Mouth-watering Aush recipe: perfect for a chilly evening

As I walked through the streets of Afghanistan, I was struck by the scents and flavors that filled the air. One dish, in particular, stood out to me – Aush Afghan Lamb Chili. Its spicy and complex flavors were unlike anything I had ever tasted before. The dish is a staple in Afghan cuisine, and after trying it for myself, I knew I had to share this recipe with the world.

Aush Afghan Lamb Chili is a dish that has been passed down from generation to generation, and it is considered a cultural icon in Afghanistan. It brings people together and is a source of pride for many Afghans. As you prepare this dish, you are not just making a meal; you are partaking in centuries of tradition.

Through this recipe, I hope to bring the taste of Afghanistan into your kitchen. With its tender chunks of browned lamb and savory chickpeas and spinach, this recipe will transport you to another world – one filled with rich spices and bold flavors.

So gather your ingredients and get ready to take a culinary journey to Afghanistan with this Aush Afghan Lamb Chili recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili)
Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili)

Listen here, folks. If you’re looking for a recipe that will knock your socks off, then you’ve come to the right place. This Aush Afghani Lamb Chili recipe is not for the faint of heart. It’s a spicy, complex chili that will take your taste buds on a journey they won’t soon forget.

First of all, let’s talk about the ingredients. We have 1 pound of ground lamb, chickpeas, spinach, and lots of spices like garam masala, chili powder, ground cumin, and dried mint. These bold flavors come together to create an explosion of taste in your mouth that you simply can’t resist.

But what really sets this dish apart is its unique texture. The afghan noodle soup base is the perfect vehicle for all those delicious meaty chunks and legumes that make this dish so hearty and filling. It’s like a warm hug in a bowl – comforting and satisfying all at the same time.

Now, some folks might be intimidated by the thought of a “complex” chili recipe. But don’t worry – I’m here to guide you through every step of the way. Trust me when I say that this recipe is totally doable if you take it step by step.

And once you’ve got that bowl of spicy goodness in front of you, don’t forget the final touch – a dollop of creamy yogurt on top. It adds a cooling contrast to the heat of the chili that balances everything out perfectly.

So why should you try this recipe? Because it’s not your average ground beef chili. It’s something more special, with lots of legumes and veggies that make it healthy and hearty all at once. Trust me – one spoonful and you’ll be hooked for life.

Ingredient List

Here is a comprehensive list of ingredients for this delicious Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) recipe:

Ground Lamb: 1 pound

Onion, coarsely chopped: 1

Olive Oil: 2 tablespoons

Minced Garlic Cloves: 4

Chickpeas, drained and rinsed: 15-ounce can

Diced Tomatoes: 28-ounce can

Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and squeezed dry: 10-ounce package

Red Pepper Flakes: ½ teaspoon, or to taste

Chili Powder: 2 teaspoons

Ground Cumin: 2 teaspoons

Garam Masala: 1 teaspoon

Dried Mint: 1 teaspoon

That’s it! These ingredients are all you need to make this flavorful Afghan Lamb Chili. Don’t worry if you don’t have some of the spices in your pantry – there are plenty of substitutions available that I will discuss in section (5) of this recipe article.

The Recipe How-To

Cooking the Perfect Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili)

Cooking a delicious aush afghan requires patience and attention to detail. But with these easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll have a mouthwatering chili that is sure to impress your taste buds.


Before starting, make sure you have all your ingredients ready. You’ll need:
– 1 pound of ground lamb
– 1 onion, coarsely chopped
– 2 minced garlic cloves
– 1 teaspoon of garam masala
– 1 tablespoon of chili powder
– 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
– 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
– 1/4 cup of dried mint
– 1 can (28 oz) of diced tomatoes
– 1 can (15 oz) of chickpeas
– 1 package (10 oz) of frozen chopped spinach
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Olive oil


Step 1: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground lamb and cook it until it’s browned. Once browned, use a slotted spoon to transfer the lamb to a plate but leave the remaining juices behind.

