Delicious Azerbaijani soup made with pomegranate and spinach

Hey there foodies, are you tired of the same old boring soup recipes? Do you want to excite your taste buds with a rich and flavorful vegan soup that is easy to make and simply delicious? Well, I have just the recipe for you – an Azerbaijani Pomegranate & Spinach Soup that is sure to impress!

This soup features a unique blend of ingredients that come together beautifully to create a dish that is both tangy and savory. The addition of walnuts, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, dried mint flakes, fresh mint leaves, sugar, cinnamon, fresh ground black pepper, salt, pomegranate juice, fresh ginger, garlic cloves and cumin seeds provides a perfect balance of flavors.

Not only is this dish vegan-friendly and healthy, but it’s also incredibly easy to make! A heavy pot over medium heat is all you need to simmer up an amazing bowl of goodness. And if you’re looking for something new to add to your list of vegan recipes or soup recipes, this one is definitely worth trying!

So what are you waiting for? Dust off your pots and pans and let’s get cooking with this exotic recipe from Azerbaijan- the perfect addition to ideas recipes in international cuisine!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup (Vegan)
Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup (Vegan)

Prepare your taste buds for an out-of-this-world dining experience! This dish is a vegan delight that combines all the flavors and textures of Azerbaijani cuisine with a modern twist of pomegranate and spinach soup.

One of the reasons you’ll love this recipe is the exquisite blend of spices that our recipe calls for. We’ve combined cumin seeds, fresh ground black pepper, dried mint flakes, cinnamon, ginger, and garlic cloves to create a unique sensory experience that will take your mouth on a journey to the Middle East.

Another reason is the nutritional value our soup brings to your table. With spinach as the main ingredient, this soup packs tons of vitamins and minerals essential to maintaining a healthy body. Not to mention the health benefits offered by pomegranate seeds and juice, which provide a surge of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents necessary for optimal health.

A third reason you’ll love this recipe is its versatility. As a vegan dish, it caters to those following strict dietary rules. But it’s also great for those seeking to reduce their meat intake and enjoy plant-based dishes more frequently. Additionally, if you’re looking to add some variety to your meal planning or wanting to explore other cultural recipes – this soup is perfect for experimentation!

In summary, you’ll fall in love with this Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup because of its unique blend of flavors and diverse nutritional benefits. Its versatility means its perfect for any dietary needs or personal preferences too! So don’t hesitate: pull up that apron, tie up those shoelaces, and start cooking!

Ingredient List

“A burst of color and flavor in every spoonful!”

Let me tell you about the delicious ingredients that come together to create this Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup. For 4 to 6 servings, you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups of spinach, washed thoroughly and finely chopped (that’s about 2 large bunches or bags)
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth or water
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (note: if you don’t have pomegranate molasses, just add an extra tablespoon or two of sugar)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (note: toasted pine nuts bring a delightful crunch to the soup but if you don’t have them or can’t find them, you can always skip them)
  • 1/4 cup dried mint flakes
  • A small bunch of fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped (for garnish)

All the ingredients in this recipe are easily found at your local grocery store or online.

The Recipe How-To

“Full of nutritious goodness and vibrant hues!”

Here we are, ready to walk through the step-by-step guide to create this delicious Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup. Trust me, it looks and tastes fantastic, so you have to try it.

Prepping the Ingredients

First things first: gather your ingredients. You will need 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds, 1 tablespoon of dried mint flakes, 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon, salt and fresh ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 garlic cloves pressed or minced, and 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger finely grated. Don’t forget to buy a bag of fresh spinach leaves, about 5 cups, and 4 cups of vegetable broth. Also, make sure you have pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, walnuts or pine nuts to use as toppings.

Cooking the Soup

Let’s start by heating the heavy pot on medium heat until the pan is hot enough. Pour in the vegetable oil and add the cumin seeds when it gets heated up. Give it a couple of seconds so that the seeds will become fragrant. Then immediately add in the garlic and ginger paste along with 1 tablespoon of dried mint flakes.

Keep stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes as you don’t want it to burn, then add in the fresh spinach leaves gradually into the pan while stirring consistently for another few minutes until they’re wilted.

