Sweet and Tangy Fish with Saffron Rice

Sweet and Tangy Fish with Saffron Rice

We were given some fish (Crappie) and wanted to try something different with it. I decided to create a citrus sauce for the fish and make some rice topped with saffron to serve it with. Directions: Prepare your fish fillets and marinade. You will need to marinade the fish for at least 4 hours in ... Read More »

Dolmeh (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Dolmeh (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Dolmeh Barge Mo (Stuffed Grape Leaves) is the most common of Persian Dolmeh. There are a variety of ways to make the mixture that is wrapped with the grape leaves. The way I have wrapped the grape leaves is actually the Turkish style of wrapping. The one that ends up in a square form is ... Read More »

Shirin Polo (Sweet Rice)

Shirin Polo (Sweet Rice)

I finally got around to making this dish! I guess I always felt it was a difficult Persian recipe, but I must say it turned out to be easier than some of the other things I have made. I will warn you though it is extremely sweet (as the name should tell you). I used ... Read More »

Fereni

Fereni

Fereni is a Persian pudding dessert that people make for various occasions. For some events Fereni is served cold as a dessert, while at other times it is served warm for someone who is feeling under the weather or sick. I personally prefer having it warm. FYI trying to decorate with grounded up pistachio powder ... Read More »

Maash Polo

Maash Polo

This dish is a lot like Adas Polo (in my opinion); however, a few steps in making it vary. Mung Beans (maash) take a little longer to cook and become soft, so keep that in mind when you decide to make this dish. Another thing I usually use is a brown sugar coloring (the specific ... Read More »

Joojeh Kabab (Chicken Kabob)

Joojeh Kabab (Chicken Kabob)

Its summer and time to get out doors and begin grilling some good stuff! How about some Joojeh Kabab to satisfy your appetite?! Note:you will need skewers that are thinner than those used for Kabab Koobideh. Below you will see two different types of marinated Joojeh Kabab. One is the normal Joojeh Kabab (left) and ... Read More »

Torshi Bademjan (Pickled Eggplant)

Torshi Bademjan (Pickled Eggplant)

This is a very easy and quick torshi that one of my friends makes all the time. I have had it a few times at their place and I really like it! Ingredients: Eggplants (thin ones usually called Mexican Eggplants) –however many you want to make Apple vinegar garlic cloves or chopped garlic herbs — ... Read More »

Persian Roulette (Rollet)

Persian Roulette (Rollet)

Roulette is one of my favorite desserts. There are a variety of ways to change up the recipe and add variations that satisfy your taste buds!! For now I am sharing a simple recipe for this tasty sweet. Ingredients (serves at least 6 people): 5 eggs 5 tablespoons sugar Powdered Sugar–desired amount 1 to 1.5 tablespoons ... Read More »

Bastani Akbar Mashti

Bastani Akbar Mashti

Its almost summer and what better way to celebrate than have my all time favorite Persian Bastani (ice cream) Akbar Mashti!!! Below is a simple way to make this treat. Ingredients (for at least 8 servings): 3 quarts creamy/rich vanilla ice cream 1/2 pint heavy whip cream — you can adjust the amount of whip ... Read More »

Tahchin-e Esfenaj

Tahchin-e Esfenaj

In general I am a huge fan of Tahchin. I decided to try Tahchin-e Esfenaj and see if the spinach version is just as tasty as the regular Tahchin that I typically make. Its definitely tasty! One thing I did differently is that instead of adding aloo (prunes) to the spinach, I only added lemon ... Read More »

Torsh Shami

Torsh Shami

This type of Shami is a bit different than the other types I have made. Even though it is fried and all like kotlet and shami, at the end Torsh Shami is cooked with tomato sauce which then it becomes soft. Its really good and goes well with bread and sabzi, or rice. You can ... Read More »

Soup-e Laboo (Beet Soup)

Soup-e Laboo (Beet Soup)

This is a tasty Beet (Choghondar e Laboo) soup that also has pomegranate. The roots of the beet are also used in making this soup hence why some people refer to this soup as Beetroot soup. Ingredients (4-6 people): 1 bunch of beets (must have the leaves and roots too) 1 cup pomegranate juice (or ... Read More »

Aash-e Mast

Aash-e Mast

Need a Aash that warms you up and tastes good? Well how about Aash-e Mast! Obviously it will take some time to make, but its so worth it! If you have company coming over this may be something to serve (along with other things). Ingredients (8-10 people): 1 cup rice (200 grams) 1000 grams Sabzi ... Read More »

Dami-e Baghala

Dami-e Baghala

I think as far as dami dishes go Dami-e Baghala is one of my favorites. I don’t know if its because of the turmeric flavor the rice gets, or the fact that the rice gets so soft. I typically buy frozen or dry lima beans to make dishes that need baghali in them, but you ... Read More »

