Reshte Posht-e Paw

Today, my wife (and I helped a little) made ash-e reshte, a traditional noodle and chick-pea soup. It is cooked on the second day of a significate journey of a loved one; this ritual is called reshte posht-e paw (noodle for behind of feet (walking away)). Two days ago, my mother-in-law went on her first pilgrimage to Mecca, hadj. My wife's sister made enough soup in Iran for 100 families today, but we only made some for ourselves and some of our local friends. We are not even supposed to be making it, but my wife and I both felt it was good to do so. We'll be having it for lunch soon and I can hardly wait.

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