Morgh Shekam Por – Saffron-glazed stuffed chicken with fruits and nuts

Morgh Shekam Por is a traditional stuffed chicken that is packed with a wide range of flavors, textures, and colors. Chickens – often the smaller varieties that have the best flavor – are marinated in citrus juice, spices and oil, and then filled to the brim with the stuffing. Shekam Por is an endearing Persian…

Khoresh Kadu Halvaee – Butternut squash and golden plum stew

For me, there is something so special about this dish as it marks the beginning of Autumn by celebrating the season’s bounty. Every year I find myself eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Fall and its seasonal produce: from an amazing variety of squashes including the sweet and tender butternut squash, to fruit like…

Khoresh Hulu – Saffron chicken and peach stew

While everything about this dish appears striking and eye-catching, it is a relatively easy and simple Persian stew. This Khoresh is consumed primarily in the summer season when fresh peaches are abundant in Iran. The chicken first simmers slowly in a saffron broth, along with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a touch of…

Khoresh Fesenjoon – Chicken in pomegranate and walnut sauce

This is fesenjoon, another national culinary treasure of Iran. There aren’t many dishes that give you as much pleasure and joy of eating as fesenjoon! It’s inherently a simple dish, showcasing a perfect blend of simple and yet flavorful ingredients that are abundant in Iran, making it a celebration of natural resources. The dish starts…

Salad Olivieh – Chicken and potato salad

Salad Olivieh is a chicken and potato salad that has won most if not every Iranian’s heart! To mention Salad Olivieh to an Iranian is to watch an excited smiling face staring back at you and to hear tales of where and how they used to eat this salad. Most of us would have it…

Zereshk Polo – Saffron barberry rice pilaf

This is Zereshk Polo, a distinguished Persian dish. The popular Zereshk Polo features many of the elements of Persian cooking. Barberries, which are quite tart and bright in color, are layered within the fluffy Basmati rice and served with succulent chicken, or if you prefer with lamb or beef .

Khoresh Porteghal – Saffron chicken stew with carrots and oranges

This stew is a great representation of a dish in a culture that loves its fruits with their tart and sweet flavors! The chicken is cooked slowly with Persian spices (advieh), layered with carrots and saffron, and finished off with fresh orange segments before serving.

Khoresh Maast – Chicken in yogurt sauce with barberries

This one is a maast-try! I have had several appetizing and delicious Indian chicken dishes that either marinate or cook the chicken in a yogurt sauce. But until recently I hadn’t tried this traditional chicken dish with Persian techniques, ingredients, and spices.

Khoresh Bademjan – Eggplant stew with chicken

Khoresh Bademjan is a well-known, popular and respected dish that finds itself served frequently and proudly on a Persian table. Eggplant, otherwise known as the potato of Iran, is used in a variety of stews, Kuku (egg-based dishes), and layered rice dishes. The very special and unique ingredient in this dish is “Ghooreh”, which showcases…

Havij Polo -Saffron rice and carrots

Havij polo is not just another Persian rice dish. It’s rather an experience and a destination, much like getting a stamp on your passport at the end of an exotic journey! This dish is truly a journey of colors and flavors! Though there’s quite a variety of rice pilaf dishes in Persian cuisine, there are…