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Pistachio soup

Omid Roustaei, The Caspian Chef
Creamy pistachio soup topped with barberries or pomegranate when in season
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Persian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup pistachios, shelled and as much of the skin removed and ground.
  • 2 tablespoons butter, ghee or olive oil
  • 4 shallots, diced
  • 1 leak, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoons coriander, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper or cayenne, ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt, adjust to your taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 5-6 cups broth, chicken or vegetable, unsalted or low salt
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced


  • 4 tablespoons pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons barberries, rinse in cold water
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped


  • Remove the shells from the pistachios and gently rub them with your fingers to remove as much of the skin around the nut. Place in a food processor and pulse until you have a fine ground.
  • In a large pot, over medium heat, saute the shallots and leek with oil for about 10 minutes until softened and translucent.
  • Add garlic, ginger and the spices and continue to saute for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the rice flour and mix until the flour has nicely coated the ingredients inside the pot.
  • Add the ground pistachios and the remaining ingredients and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and cook for about 45 minutes.
  • The soup should have a velvety and creamy consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust the flavors by adding more salt or citrus flavoring. (See note).
  • Pour the soup into a large serving bowl and garnish with barberries, chives and more pistachios.
  • Serve with flatbread.


I prefer to puree this soup using a handheld blender to make the consistency smooth and creamy.
When pomegranates are in season I prefer using fresh pomegranates to barberries.
Keyword barberry, pistachio, pomegranate, soup
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