Kuku Sabzi – Fresh herb and leek frittata

Welcome to the world of herbs! Herbs play a significant role in Persian cuisine, whether they are served fresh as an appetizer with bread and cheese or cooked into Kuku or Khoresh (Persian stews).

Herbs are integrated into Persian dishes not only to brighten up the colors and bring a brilliant herbal taste, but also to create luscious and earthy sauces. Ghormeh sabzi, Saak, and Khoresht-e Karafs are good examples.

It’s not just a sprig of herbs, but rather bunches and bunches of them. Recently I visited a dear friend in London who asked me to explain what exactly is a bunch of herbs. In the US, herbs are sold both in small packages and as large bunches tied together. Here’s an example of what a “bunch of herbs” looks like. I actually counted them, and there are roughly 100 stems of parsley in this bunch!

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Kuku Sabzi

Omid Roustaei, The Caspian Chef
Fresh herbs Kuku
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Persian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 eggs, see note
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, leaves and softer section of the stem
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley, leaves and softer section of the stem
  • 1 cup coarsley chopped fresh dill, leaves and softer section of the stem
  • 1 cup finely chopped chives, or scallions or leeks, mixture of green and white part for the scallion or leeks
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek leaves, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, ground
  • 4 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons barberries
  • 1 teaspoon butter for greasing the pan

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  • In a medium sized bowl, break the eggs and mix well with a whisk. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, place small amounts of herbs and process until they are finely chopped.
  • Repeat this process until all the herbs have been processed. Place in a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (with the exception of the butter) and whisked eggs to the herbs mixture and mix well.
  • Rub a 9-inch pie dish or similar oven proof baking dish with butter and pour in the egg and herbs mixture.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked. Baking times will vary depending on your baking dish’s size and whether the mixture is spread out or more stacked.
  • Allow the Kuku to rest for 5 minutes before removing it from the pan. Place on a serving platter and serve.
  • Kuku Sabzi is often served with flat breads or steamed basmati rice and a side of yogurt.

Notes

Adjust the number of eggs to make sure the Kuku batter is dense with chopped herbs.  You should not be able to see any eggs separating from the Kuku batter.  
Though I typically cook my Kuku in the oven, it is more traditional to cook them with oil in a frying pan with a lid. 
Add about 4-6 tablespoons of oil to the pan and cook for 15 minutes, covered.  Flip, add another couple of tablespoons of oil, and cook on the other side uncovered for about 10 minutes.  You may want to cut the kuku pieces into quarters to make it easier to flip. 
 
Keyword eggs, herbs, kuku, sabzi
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