Enjoy your Iftar with Joshpara dumpling soup

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Chuchpara or Joshpara, kind of dumpling, which is popular in Central Asia, Kyrgyz cuisine. Photo : Dreamstime

Everyone loves Momo, the dumpling stuffed with juicy fillings served with hot meat soup. But what’s Joshpara? Very few of us know that a similar item is very much popular in Central Asia, the Caucasus region, and the Middle East. It is called Dushbere, Dushpara or Joshpara. It is an adored cuisine, especially for Iftar and Sehri.

What is a Joshpara?

It is a kind of dumpling which the Muslims of the Middle East and Central Asia love to savour. The word Josh means ‘To boil’ and para means ‘bit’. Before the 10th century, Muslims commonly used this word. After that, it got replaced by gosh-e-barrah or lamb’s ear.

Other names are Dushbara ( in Azerbaijani), Tushpara (in Kazakh), Tushbera (in Tajik) and so on. Historians say the Arabic word shishbarak is derived from Joshpara in pre-Islamic times.

According to some culinary historians, the name of this dish comes from the Turkish word düşbərə. The words ‘tosh’ and ‘dash’ mean filled up and spill out. The word berek means food made from dough. Hence, it can be said that joshpara should be added to boiling water and spilled out of the cooking pan.

How to prepare this dumpling soup:

Dough ingredients:

2 cups of flour, 1 cup for kneading and thinning the dough

1/2 tsp of salt

1 egg

2 cups of warm water

Filling ingredients:

250 g of lamb or beef meat, meat should not be lean

1/2 cup of grated onion

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Broth ingredients:

200 gm of Lamb or beef

10 cups of water

1/7 tsp turmeric powder

1 small onion, grated

1/2 tsp Saffron

salt to taste


To make broth:

Put 10 cups of water in a saucepan, put the meat, salt, saffron, and turmeric in it. Add a little bit of grated onion and let it boil.

To make the dumplings:

Knead the flour to make dough with all the ingredients for 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball and keep it covered for 7-8 minutes.

Now, flatten the dough with a rolling pin. Continue until you have a 1.5 mm thick circle with 50 cm of diameter.

Cut the dough into small squares. First, cut into parallel strips, then cut the strips across. Then put the filling in the middle of the squares.

Bring two opposite corners of a square together and make a triangle. Bring the two ends of the longest side of the triangle and press together to seal.

Now add the dumplings into the simmering broth. Stir once to separate them. Cook them uncovered until the dumplings float to the top. Adjust seasoning and remove it from the heat.

Serve it with coriander or dried mint. Thus, your healthy meal for Iftar is prepared. Enjoy!

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