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 […]
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 […]
The history of this beautiful traditional dessert goes back to several hundred years ago, when it was served only on special occasions like the Persian new year. Nowadays it´s a more common food in Iran, but still people tend to make it on special events and share it with friends or family. It might sound strange but in Iran it’s very common that some neighbor, that you may hardly know knocks on your door and gives you a big bowl of this delicious dessert. for free! This kind of free foods are called “Nazri“.
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 […]
Rice puddings are known in nearly every part of the world, but the recipes vary in different countries. In Iran it is served as a dessert, but some people may serve it as a light dinner too. Here is the recipe for the rice pudding which is most common in Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.
Leek soup is very healthy and easy to cook. It’s not originally a Persian dish but it’s a soup that is very popular in Iran and fits the Persian taste buds very well. I changed the original recipe a bit to make it taste more like Persian soups. I call these changes Persianizing. There is also a category in this blog called Persianized where I’ll be posting more international recipes changed according to Persian tastes.
Ash Reshteh is a thick vegetable and noodle soup which is traditionally prepared to welcome the Persian New Year and noodles are believed to bring good fortune for the following year. There are many different kinds of Ash in Iran but Ash Reshteh is the most famous and popular one among all. It is mostly served with whey and sometimes with vinegar.
This moist and tender cake is a real tea-time treat. It makes a perfect dessert for a cup of steaming tea. The syrup is made with saffron and cardamom that give it a Persian taste and aroma. It´s a bit tricky to make this cake because it has a soft texture, and after pouring the syrup, it´s difficult to cut it into pieces. But don´t worry, because in this recipe I tried to cover all the tips and tricks that I know to make it ideally.
Börek is originally a Turkish invention dating back to Ottoman empire. However, like many other Turkish dishes such as Doner kebab, Pide and Iskender kebab, Börek is popular among Iranians too. The reason might be that flavors in Turkish cuisine bear a resemblance to Persian cuisine. Börek refers to any dish made with Yufka (filo) dough. Filo is a kind of very thin unleavened dough used for making pastries such as Baklava and Börek. The secret to making these stuffed pastries is to brush a mixture of beaten egg and oil over the top before baking. The top of the rolls are often sprinkled with sesame seeds.
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 […]