Khoresh Ghormeh Sabzi -Beef and fresh herb stew

This is Ghormeh Sabzi, by many accounts Iran’s national dish! Yes, there are Fesenjoon, Khoresht-e Bademjan, and Zereshk Polo, and a myriad of other stews and rice dishes, not to mention a long list of Kebabs. But there is something so very special about Ghormeh Sabzi. To learn about this dish is to learn some…

Saffron and pear cake with Seville orange and pistachio frosting

There is so much to this cake, but not in the way you might think. It’s a simple cake, even if it does have some unique flavors. This cake tells the story of my life. Every ingredient, every choice, every combination, and every approach in the cooking method results from the experiences I have had…

Dast Peech-e Gusht – Persian meatloaf with fresh herbs and barberries

You thought only your grandmother made the best meatloaf? Well, who knew, Persians make meatloaf too and they are not shy about stuffing lots of flavors into them. The main component that remains consistent is the signature Persian flavor profile; a touch of sweet that is balanced with sour and the refreshing company of fresh…

Aash-e Sholeh Ghalamkar – Hearty beans and rice stew with beef and herbs

What looks like a soup or a stew, but is neither? It is Aash! Aash is a slow-cooked Persian dish that combines a variety of beans, grains, sometimes noodles, herbs, spices, and meat. Its texture most resembles a thick soup. Aash is quite versatile and has many variations. It can be a comfort food, but…

Nargesi РSpinach, parsley and mint saut̩ with poached eggs

A peasant food, at its core! And let’s face it, I’d eat like a peasant any day when the dish tastes this rich and yummy and is yet very simple, quick, and inexpensive! Nargesi’s origin is back in the Caspian Sea region of Iran, where produce and vegetables are abundant. Spinach is a cherished and…