Main dishes

Joojeh Kebab (Grilled Saffron Chicken)

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Joojeh Kebab is a very popular dish in Iran. This kebab is usually served at parties such as wedding ceremonies. It is a food that is almost never eaten alone but with family or in a picnic. There are two ways of serving it: with Persian rice or with Persian bread. I´ll post the recipes for Persian rice and bread soon. Grilled tomatoes are always included beside this dish, but other optional components are grilled peppers and fresh lemons.

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Khoresht Havij (Carrot Stew)

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Khoresh or Khoresht is a generic term for stew dishes in Persian cuisine. There are multiple different stew dishes in Persian cuisine and they are typically served beside rice. The most popular Khoreshs are Gheymeh, Ghormeh Sabzi and Fesenjan (check  their recipes and compare!). The recipe I am sharing here for the carrot stew is very similar to the Gheymeh one. The main difference is that in Gheymeh we use french fries for topping and in this stew we use carrots instead. You will also notice that the seasoning has slight differences.

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Pan Fried Chicken and Molded Rice

I believe that a considerable part of a meal’s flavor is determined by how it is presented. As you might have seen, most of the rice dishes on my blog are molded in different shapes. Since I posted the recipe for Persian rice, I have been receiving many comments asking about how to mold the rice into a certain shape. So at the end of this recipe I will explain the simple technique for it.  

Tahchin (Layered Saffron Rice & Chicken)

Tahchin is a popular Iranian rice dish of saffron-infused rice layered with a kind of meat (or vegetable), yogurt and eggs.  There are different kinds of Tahchins based on the ingredient which is layered with rice. The most popular Tahchin among Iranians is made with shredded chicken, and the other kinds such as beef, spinach or eggplant Tahchin are not widely known. The word Tahchin literally means “placed at the bottom” and refers to the rice layer placed at the bottom of the dish, which results in a crunchy outer crust.

Khoresh Karafs (Celery Stew)

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The word Khoresh or Khoresht is a generic term for stew dishes in Persian cuisine. There are multiple different stew dishes in Iran and the most popular ones are Gheymeh, Ghormeh Sabzi and Fesenjan. Khoreshs are usually served with Persian rice which I have posted its cooking method before in a detailed recipe. Khoresh Karafs is a healthy and flavorful food made with stew meat, celery, mint, parsley, kidney beans and pomegranate paste. There is another way of cooking it which does not need kidney beans and pomegranate paste, but prunes are added instead. This recipe is for the first method, since I have tested both ways and noticed […]

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Kabab Koobideh Morgh (Ground Chicken Kebab)

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Kabab Koobideh Morgh is a kind of pan kebab made with a mixture of ground chicken, ground onion and saffron. Pan kebabs are very easy and quick to make since you do not need any skewering or grilling. The only thing you need to do is to spread the kebab mixture across a pan, give it some time, and expect a kebab just as delicious as the grilled ones. Another popular kind of pan kebab that I have shared its recipe before (Kabab Tabei), is made with ground beef instead of chicken and is a more typical dish among Iranians. Like any other kind […]

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Khoresh Bademjan (Persian Eggplant Stew)

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There are plenty of eggplant dishes and side dishes in Persian cuisine such as Eggplant Dip (Kashke Bademjan) or Stuffed Eggplant, but one of the most popular one in Iran is Khoresh Bademjan or eggplant stew. This stew is made with fried eggplants and beef meatballs in a tomato based sauce. Eggplant stew is usually served over Persian rice or with a special Persian bread called Lavash, but you can serve it with pita bread or crackers too.

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Khoresh Bamieh (Iranian Okra Stew)

The word Khoresh or Khoresht is a generic term for stew dishes in Persian cuisine. There are multiple different stew dishes in Iran and the most popular ones are Gheymeh, Ghormeh Sabzi and Fesenjan (check their recipes and compare!). Khoreshs are usually served with Persian rice which I have posted its cooking method before in a detailed recipe. Khoresh Bamieh is a common stew dish in many middle eastern regions. In Iran it is traditionally from southern provinces. This recipe is for the Persian version of Khoresh Bamieh which is a spicy stew of meat and okra. Okra, also known as “lady’s finger”, or “bamia” is one of the […]

Chelow (Persian Rice)

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Rice is the most commonly eaten food in Iran. There are two main kinds of rice that have a vast number of varieties in Iranian cuisine: Polow and Chelow. Polow consists of vegetables or meat cooked and mixed with rice that makes delicious and popular dishes such as Loobia Polow (Rice with Green Beans) and Adas Polow (Lentil Rice), whereas Chelow is a plain rice that is steamed and served beside different kinds of kebabs and stews such as Joojeh Kebab, Gheimeh, Ghorme Sabzi and Fesenjan. Rice preparation is like an art in Iran and unlike the majority of countries it is not only boiled, but also steamed and […]

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Macaroni (Persian Spaghetti)

In Iran, we call all types of pasta, Macaroni! It can be spaghetti, fusilli, penne, farfalle, or any other type of pasta, for us they are all Macaroni in different shapes! For example, farfalle is called butterfly macaroni and fusilli is called spiral macaroni. Also, we treat pasta like rice! To prepare it we go through the same procedures as we do to prepare rice which means that pasta is not only simmered in boiling water, but also steamed after being cooked. Another thing is that the sauce prepared for different kinds of pasta is always the same. It is a mix of meat, onions, bell pepper, mushroom […]