Now’s a good time to add those 2 tablespoons of sugar as well as salt and fresh ground black pepper to your liking, also with a little bit of cinnamon if preferred. Combine everything well then pour in 4 cups of vegetable broth and bring it all together by mixing properly.

It’s that easy! But patience is important at this point – we’ll let it simmer for around half an hour or until most liquid evaporates away or absorbed by spinach but still leave soup texture there. Remember to stir intermittently.


For plating, ladle each serving into individual bowls and drizzle about a tablespoonful or two per bowl with pomegranate juice then garnish each bowl with some pomegranate seeds and walnuts (or pine nuts). A little dusting with freshly ground black pepper always helps too.

Now that you know how easy it is to make this wonderful dish – don’t hesitate. Get into your kitchen today!

Substitutions and Variations

“A delicious way to get your daily dose of spinach!”

This pomegranate and spinach soup recipe is already a vegan sensation, but there are still ways to make it even more personalized. Feel free to adjust the recipe according to your preferences or ingredient availability.

Here are some substitutions and variations:

– Nuts: Instead of walnuts and pine nuts, you can use your favorite nuts such as almonds, cashews or pecans. The key is to toast them before adding them to the soup for an enhanced nutty flavor.

– Sugar: If you prefer using natural sweeteners, you can substitute sugar with maple syrup, agave syrup or honey. However, honey is not vegan, so avoid using it if you’re making this soup for vegans.

– Cumin: Cumin seeds might not be convenient for everyone, in which case you can use ground cumin instead. Just adjust the amount accordingly as ground cumin has a stronger flavor than whole cumin seeds.

– Spinach: While fresh spinach is recommended for this recipe, you can also use frozen spinach if fresh ones are unavailable. Just make sure to thaw them properly before adding them to the soup.

– Pomegranate Juice and Molasses: Pomegranate juice and molasses give this soup its tangy flavor. If you cannot find either of these ingredients in your local grocery store, feel free to substitute them with lime juice or lemon juice.

– Red Lentil Soup Variation: You can turn this recipe into a lentil soup by swapping out the spinach with red lentils. The basic method would remain the same; however, you would need an additional 1 cup of vegetable stock and 1/2 cup of red lentils (rinsed) to make this variation work.

Whether you decide to stick close to the original recipe or put your spin on it by trying any of these substitutions and variations ideas, this pomegranate and spinach soup will surely be a satisfying meal that will impress your guests.

Serving and Pairing

“This soup is like a warm hug on a cold day!”


This Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup is a burst of flavors that will make your taste buds happy! It is perfect as a delicious and satisfying meal on its own, but it’s also lovely paired with other dishes.

Since this soup has a sweet and tangy flavor from the pomegranate, it pairs well with savory dishes such as lentil soup, orzo soup, or even a dumpling soup. The lightness of the spinach balances out heavier plates like potato soup or a creamy spinach quiche.

You can also serve this soup with some refreshing salads, like borani esfanaj, which is a middle eastern dish made with spinach yogurt, walnuts, and dried mint flakes. A simple green salad with fresh mint leaves and pomegranate seeds can also work well.

To elevate the flavors in this dish even more, sprinkle some crushed pine nuts or walnuts on top just before serving. You can also add a dollop of vegan sour cream for a creamier texture that is sure to please.

As for drinks, a glass of pomegranate juice will complement the soup nicely – it will enhance the sweetness of the dish while being refreshing at the same time. If you prefer something stronger, a cup of fragrant hot tea or coffee will be perfect for colder days.

In summary, there are endless pairing options for this flavorful and nutritious soup. Be creative with what you have on hand and experiment until you find your favorite combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“A fusion of Azerbaijani and vegan cuisine that will leave you craving more!”

Now that you’ve prepared this incredible Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup, you might be wondering what the best way is to store and reheat it. Luckily, this soup is just as delicious reheated as it is when freshly made. In fact, the flavors tend to meld together even better over time.

If you plan on serving this soup later or want to make extra for leftover meals throughout the week, follow these simple storage guidelines:

– Let the soup cool down to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container. You may store it in a refrigerator for up to 5 days or in a freezer for up to 3 months.

