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 […]
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 […]
Haleem or Halim is a thick, delicious and high calorie porridge popular in the middle east and central Asia for centuries. It is also known for some other names such as Harees/Hareesa, Keshkek, Kichara or Daleem. The origin of Haleem is not definite. But, it is a star of Arabian, Turkish, Persian, Pakistani, Bengali and Indian cuisine. Even though the recipe slightly changes from one region to another, it always includes wheat and meat. People use different forms of meat (lamb, beef, turkey or chicken breast) to cook it. This recipe that I am sharing here is the Persian Haleem, that is typically served […]
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 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 […]
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).
The origin of stuffed vegetables is unknown, although the Turks and Greeks claim possession. Originally, they were served in palace kitchens to the wealthy and ruling class. Nowadays, there are various recipes for stuffed zucchini, but this one is an Iranian version of it.
Kabab Tabei or Kabab deegi is a perfect dish for you, if you love kebabs and yet you don´t want to use a grill, or you don´t have one. This dish is quick to make but at the same time tastes just as delicious as the grilled versions of kebab.
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.
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.