Oven Baked Salmon with Cream Sauce

Oven Baked Salmon with Cream Sauce

I had been wanting to make Oven Baked Salmon with a cream sauce for a long time. I finally got around to it and thought this would be something nice to make for two…or you could bake an entire Salmon to feed at least 4 people. Ingredients (2 people): approximately 1 lb salmon 1/2 cup ... Read More »

Khoresht-e Bademjan (Eggplant Stew)

Khoresht-e Bademjan (Eggplant Stew)

Its been a long time since I have had this Khoresht, and I felt it was time to make it and share the recipe! If you love eggplants and you love khoresht…then you should definitely try Khoresht-e Bademjan! Khoresht-e Bademjan on top of plain rice and voila you will have a perfect meal Ingredients (approximately ... Read More »

Gheymeh Polo

Gheymeh Polo

I typically make Khoresht-e Gheymeh with stew meat, but when I decided to make Gheymeh Polo I actually used ground beef instead of stew meat. You can use stew meat or ground beef for the khoresht; its tasty either way! Ingredients (4 -6 people): 1 lb ground beef 1 small or medium onion – finely ... Read More »

Aash-e Jo (Barley Aash)

Aash-e Jo (Barley Aash)

This Aash is very similar to Aash-e Reshteh, except in place of reshteh you use jo (barley). You should definitely make this Aash its really filling and tasty! Ingredients (10-12 servings): 250 grams pearled barley 200 grams sabzi which is made up of: parsley, tareh (can use chives or ends of green onions instead), spinach, ... Read More »

Bean Salad with Pasta

Bean Salad with Pasta

I felt like making a simple and tasty salad and decide to buy a variety of different beans…with some small pasta.You can make the dish however you like (different beans…different pasta). You can choose to use dried beans or canned…obviously using canned beans is much easier and less time consuming :D. Ingredients: 1 can green ... Read More »

Khoresht-e Nokhod Sabz (Green Pea Stew)

Khoresht-e Nokhod Sabz (Green Pea Stew)

This Khoresht is very similar to Khoresht-e Loobia Sabz (Green Bean Stew), except its made with Green Peas instead. Its simple to make and is served with rice. Ingredients (4-6 people): 1 cup Green Peas (fresh or frozen) 2 chicken breasts — cut into pieces 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste oil turmeric salt/pepper 1 medium onion ... Read More »

Kotlet-e Morgh (Chicken patties)

Kotlet-e Morgh (Chicken patties)

If you want to eat something light and tasty that is void of rice I would definitely recommend Kotlet-e Morgh. You can eat it plain or with bread and its very filling! It tastes good hot or cold! Ingredients (4-6 people): 4 skinless/boneless chicken breasts 2 large onions 2 large potatoes 3-4 eggs turmeric oil ... Read More »

Chicken Celery Salad

Chicken Celery Salad

This is a simple and tasty salad. Its great as a side dish or even a meal.  It goes perfect with bread and makes a filling sandwich. Ingredients (2-4 people (maybe more)): 2 chicken breasts 4 celery sticks — chopped up 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts 1/3 cup olive oil (adjust amount to your liking) ... Read More »

Koofteh Berenji (Rice Meatball)

Koofteh Berenji (Rice Meatball)

I finally got around to making Koofteh Berenji, which is a very tasty Persian recipe that mixes ground beef, aromatic green vegetables, and rice! One thing to note is that some of the aromatic green vegetables (Sabzi moatar) are not easily found (i.e., Reyhan and Tareh). I used a bit of Cilantro in place of ... Read More »

Shevid Loobia (Loobia Polo Shirazi)

Shevid Loobia (Loobia Polo Shirazi)

I didn’t know of this dish until I became friends with plenty of people from Shiraz. Its a vary tasty Persian recipe that can be eaten with Koofteh (meatballs) or chicken. The Shevid Loobia (Loobia Polo Shirazi) I have explained below is made with Koofteh (meatballs). Also, a key item that adds a sweet and ... Read More »

Chutney (Chatni)

Chutney (Chatni)

Chatni (Chutney) is a condiment that can be consumed with practically any meal. This specific recipe is for a spicy Chutney that mainly has Cilantro and green Chili Peppers. Though Chutney has an Indian origin I have eaten this specific Chutney (Chatni) with many Afghan dishes, and find that it goes well with Persian dishes ... Read More »

Koofteh Rizeh

This Persian recipe for Koofteh Rizeh (small meatballs) is a simple and fairly quick dish to make.  It is typically served with bread, but if you are trying to cut back on your bread intake it tastes just as good on its own! Ingredients for serving 2-4 people: .75 to 1 lb ground beef 2 ... Read More »

