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Persian Celery Sauce (Khoreshe Karafs)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars
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"An incredible combination of flavors. Inexpensive and simple, but surprisingly yummy. Can be made with meat or vegetarian. Excellent served over rice or with quinoa."
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1 h 27 m servings 572
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Add beef, onion, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until meat is evenly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Add water, cover, and cook until meat is tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil and remaining butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add lima beans, celery, fennel, parsley, and lemon juice; cook and stir until lima beans have softened, about 15 minutes. Stir lima bean mixture into beef mixture; reduce heat to low and cook until thickened, adding water as needed, about 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For a vegetarian version of this dish: melt 1/4 cup butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Add fennel, onion, celery, and lima beans; cook and stir until soft, about 20 minutes. Add parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice; cook over low heat until sauce consistency forms, adding water as needed, about 20 minutes more.
  • An excellent alternative to serving this dish over rice is to add red quinoa to the dish (along with the appropriate amount of water).

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 572 calories; 40.4 32.6 21.7 91 294 Full nutrition

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