Main dishes

Sabzi Polow Mahi (Herb Rice with Fish)

Sabzi Polow (herb rice) and Mahi (fish) is traditionally served for the Persian new year Norooz. Persian New Year is celebrated every year to signify the beginning of spring and most of the dishes served during Norooz holidays have herbs as a symbol of rebirth, and fish that represents life. There are other Norooz Specialty dishes such as Noodle Rice , Herb Omelette or Stuffed Fish that I have posted their recipes before. But yesterday one of my dear Instagram followers Hasti asked me for a recipe for Sabzi Polow Mahi, and since there is only one week until Norooz I thought it is the best time to do it. […]

Loobia Polo (Rice with Green Beans)

Rice is the most commonly eaten food in Iran. There are two methods of cooking rice in Iranian cuisine: Polow and Chelow. Polow consists of different kinds of vegetables or meat cooked and mixed with rice, such as Loobia Polow (Rice with Green Beans) and Adas Polow (Lentil Rice), whereas Chelow is plain rice that is steamed and served beside different kinds of kebabs and stews such as Joojeh Kebab, Gheimeh, Ghorme Sabzi and Fesenjan. Loobia Polow is a dish made up of a mixture of beef, green beans, onion and tomato paste layered with cooked white rice.

Fesenjan (Walnut Pomegranate Stew)

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Fesenjan or Fesenjoon is one of those dishes that the first time you see it, you may not really like how it looks, but believe me it´s so delicious that once you try it, you will fall in love with the taste and fragrance. It´s not easy to describe its sublime taste but the best I can say is that it has a sweet-sour taste and you can adjust it based on what you prefer. If you mostly like sweet foods then you simply add more sugar, and if you like it sour then more pomegranate paste. If you follow this […]

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Gheymeh (Yellow Split Peas Stew)

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The word Gheymeh, literally refers to any meat that is cut into cubes, that is why some people call any stew with cubed meat inside it as Gheymeh. There are various types of this stew in Iran, but this recipe is for the classic Gheymeh, that is garnished with french fries and served with white rice. Also, in some religious occasions such as Ashoora, some people prepare it in big amounts and distribute it for free among people as a vow (Nazri).

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Jaghoor Baghoor (Lamb’s Liver)

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Jaghoor Baghoor is Iranian-style sautéed liver dish usually made with sheep liver, but beef liver should work too. The secret to making the liver actually taste good is to use turmeric spices to mask the liver’s strong smell and taste. This delicious dish is quick to make but at the same time good enough to serve to guests. Lamb’s liver needs a very brief cooking to be tender.

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Reshteh Polow (Rice with Noodles)

Reshteh Polow is one of the two main dishes that are traditionally served in the evening of the Persian new year (Norooz). It is believed that by eating Reshte Polow on new year, you can grab hold of your destiny for the coming year. This dish is originally from Azerbaijan province of Iran and is quite easy to cook. You can find reshteh noodles or toasted noodles at most Middle Eastern markets. It is a thin, flat pasta that kind of resembles cappellini or fettuccine.  

Adas Polow (Lentil 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 andFesenjan. Adas Plow is a delicious combination of rice layered with lentils and a topping with raisins, ground beef and onions. However, […]

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Ghorme Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew)

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Ghorme sabzi is considered the Iranian national dish. The history of this stew goes back to at least 500 to 1,000 years and the recipe hasn’t changed since then. Many Persian dishes like Kebab or Dizi were cooked in a different way 100 years ago, because back then new foods such as potatoes and tomatoes were not yet introduced to Iranian Cuisine. Considering that, Ghorme sabzi is the most original Persian dish, and at the same time it has been modernized so well that nowadays you can even find Ghorme sabzi Pizza in Iran.

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Zereshk Polow (Barberry Rice)

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Zereshk Polow is also know as “jeweled rice” because of the red barberries in it. Barberry is a common ingredient in Persian cuisine and it can be found at Middle Eastern markets. Since barberry has a sour taste some people add sugar to it to balance the taste, but if you are a fan of sour foods then you might want to skip that step. This food is almost always served with Persian Chicken. 

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