Kookoo Sabzi (herb frittata)

Kookoo Sabzi (herb frittata)

This is a simple Kookoo Sabzi recipe…there are a few different ingredients that can be added to vary the Kookoo Sabzi. Kookoo is considered a souffle and Kookoo Sabzi is a vegetable souffle with various herbs mixed in with eggs (and a few other things) and then cooked. Ingredients: 2 packages (baste) Parsley 2 packages ... Read More »

Aash Sabzi

Aash Sabzi

This is a favorite Aash in Shiraz…and even though it is called Aash e Sabzi it actually has only two types of greens in it with a bunch of other things! The name Aash-e Sabzi refers to a  soup of greens, but like I said it only has two things that are considered green vegetables ... Read More »

Masghati

Masghati

There are a few different variations of Masghati, which is a Persian sweet made basically from starch. This specific recipe is for Masghati borideh shodeh (cut up pieces). Ingredients: 200 grams starch –its preferred that you use a flower starch, but I used corn starch 400 grams sugar 5-6 cups water 1/2 cup rose water ... Read More »

Baghali Polo ba Morgh

Baghali Polo ba Morgh

This Persian Recipe Baghali Polo (Lima Bean Rice) is also referred to as Shevid (Dill) Baghali. You can either eat it with morgh (chicken), or goosht (stew meat). Ingredients: 1 medium onion- chopped up chicken breast cut up into pieces 1 tablespoon tomato paste 3 cups rice –rinsed and soaked –add some salt to the ... Read More »

Kookoo Sibzamini

Kookoo Sibzamini

Kookoo is basically a type of Persian Frittata and I finally decided to make Kookoo Sibzamini (potato); however it came out really thin cause I used a large frying pan and only 2 large potatoes :P. Below I have provided the exact ingredients needed for a large frying pan. Ingredients: 4 potatoes –boiled in water ... Read More »

Tah-chin (Tahcheen) ba Morgh

Tah-chin (Tahcheen) ba Morgh

Another one of my favorite Persian recipes! Tah-chin-e Morgh (Tah-chin with chicken). You can make this Tah-chin by cooking it on stove top or in the oven, but here I share the oven version. Also, at times I like to add some zereshk (barberries) to the Tah-chin, but this time I made it simple Ingredients: ... Read More »

Khorak ba Morgh (Chicken dish)

Khorak ba Morgh (Chicken dish)

A simple Persian recipe for khorak that includes chicken and a few vegetables. This is the most common form of Khorak that I enjoy eating. Different varieties can also be made, and you can even add different vegetables. Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts- cut up into pieces 3 – 4 large carrots – peeled and cut ... Read More »

Tar Halva

Tar Halva

This is a lot like the Persian recipe for Halva, except the one main difference is this is made with rice flour while Halva is made with wheat flour (typically white flour). I used a smaller amount for my ingredients because I wanted to make less. Ingredients: 1 cup rice flour 3/4 cup oil 1/4 ... Read More »

Khorake Tone Mahi (Tuna Fish Dish)

Khorake Tone Mahi (Tuna Fish Dish)

Khorak is a Persian Recipe / dish that is basically a combination of various vegetables with a meat (or just all vegetables). There are various forms of Khorak. This specific recipe deals with tuna fish. Ingredients: 2 small cans tuna fish 2-3 small onions — chopped up and sauteed in oil until tender 2 medium ... Read More »

Salad Dressing

Salad Dressing

I know in America most people are used to going to the store and buying dressings, such as our favorite dressing Ranch. Here is a simple Persian Recipe for a homemade salad dressing. I simply love this dressing Ingredients: Mayo Yogurt (optional) salt/ pepper lemon juice or vinegar olive oil (optional) ketchup –just a tad ... Read More »

Aashe Dokhawa (Dokhwa)

Aashe Dokhawa (Dokhwa)

This is a aash (soup) one of my friends recently made for a gathering. It is from the Kurdish regions of Iran, and is basically a local Kurdish soup called Dokhawa. The ingredients below are enough for a large pot. Ingredients: 1 package parsley 2 packages cilantro 1 package dill (shevid), or half a cup ... Read More »

Estamboli Polo

Estamboli Polo

Just to be clear this Persian Recipe is what is referred to as Estamboli Polo in Tehran (and any other region in Iran that follows the same naming). Reason I mention this is that my Shirazi friends/family refer to this by another name …I forget the name…but either way they call Loobiya Polo by this ... Read More »

Shir Berenj (Milk Rice)

Shir Berenj (Milk Rice)

