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.
In Persian cuisine, Kookoo refers to any dish with fried vegetables and egg. Usually these dishes are quite simple and quick to make. Potato patties are a kind of kookoo that can be served as dinner, a light lunch or a picnic food. It´s mostly popular among kids thanks to its crispy and crunchy texture.
Eshkeneh is a traditional Iranian soup originally from Khorasan province, But it’s popular all around Iran. There are various types of Eshkene, such as fenugreek, tomato Eshkene, and quince Eshkene. It’s a pleasant and quick soup, normally served with bread as an appetizer, dinner or a light lunch. It is also a vegetarian soup.
Salad Olivier is known all over the world, it is also called Russian salad in some countries. It was originally created by the French Chef, M. Olivier, but claimed by the Russians as one of their dishes. In Iran they call it Salad Olivieh and the ingredients are rather different from the original recipe. This salad is delicious when served fresh but even better when it has been refrigerated for a few hours or even overnight.
Kaleh joosh is a quick and simple vegetarian soup enriched with calcium and protein. It is originally from Yazd and Khorasan provinces of Iran, But it’s known all around the country and in every region the recipe has slight changes. The main ingredients for this soup are walnut and Kashk (whey), which is a thick whitish liquid similar to sour cream. It is available as a liquid or in a dried form, which needs to be soaked and softened before it can be used in cooking. Kashk is traditionally produced from the leftovers of cheese-making process (more specifically, the milk used to make it) and […]
Falafel is a vegetarian dish consisting of deep-fried balls or patties made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. It is originally an Arabic (Egyptian) food and since 2% of Iranian population are Arabs, this food has found its way to Iran. Obviously the best Falafel in Iran is made in southern provinces which have significant population of Iranian-Arabs such as Bushehr and Khuzestan. The word Falafel is derived from the Arabic word falāfil, a plural of the word filfil, meaning “pepper.” Falafel was traditionally made with fava beans and continues to be made that way in Egypt and other Arab countries, but Iranian Falafel is made from chickpeas and is wildly popular […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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!