Etli Dovga

ETLI DOVGA – YOGURT AND HERB SUP WITH MEATBALLS AND CHICKPEAS

Dovga is a traditional Azerbaijani soup made of plain yogurt and herbs. Dovga without meat is considered as a classic dish, but Dovga with chickpeas and meat – is a favorite one.
To make this, not only tasty, but healthy dish you will need the following ingredients.

Ingredients:
1 liter yogurt
1 liter water
½ cup short grain rice
1 egg
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of dill
1 bunch of parsley
½ bunch of mint.
½ kg (1 lb) ground (minced) beef or lamb
1 small onion
½ cup of chickpeas
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
1. Wash and finely chop the herbs.

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2. In the pot put washed rice, cover with 1 cup of hot water, mix, and simmer over low heat until the rice is cooked.

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3. Let the rice to cool down, then add the egg and mix them well.

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4. Place the yogurt into the pot.

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5. Mix the yogurt well with the rice-egg mixture.

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6. Gradually add the water and mix everything well.
Place the pot over a medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring all the time clockwise (non stop) with a wooden spoon. This process will take plenty of time (approximately 20 minutes), so you need to be patient and choose a longer spoon.
All these steps are very important for getting the smooth texture of Dovga.

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7. When Dovga begins to boil, reduce the heat, and then put all chopped herbs, mix well, and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.

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8. Turn off the heat and add salt to your taste. Don’t add salt until Dovga is cooked, otherwise it will curdle!

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9. In a bowl, combine the grounded meat with finely chopped or grounded onion, season with salt and pepper, and mix well. Form small balls and cook them in the water or broth.

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10. Soak the dried chickpeas overnight in cold water. Rinse and cook them in the water or broth.

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11. Add the meatballs and chickpeas to Dovga at the end of the cooking process.
Serve hot or warm.

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Bon Appétit! Enjoy!

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