Yummy Iranian stew. Can be hot, depending on how much of the spices you wish to put in. Very little prep, especially if you skip the potatoes, but this Persian beef stew takes several hours to cook, like any stew should.


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 10 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
20 mins
3 servings


Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add stew meat, split peas, limes, tomato paste, salt, curry powder, turmeric, and pepper. Add just enough water to fully cover the surface of the mixture. Cover and simmer until split peas are tender and meat is cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 2 to 3 hours.

  • Just before the stew is ready, heat 2 inches oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Slice potatoes into 2-inch long, thin pieces and lower carefully into the hot oil in batches. Fry until soft, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

  • Increase the heat so the oil is 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Fry potatoes again, until golden and crisp, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Remove from the oil and drain on fresh paper towels.

  • Pour stew into bowls and place potatoes on the surface.

Cook's Notes:

The dried lime isn't a regular lime, but a special Iranian lime that, so far as I know, has no English name. Ask for it in the nearest Persian mart or just add lemon juice instead.

Use ground red pepper for black pepper, if desired. You can use the packed French fry-like potatoes found in some stores to save time.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

722 calories; protein 37.2g; carbohydrates 61.2g; fat 37.9g; cholesterol 62.5mg; sodium 905.4mg. Full Nutrition