Abgoosht (Lamb Chickpea Soup)

Abgoosht is one of the most traditional Iranian foods. It is also called Dizi, which refers to the traditional stone crock pots it is served in. Hundreds of years ago Abgoosht was made with lamb and chickpeas. However, later on when new foods such as potatoes and tomatoes were introduced to Iranian Cuisine, the recipe had some changes.

Serving Abgoosht has a special custom. First the broth is poured in a bowl and served with small pieces of bread soaked in it. Then the remaining ingredients such as potatoes, beans, chickpeas and lamb are mashed up to a mashed-potato type consistency and served separately alongside with the broth.

Serves 4 People
Prep time
Cook Time
2h 0m


  • 2
    lamb shanks
  • 1 Cup
    white beans, soaked over night
  • 1 Cup
    chickpeas, soaked over night
  • 1
    large onion
  • 2
  • 1 Tablespoon
    tomato paste
  • 1 Teaspoon
  • 1 Teaspoon
    ground dried lime, or 2 table spoon lemon juice
  • ½ Teaspoons
  • 1
    large potato, peeled
  • ½ Tablespoons
  • water


  1. Place the meat, onion, chickpeas, beans and peeled tomatoes in a large pot.

  2. Place the pot over medium heat. Add turmeric and 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low heat for one to two hours.

  3. When meat is almost cooked, remove the tomatoes, onion and any fat from the meat and place them in a bowl.

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  4. Using a blender or meat masher, mash the onion, tomatoes and fat. Add it to the pot again. Add salt, pepper, tomato paste, potato and lemon juice. Cover and continue cooking for another hour.

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  5. If necessary adjust water and keep cooking until all the ingredients are fully cooked, taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve warm with bread.

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3 reviews for Abgoosht (Lamb Chickpea Soup)

  1. Manjula revanns


    Thanks for the receipe . I like Persian food so it is very helpfull to me to cook Iran food in home and enjoy .

  2. Terri


    I love Persian food, thank you for the recipe .

  3. Therese foot


    ils auraient du t expliquer… et certainement tu n’aurais pas commandé

  4. Sue


    I used my pressure cooker…ready in about 40 mins; counting prep time.

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  6. sema


    I m crazy about Iranian food especially Dizi. i really enjoyed to visit IRAN. dont miss Dizi

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