Khoresh Seeb – Beef and yellow split pea stew with apples

Khoresh Seeb is a highly adaptable stew whose stars are the firm and tart apples (Seeb in Farsi) that are gently sauteed in butter or ghee and then placed on top of the stew as it finishes cooking. The base of this dish is made with beef and yellow split peas, patiently cooked in a…

Albaloo Polo – Sour cherry rice with meatballs

آلبالو پلو Albaloo Polo has it all: sweet, sour, salt, carbohydrates, protein, soft, crispy, and bright uplifting colors – all packed into one surprisingly humble dish. It is a delicious and flavorful meal and a true gastronomic experience that satisfies all the different taste buds in your palate. Albaloo is the Farsi word for Morello…

Aash Reshteh – Persian noodle soup

This is Aash Reshteh, one of the most popular and well-loved members of the Aash family, which has nearly 50 varieties. Aash is a Persian term used to describe a very thick style of soup. Important ingredients for this dish are heaping amounts of herbs and various beans, but the signature ingredients are Kashk and…

Abgoosht – Meat and potato stew with beans

Abgoosht is the original Persian rustic “one pot meal” that dates back to centuries ago when simple ingredients were gathered and thrown in a pot to accompany tougher cuts of meat that needed to cook for a long time. Nowadays, with easy access to a wide range of ingredients, this once modest dish has become…

Khoresh Aloo Esfenaj – Spinach and golden plum stew with lamb

What I love most about this stew is that it showcases the easier side of Persian cuisine. Many of our Khoresh (stews) use multiple ingredients and take a long while to cook, but Khoresh Aloo Esfenaj has a simpler ingredient list and is easy to prepare for a weeknight meal. The most unique item in…

Kalam Polo Shirazi – Cabbage and rice pilaf with meatballs

A traditional and popular dish from the city of Shiraz, Kalam Polo consists of cabbage and small meatballs layered into rice, with – of course – an exotic combination of spices, herbs, and flavors. Shiraz, known for its beautiful gardens and its deep poetic tradition (it was the home of both Hafez and Sa’adi), is…

Khoresh Bij Bij – Caspian Sea stew with poached eggs

Bij Bij is not only a fun name for a dish, it is also a staple for Caspian Sea folks. People from Iran’s Mazandaran Province call this dish “Vavishka” (clearly a name that originated in Russia), but in Tehran, those who know of it call it Bij Bij. It is a comfort dish, made with…