Aushak – Afghani Spring Onion Dumplings

Aushak - Afghani Spring Onion Dumplings

Aushak, also spelled Ashak, is an Afghan dish made of pasta dumplings filled with spring onion, with a meaty tomato sauce, topped with yoghurt and dried mint. A time-consuming meal to prepare, it is usually served on holidays or at special gatherings.
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  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 225 g beef mince (ground beef)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, diced
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spring onion (scallions) tops, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (red pepper flakes)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped

Recipe Instructions

  • Make the dumpling filling with the spring onions, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic, mixing in a bowl.
  • Place this filling into wonton wrappers, pressing them into half circles.
  • For the meat sauce, sauté onion until golden, then add beef, garlic, coriander, and ginger cooking until meat is cooked through. Stir in water and continue cooking at same heat for 5 minutes, before adding tomato paste and continuing to cook for a further 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Finally, blend the yoghurt, garlic and salt in a bowl for the yoghurt sauce.
  • Serve the dumplings covered with the meat sauce and a small amount of yoghurt sauce and garnished with mint.

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