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Meatballs With Saffron Rice

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This recipe I´m sharing today is one of my own favorites. Every time that I cook this meal I get positive feedback from friends and family and the great thing about it is that it´s so easy to make, takes little time and the ingredients are so easy to find. Recently I organized a food party at home with my friends of different nationalities and decided to represent Persian cuisine with this food served with saffron rice and Mast Khiyar as side dish. As expected I got many compliments again and everybody was in love. Some of them even took some […]

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Baghala Polo ba Mahiche (Rice with Broad Beans and Lamb Shank)

Baghali Polow ba Mahiche is one of the most popular dishes in Iran, and is usually served at parties such as wedding ceremonies. The combination of rice with dills and broad beans is called Baghali Polow, and the fork tender lamb shanks which is served beside the rice is called Mahiche. These two parts served together make a sublime taste. The origin of this food dates back to Safavid dynasty that ruled Iran from 1501 to 1722, and the kings were served with rice and lamb shanks. Nowadays it is a frequent dish among Iranian families, but still served and treated like a […]

Khorake Loobia Sabz (Green Bean Stew)

In Persian cuisine there are plenty of dishes with beans such as Rice with Green Beans and Rice with Broad Beans, but one of the most popular one in Iran is Khorake Loobia Sabz or green bean stew. This stew is made with a mixture of beef, green beans, carrot, potato, onion and tomato paste. Green beans, also knows as french beans or snap beans, are tender edible pods which are a very rich source of vitamins and minerals. For this recipe I suggest selecting the beans that are free from brown spots, have a vibrant green color and snap when broken. Also in this recipe you can […]

Abgoosht (Lamb Chickpea Soup)

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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 […]

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Kashk-e Bademjan (Eggplant Dip)

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If you are an eggplant lover, Persian cuisine can be a paradise for you. There are plenty of eggplant dishes and side dishes in Persian cuisine, and among them one of the most popular dish is Kashke Bademjan. The main ingredients of this dish are eggplants and Kashk which is a type of yogurt whey. In the process of making cheese, the remaining liquid after milk has been strained is called whey. Kashke Bademjan is often served with a special Persian bread called Lavash, but you can serve it with pita bread or crackers too.

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Estamboli Polow (Persian Tomato Rice)

Estamboli Polow is a delicious combination of rice, beef, tomato paste and potatoes. Some say that its name is taken from the type of potatoes that were used in original recipe which were called Istanbuli. But you can use any other kind of potato and it will taste equally delicious. The recipe for Estamboli Polow varies from one region to another or even from one family to another. Some families make it with only rice and tomato, some add potatoes to it and some families add meat and green beans. In our family the kind with green beans and meat is called […]

Mahi Shekam Por (Stuffed Fish)

Fish represents life, so fish dishes figure prominently at meals during Nowruz, the two-week Persian new year celebration that begins with spring. Most of the dishes served during Nowruz or Norooz holidays have herbs as a symbol of rebirth, or fish that represents life. There are other Norooz Specialty dishes such as Noodle Rice , Herb Omelette or Herb Rice with Fish that I have posted their recipes before. Mahi Shekam Por is originally from northern Iran, but its a popular dish all around the country. The stuffing is generally made with pomegranate paste, walnuts and herbs, but this recipe is a simpler version that makes an exceptionally delicious […]

Kotlet (Persian Cutlet)

Kotlet is a delicious Iranian version of ground meat patty. This is a kind of dish that can be served warm or cold, plain or with bread, at home or at a picnic. It is the kind of food that moms usually have to hide it while cooking, cause otherwise half of the patties will be eaten by the kids before serving them on the table. It is a labor intensive food since you have to spend the whole cooking time standing in front of the oven and taking care of the patties and flipping them over, but trust me it’s worth […]

Persian Chicken (Morgh)

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This authentic and delicious dish is a typical Iranian recipe. It´s quite flavorful and thanks to saffron it has nice color and aroma. This dish is always served with a kind of rice. It can be Plain rice, jeweled rice (zereshk polow) or any other kind of rice. This recipe is only for making the chicken but I have added the recipe for jeweled rice before, for if you want to serve them together. Also in this recipe you do not have to use chicken thighs. You can use any other parts of the chicken based on your preference. Let´s get started!

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Shredded Chicken with Barberry and Rice

In Persian cuisine there are some popular dishes of chicken with barberry rice such as Zereshk Polow served with Morgh (chicken) or Morasa Polow. This recipe I am sharing today is a mixture of shredded chicken mixed with barberry and saffron served on top of Persian rice. In fact it has the same main ingredients as Zereshk Polow, but it is much easier to cook and tastes delicious thanks to the generous amount of saffron in it. I have posted a detailed recipe for Persian rice before, so in this recipe I will only explain how to cook the shredded chicken mixture. […]