RECIPE

Saffron Corn Soup

Wonderfully fresh and delightful recipes are in Louisa Shafia’s latest cookbook, The New Persian Kitchen. Beautiful colors, intense flavors and nutritious ingredients are found in all the dishes.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 yellow onions, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 6 large ears corn, shucked
  • 3 dried limes, soaked in hot water to cover for 15 minutes
  • 6 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron, ground and steeped in 1 tablespoon hot water
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation

Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat and cook the onions for about 10 minutes, until they start to brown. Add the turmeric and corn. Pierce the limes with a knife or fork and add them to the pot along with their soaking water. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, until the corn is just tender.


Squeeze the limes against the side of the pot with a long spoon to extract their concentrated flavor before removing them from the soup. Blend half of the soup in a blender, then return it to the pot. Add the saffron and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add lemon juice, to taste, and serve.

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