Step 2: In the same skillet, sauté onion and garlic until they become tender and fragrant. Add garam masala, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, and dried mint. Cook until spices are fragrant.

Step 3: Add diced tomatoes to the skillet along with one cup of water. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for about five minutes.

Step 4: Return browned meat back into the skillet along with chickpeas, frozen spinach (defrosted before adding), and two cups of water. Reduce heat to low-medium reserving one cup-based soup for another dish). Cover the skillet and let it simmer for at least thirty minutes.

Tips for Perfect Results:

  • To make this dish spicier add more crushed red pepper flakes or chili powder.
  • For a healthier version of this recipe, replace the ground lamb with sweet potatoes or lentils!
  • When browning meat in step one make sure not to mush them together as they won’t brown properly!

There you have it! An authentic recipe Aush Afghan you’d only get in an Afghani home! Enjoy your delicious homemade chili!

Substitutions and Variations

When it comes to cooking, it’s always great to experiment with different ingredients and flavors. Fortunately, Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) Recipe is a versatile dish that can be customized to cater to your tastes and preferences. Here are some delicious substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Ground beef can be used in place of ground lamb if preferred.

– Sweet potatoes can also be added for a sweeter, starchier flavor.

– If you want to make this recipe vegetarian-friendly, swap out the lamb for lentils or vegetables such as carrots or zucchini.

– If spinach isn’t your thing, you could use kale or collard greens instead.

– For a milder flavor, reduce the amount of chili powder and red pepper flakes used in the recipe.

– Fettuccine pasta can be substituted with egg noodles or spaghetti if necessary.

No matter which substitution or variation you choose, don’t forget the final touch of creamy yogurt on top before serving!

Serving and Pairing

Aush Afghan Lamb Chili is a hearty and flavorful dish that can be enjoyed on its own or accompanied by complementary sides. The spicy and complex chili recipe pairs perfectly with classic Afghan noodles or legumes and veggies, making it a filling meal for any occasion.

For a traditional meal, serve the Aush Afghan Lamb Chili with fettuccine pasta or Afghan noodles. The noodles will absorb the delicious broth of the soup, creating a luscious and satisfying texture. You can also add some sour cream and dried mint on top of the chili to give it an extra layer of flavor and fragrance.

If you prefer a more protein-packed meal, add some chickpeas to the soup. The chickpeas will blend well with the lamb while providing a healthy dose of fiber and vegetarian-friendly protein.

For a sweet and savory combination, serve the Aush Afghan Lamb Chili with roasted sweet potatoes. The natural sweetness of the potatoes helps balance out the spiciness of the chili while adding a comforting touch.

And for those who are looking for a vegetarian option, you can try replacing the ground lamb with lentils or other plant-based protein sources. The vegetarian Aush soup is just as delicious and will satisfy your craving for something warm, hearty, and flavorful.

No matter how you choose to serve it, don’t forget the final touch of creamy yogurt on top of your bowl of Aush Afghan Lamb Chili. It adds rich creaminess to every bite, enhancing all the delectable flavors in every spoonful.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Making a big batch of Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) Recipe is always a good idea, as it can easily be stored and reheated for later consumption. One of the best things about this recipe is that it freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time and store it in the freezer for quick and easy meals. I recommend dividing the soup into portions or serving sizes and storing them in separate containers to avoid having to thaw the entire batch when you only need a portion.

When it comes to reheating this lamb chili recipe, I suggest using a stovetop method over microwaving. You can easily reheat the soup in a pot on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. If the soup appears too thick after being refrigerated or frozen, simply add some water or broth to thin it out.

For storage, place the cooled Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) Recipe into an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Be sure to let the soup cool down before putting them in the fridge. This recipe may also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months, making it perfect to have on hand for those busy nights when you don’t have time for extensive cooking.

One tip I’d like to share is to only add sour cream and dried mint as toppings upon serving and not store them together with the soup. The sour cream will become watery over time and the dried mint will lose its aroma, diminishing the intended overall flavor of the dish.

