Persian Cucumber Yogurt (Maast-o Khiar)
This cool and healthy dip can be served along side rice and meat, or simply with bread. No Persian meal is complete without Maast-o khiar! This dish is best if refrigerated for a few hours, but if you are strapped for time feel free to serve after mixing. Don't be afraid to get creative! Try adding spinach, raisins, or walnuts. Other herbs could be used as well (i.e. mint, tarragon, oregano). More cucumbers, less shallots...it's your call! Enjoy!Sponsored By [object Object]
Strawberry, Ginger and Mint Sekanjabin
This syrup is based on an ancient Persian recipe, and it keeps virtually indefinitely without any special care. Excellent for camping, and truly refreshing on a hot, hot day! And there's no waste, you use every part of every ingredient in this stuff. After straining, remove the lemon peels and ginger and toss in a bag of sugar for a candied treat!
A savory stew featuring duck, pomegranate, and walnuts, which is every bit as exotic as it sounds. This is my interpretation of the ancient classic. I'm assuming like most similar recipes, every household has their own version, and this kind of thing can easily be tailored to your tastes.Sponsored By [object Object]
I believe I've posted a few fool-proof methods for cooking perfect rice, but this Persian version takes the grand prize, and it's not even close for second. The beauty of this method is that it doesn't rely on any specific measurements, or even exact times. This will make some of you very nervous, but just go with it.Sponsored By [object Object]
Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew)
Ghormeh sabzi is deliciously savory and loaded with the flavors of several different green herbs. It's traditionally served atop white rice (polow). You can also serve it with lavash bread.
Fereni Starch Pudding
A delightful pudding that can be eaten hot or cold, during Ramadan, particularly on sohur or iftar. Adjust both the sugar and the rosewater to taste.
Turkey Kofta Kabobs
My Persian neighbor introduced me to kofta about 20 years ago. His were made of beef and I never actually got his recipe but I'm pretty good at replicating flavors and these came pretty close...and of course using turkey instead of beef makes these a lot lighter.
Ash-e Reshteh (Persian Legume Soup)
Wonderful Persian soup.
Kabob Koobideh (Persian Ground Meat Kabobs)
Kabob koobideh is made with ground lamb or beef or a combination of the two. This is one of the most delicious kabob recipes I have ever found. The kabobs are usually grilled over hot coals or any BBQ.
Ash-e-jow (Iranian/Persian Barley Soup)
I've seen a lot of recipes for this soup; however, my mother-in-law adds tomato paste for a bit of a different flavour and she doesn't add any lentils or beans. It's thick, filling, and delicious, and you could make it vegetarian by using vegetable stock.
A recipe passed to me from my great-grandmother, these cakes are light and not too sweet. The cardamom and rosewater give it a distinctive Persian flavor. These are best served with hot tea or coffee.
I tried this dish at a Turkish restaurant in London and was amazed by its delicious taste! I later found out that this dish was named after Alexander the Great, whom the Persians called 'Iskender.' Apparently it was his favourite food.