I have been wanting to make this for a long time! Thought why not today when I am slightly bored and have already taken care of all my errands for the day Ingredients: 1 cup rice 6-7 cups milk half a cup or less Rose water khameh (whip cream) – (optional) sugar (optional) hail (cardamom) ... Read More »

Zereshk Polo ba Morgh (Barberry Rice with Chicken)

Zereshk Polo ba Morgh (Barberry Rice with Chicken)

Zereshk Polo is one of my FAVORITES!!! And I really mean that! I just love this Zereshk Polo dish.  Good thing its also one of my husbands favorites…except he likes to add loads of sugar to his Zereshk Polo. Ingredients (for 4-5 people): 1 medium onion 2-3 chicken breasts (or other chicken parts) – cut ... Read More »

Tahdig (Crispy Rice)

Tahdig (Crispy Rice)

I haven’t been cooking much the past two days, thats what happens when you cook a lot of stuff and then there are only two of you to eat it! You end up having left overs for a few days I have been meaning to put up a post on Tahdig because its one of ... Read More »

Salade Olovieh

Salade Olovieh

A very yummy Persian potato salad! This dish is a good appetizer for a party, can be eaten as a snack with crackers, or can even be put into bread for a sandwich. The ingredients listed below make enough to last one person a couple of days, or even feed a group at a gathering. ... Read More »

Kabab (Kabob) Koobideh (Ground Beef Persian Kabab)

Kabab (Kabob) Koobideh (Ground Beef Persian Kabab)

Many people (typically not Persian’s) think of kabab (kabob) as something on a tiny stick with bell peppers, and onions in between small beef pieces.  Here I will explain my recipe (or rather one passed down by my dad) for Kabab (Kabob) Koobideh.  Ingredients: 1 lb meat – the best meat will be 80/20 …lean ... Read More »

Shirazi Polo

Shirazi Polo

This is a dish that is somewhat similar to Tahchine Morgh, but yet it is different! I actually call it Shirazi Polo ghalebi because I make it in a round oven safe dish (Pyrex). Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts (you can also use thighs, or a combination)- cut the chicken up in pieces 1 medium onion- ... Read More »

Halva Masghati Shirazi

Halva Masghati Shirazi

The recipe I have for this halva has been passed down to me by my mother-in law. I guess its one of my husbands favorites too because it doesn’t last long when I make it! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Rice Flour 1 tablespoon Starch 2 cups water & Rose water (mostly rose water) 1 cup sugar ... Read More »

Bolani

Bolani

This is a Afghan Dish that can be made in a few different ways. It is somewhat similar to a Persian recipe called Sambooseh (Sampooseh). Ingredients: 1 package small or large egg roll sheets 4 potatoes 1 package green onions Yogurt salt/pepper (and other spices) Directions: Boil the potatoes in water until they are soft ... Read More »

Mast o Khiar

Mast o Khiar

This is a yogurt dish with cucumber that I love to have as a side dish to many of my favorite Persian Recipes. Ingredients: Plain yogurt chopped cucumber salt/pepper Dry mint flakes Directions: Mix all the ingredients together!! Make sure you chop the cucumber up really small. Read More »

Persian Halva (with Video)

Persian Halva (with Video)

This specific halva is made with white flour. There are many different halvas and I hope to learn how to make the majority of them! Ingredients: 1 cup water 1 cup oil 1/2 teaspoon saffron 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup rose water Directions: In a small pot, boil the water and add ... Read More »

Adas Polo (Lentil Rice) ba Keshmesh o Morgh

Adas Polo (Lentil Rice) ba Keshmesh o Morgh

I usually make a simple Adas Polo (without the meat and raisins). But I guess when you have guests you want to make the dish more fulfilling! Ingredients: 1 cup lentils 4 cups rice 1 cup (or less) raisins 3 chicken breasts (or meat if you prefer) saffron 1 onion salt/pepper turmeric oil Directions: To ... Read More »

Faloodeh, very close to Faloodeh Shirazi.

Faloodeh, very close to Faloodeh Shirazi.

Another favorite Persian frozen dessert.  There are a few different ways to make this, but I will share my latest technique. Ingredients: 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup rose water saffron (optional) rice noodles (thin ones, usually sold in the Chinese food section) Directions: Mix the sugar with the boiling water, until ... Read More »

Shole Zard

Shole Zard

A very sweet and delicious Persian recipe for shole zard! Ingredients: 2 cups rice (preferably small grain or medium grain rice) approximately 8 cups water 4 cups sugar 1 teaspoon saffron Yellow food coloring 1/4 cup oil (or melted butter) 1/4 cup rose water cinnamon 1/4 cup slivered almonds slivered/chopped pistachios Directions to make shole ... Read More »

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