Paloudeh – Cantaloupe smoothie

There is simply no shortage of creative and pleasing beverage choices in Persian cuisine! In this refreshing drink, cantaloupe is instantaneously elevated with a splash of rosewater syrup and crushed ice, making an irresistible treat for hot summer days. Persian culture has a deeply-rooted and rich tradition (mehmoon navazi in Farsi) of offering various treats…

Reshteh Polo – Rice layered with noodles, raisins and dates

Reshteh Polo: another signature Persian dish that blends familiar ingredients and brings them together in an unpredictable and distinctive way! This rice dish has it all! Dates and raisins; onions and toasted noodles; saffron and rose water; cinnamon and turmeric. Finished off with a crispy bread Tahdig, and served with slow-cooked lamb shanks in a…

Kufteh Berenji – Rice and fava bean meatballs

Kufteh is the term Iranians use to describe meatballs. However, unlike meatballs from most other cultures, Persian meatballs are not primarily about the meat! As a matter of fact, most Persian meatballs incorporate many other elements. A variety of grains including rice, as well as a wide range of beans and lentils, fresh herbs, nuts…

Borani Laboo – Yogurt with beets

This is another gem in the Persian yogurt series. Yogurt plays such a significant role in the cuisine, either with flatbreads or to accompany a flavorful layered rice or well-seasoned stew. Mention the word Laboo – beets in Farsi – to Iranians, and you will observe smiles widen and twinkles appear in eyes!