Noodle and Yogurt Soup

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This fascinating dish is made using the humblest ingredients but thanks to some culinary imagination the result is an unusual soup with two textures. A simple flour and water dough similar to pasta’s is fashioned into two shapes and each is cooked differently before being brought together in a yogurt broth. This dish should be eaten hot. It will add a talking point to a supra spread. They say it will also cure a hangover.

Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 220 g / 8 oz / cups plain / all-purpose flour
  • 120 ml / 4 fl oz / ½ cup water
  • 60 g / 2 oz / 4 tbsp clarified butter
  • 75 g / oz / ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 120 ml / 4 fl oz / ½ cup plain yogurt
  • salt

Method

Mix the flour and water together to form a fairly stiff dough. Knead it on a lightly floured surface for 3–4 minutes or until the dough is smooth and doesn’t stick. Divide the dough ball into two pieces. Cover one in plastic wrap while you work the other.

Roll the first piece of dough into a circle about 6 mm / ¼ in thick. Sprinkle it with flour. Cut it into four strips, horizontally. Stack the strips and slice them crosswise to produce short noodles about 1.5 cm / ½ in wide. Sprinkle with flour as you break them into individual noodles.

Roll the remaining dough into several ropes the thickness of fat pencils. Cut each rope crosswise to form small chunky pieces about 1.5 cm / ½ in long. Sprinkle them with a little flour.

Melt the butter in a medium frying pan over low to medium heat and, when it’s bubbling, add the chunky dough pieces to the butter, tossing them until they’re golden brown. This will take about 15 minutes. Bring 720 ml / 24 fl oz / 3 cups of water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Add the onions to the pan with the dough chunks and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, 5–6 minutes.

When the water boils, stir in teaspoons salt and the noodles. When the water comes back to the boil and the noodles come to the surface, stir in the yogurt and cook for a couple of minutes more. Stir in the onion mixture, taste for seasoning and serve.

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