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Authentic Recipe of Ashak. Mouthwatering Afghan Traditional Chives and Scallion Dumplings.

Ashak, or Aushak, is a traditional dumpling from Afghanistan. This authentic dish is made at family gatherings with chives and scallion filling.

Things to know about Ashak Recipe

The word Ashak originated from the Persian language, meaning “tear.” It’s a tear-shaped pasta dumpling filled with a delicious mixture of chives and scallion, usually served with meat sauce or Chaka, a yogurt sauce. It’s a well-celebrated dish made at family gatherings where everyone takes part in wrapping and cooking.

Mouthwatering Afghan Traditional Chives and Scallion Dumplings. Authentic Recipe of Ashak.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: آشک افغانی
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Occasional Cooking Weekend Family Meal Recipes


Servings 25 Servings
Calories / Serving 83 kcal



  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil or any vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch Scallion Thinly sliced
  • 3 pcs Chives Thinly sliced, green part
  • 1 clove Garlic Minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Red Chili Flake
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  • 25 pcs Wonton Wrapper Circular

Meat Sauce

  • 1 pc Yellow Onion Large, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 250 grams (8.82 oz) Ground (Minced) Beef
  • 250 grams (8.82 oz) Ground (Minced) Lamb
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Paprika Powder
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Ground Coriander Powder
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce

Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 3 tsp Dried Mint
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Fresh Mint Thinly sliced



  • Heat the oil in a large pan and add chives and scallion.
  • Stir fry for 8-10 minutes
  • Add garlic and cook until light brown.
  • Then add salt, black pepper, and red chili flakes. Fry for a minute.
  • Turn the heat off and put the mixture in a bowl to cool down.


  • Take a baking sheet and grease the surface.
  • Take each wonton and put a teaspoon of the filling in the center.
  • Wet the ends of the wrapper and fold in half and seal. Line these dumplings on the greased baking sheet.
  • Make sure there are no air pockets inside.
  • Now take a large pot, boil water in it.
  • Cook the dumplings in boiling water in batches.
  • Lower heat while cooking, it will take 2-3minutes to cook completely.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon.

Meat Sauce

  • Heat oil in a pan and fry onions until golden brown.
  • Then add minced garlic and fry for a minute.
  • Add the ground meat, salt, pepper, paprika, and coriander powder.
  • Cook meat until its soft and the color change to brown.
  • Add the tomato sauce and cook until thick.

Yogurt Sauce

  • In a bowl, mix the yogurt, mint powder, and salt.
  • Garnish with fresh mint.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Healthy Recipes
Religious Cooking Halal Recipes


Calories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 303mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 154IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Ashak Recipe, Aushak Recipe, Traditional Afghan Chives and Scallion Dumplings
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Cooking tip for making

Add leeks if chive is not available. Keep sauce warm while preparing other ingredients by putting it on low flame.

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What to serve with

  • Put dumplings on the plate and layer meat sauce over them.
  • You can also layer yogurt sauce or serve it in a separate dish

Variations of

For the vegetarian variation, skip meat sauce and add lentils instead. Kidney beans are preferred.

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