– When reheating, take it out from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes – this will help bring it up to temperature faster and prevent overcooking of the spinach leaves.

– Once heated through thoroughly on a low flame or microwave (stir every 30 seconds), serve in bowls topped with a dollop of vegan yoghurt or nuts.

This soup is also perfect for meal prep since it saves well and is very filling. You can portion out servings into containers and have them ready for work lunches or quick dinners when there’s no time to prepare something fresh.

Overall, when stored correctly and reheated properly, this pomegranate spinach soup will taste just as flavorful, creamy and delicious as when freshly made – making it an ideal recipe for busy weekdays with minimum cooking time.

Tips for Perfect Results

Achieving the perfect texture and flavor for the Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup is critical to making your guests crave for more. Here are valuable tips on how to make this vegan soup perfectly every time, so you don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen, yet impress everyone with your culinary skills.

To add depth to the soup, cook the ginger and garlic until they release their aromas before adding other ingredients. When preparing the soup base, make sure you choose a heavy pot that can withstand medium heat throughout the cooking process.

When blending the soup, it’s better to use a hand-held immersion blender if you have one as it will make the blending process more efficient and give you a better creamy texture. However, if you don’t have one, proceed with caution when using a regular blender, and never fill it up more than halfway full so that hot soup doesn’t blow the lid off in all directions!

For richness in flavor, letting your soup sit overnight can enhance its taste profile even further. For a meal that comes together quickly, save some leftover soup from dinner for lunch or whip up both at once to have some nutritious comfort food throughout the week.

Additionally, consider pairing this vegan soup with a salad recipe or adding some pinches of nuts and seeds on top of each bowl to give every scoop extra crunchiness and healthy fats.

Lastly, don’t hesitate to experiment with swapping in different ingredients according to what’s available or suitable for your taste buds! There are many variations that can make this soup uniquely yours – think about adding some other delicious vegetarian or vegan recipes like orzo soup or lentil soup to have a wholesome Middle Eastern-inspired feast. Whatever combination you choose; this dish will be perfect for any occasion – enjoy!

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the information and guidance to create this delicious Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup, there’s only one thing for you to do – make it! And trust me, you won’t regret it.

With its combination of savory and sweet flavors, this vegan soup recipe is sure to become a new favorite in your household. Plus, it’s packed with nutrients and ingredients that are good for you. The spinach is full of vitamins and minerals while the pomegranate juice provides antioxidants. The walnuts and pine nuts add a nice crunch while also being a great source of healthy fats.

So, gather your ingredients, put on some music, and get cooking! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations or substitutions to suit your taste – this recipe is versatile enough to accommodate many different ideas.

And when you’re done, sit down with a hot bowl of this delicious soup, take a deep breath in, and savor every bite. As they say in Azerbaijan: “Əfiyyət olsun!” (Bon Appétit!)

Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup (Vegan)

Azerbaijani Pomegranate and Spinach Soup (Vegan) Recipe

From Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey by Najmieh Batmanglij. In the list of ingredients is also 1 Tbsp angelica powder but the recipe editor would not let me add it. This is untried by me so far, but I plan on making it this winter while pomegranites are in season. It took me quite some time to find angelica powder. I found it in a magic speciality shop.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Calories 583.4 kcal



  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach, washed and drained
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, shredded (or 2 tsp dried mint)


  • 1 teaspoon dried mint flakes
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds (about one large pomegranate)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or 1 cup pine nuts, toasted and coarsely chopped


  • Heat 4 Tbsp oil in a medium, heavy pot over medium heat.
  • Add cumin and stir fry for 20 seconds until aromatic.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Add rice flour and stir fry for 3 minutes.
  • Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the pomegranate juice, salt, pepper, cinnamon, sugar, angelica powder, spinach and mint. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and smmer over low for 15 minutes.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste; the soup should be sweet and sour.
  • Pour the soup into a tureen and garnish with the mint flakes, pomegranite seeds and walnuts.
  • Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 379gCalories: 583.4kcalCarbohydrates: 68.5gProtein: 7.1gFat: 34.4gSaturated Fat: 3.9gSodium: 1197.9mgFiber: 5.3gSugar: 50.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Vegan
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