In conclusion, Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) Recipe is a great make-ahead meal that stores and reheats beautifully with minimum fuss while still retaining its flavorful nature.

Tips for Perfect Results

Cooking Afghan cuisine can be a daunting task, but with proper preparation and execution, you’ll yield mouth-watering results. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) turns out perfect every time.

First, invest in good quality ground lamb or substitute with beef. The meat is the star ingredient in this recipe, and it’s important to choose an excellent quality of protein.

Secondly, brown the lamb well before adding it to the pot. Browning adds flavor and texture to your chili. Don’t overcrowd the pan as this will lead to steaming rather than browning.

Thirdly, be generous with the spices! The combination of garam masala, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes and dried mint is what creates the unique and complex flavors in this dish.

Fourthly, don’t skimp on the onions and garlic! They are integral to building flavor profiles in many recipes including this one.

Fifthly, if you prefer a creamier texture for your Aush, add a dollop of sour cream or thick yogurt chaka on top of each serving. It will add a final touch to balance out the spices.

Moreover, if you want your vegetarian friends to enjoy this recipe as well, substitute the lamb with sweet potatoes or lentils. Whether you are feeding meat-lovers or vegetarians they will be equally happy.

Finally, keep in mind that Aush Afghani is best accompanied by noodles, legumes or veggies on the side. I recommend serving it with fettuccine pasta or white beans soup to soak up all those delicious flavors.

Follow these tips and serve this Afghan delicacy with confidence knowing that it will surely impress your family and guests!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) is a delicious and hearty dish that you should definitely add to your recipe collection. Its spicy and complex flavor profile will impress anyone you serve it to, and its versatility means that you can customize it to suit your personal preferences. Whether you’re serving it as a main dish or a side, this Afghan lamb chili is sure to satisfy.

So what are you waiting for? Gather up the ingredients from the list and give this recipe a try. Don’t be afraid to make substitutions or variations to make it your own. Whether you choose to serve it with noodles or legumes and veggies, don’t forget the final touch of creamy yogurt (Chaka) that takes the flavor to another level.

With step-by-step instructions and tips for perfect results, anyone can make this recipe at home. Make-ahead, storing, and reheating options also make this recipe a great choice for meal prepping.

In short, whether you are an experienced cook or new to cooking, Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) is worth trying out. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and give this flavorful and unique dish a taste. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili)

Aush (Afghan Lamb Chili) Recipe

A spicy and complex chili recipe from Afghanistan, with browned lamb, chickpeas, spinach, and lots of spices!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Afghan
Calories 471.9 kcal


  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 (11 ounce) can chickpeas
  • 2 (11 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 4 teaspoons dried mint
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 6 teaspoons garam masala
  • 16 ounces dry fettuccine pasta
  • 1 gold onion
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Thaw and thoroughly drain the frozen spinach.
  • Brown ground lamb in skillet, then remove to a cast iron pot or dutch oven. Leave the drippings in the skillet.
  • Chop one gold/yellow onion.
  • Use the drippings in the skillet to cook 1 chopped onion until almost translucent. Use slotted spoon to add the cooked onions to the pot with the lamb.
  • Add the diced tomatoes (with juice), the chickpeas (drained), the chopped spinach, the minced garlic, and all of the dry spices to the pot.
  • Simmer pot for 6 hours on low heat.
  • Boil salted water for fettucini.
  • Break fettucini in half and cook for 8 minutes at a low boil.
  • Stir 1 cup sour cream into simmer pot.
  • Serve chili hot over drained fettucini!

Your Own Notes


Serving: 327gCalories: 471.9kcalCarbohydrates: 49.4gProtein: 21.2gFat: 21.6gSaturated Fat: 9.4gCholesterol: 99.4mgSodium: 233.6mgFiber: 4.5gSugar: 4g
Keyword Beans, Greens, Lamb/Sheep, Meat, Spicy, Spinach, Vegetable
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