Khoresh Bademjan – Eggplant stew with chicken

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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 Iranians’ love of all things sour. Ghooreh is the Farsi name for unripe sour grapes. Once harvested, they are then juiced, frozen or dried into a powder. These elements are used anywhere acidity is called for.

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Khoresh Kal-leh Gonjishkie – Petite meatballs in tangy tomato sauce with roasted potatoes

کله گنجشکی

This dish takes me way back to my childhood growing up in Tehran. I remember loving this dish for its flavor and simplicity, which clearly appealed to my teenage palate. A simple meatball dish with fried potatoes over steamed rice – how can you go wrong with that?

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Khoresh Gheymeh – Beef and yellow split pea stew with roasted potatoes

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Khoresh Gheymeh is a well-recognized and popular dish to Iranians: a comforting meat-and-potato stew that has all the familiar flavors of Persian cuisine.

The stew is flavored with the Persian spice mixture called Advieh, containing warming spices such as cinnamon and cardamom, earthy cumin and coriander, and a gentle kiss of ground rose petals. But what truly puts a Persian stamp on this dish is the use of Persian dried limes, Limoo Omani.

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Khoresh Karafs – Celery and beef stew with fresh herbs

خورش کرفس

Khoresh Karafs, a popular stew in Persian cuisine is remarkably flavorful with very few ingredients. Celery is sauteed on its own to enhance its flavor, then combined with herbs, beef, and Limu Omani which brings magic to this dish!

Celery, oh celery! Let’s face it, celery probably isn’t the kind of vegetable that makes you jump up and down with excitement. So bear with me as I try to convince you that this dish is not your average celery stick dipped in ranch sauce, like an edible spoon. Celery has a unique flavor that seems like it’s always best paired with something else: ranch dressing, nut butter, hummus, or various dips.

To make matters worse, celery seems to be an obligatory ingredient in those ever-so-popular smoothies, perhaps to compensate for the sugar content in your “healthy” smoothie!

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Khoresh Albaloo – Sour cherry and chicken meatballs in saffron broth

خورش آلبالو

I can’t help but smile when I think of sour cherries! Cherries are a highly prized fruit that has found its way into many parts of Persian cuisine, both as a savory and as a sweet ingredient. This dish is another Caspian Sea regional specialty that integrates sour cherries into a stew in the company of small chicken meatballs, all in a gloriously beautiful and tasty saffron broth.

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Khoresh Saak – Caspian Sea tangy lemony herb sauce with carrots and fried eggs

ساک

This is a perfect example of a simple and humble Caspian Sea dish in which large amounts of parsley, cilantro, mint, spinach and green onions are finely chopped and cooked down while brilliant and colorful slices of carrot gently soften in this tangy herb sauce. This dish is typically served with fried eggs or pieces of white fish on top and steamed basmati rice.

Homage!

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Khoresh Morgh-e Torsh – Chicken in walnut and herbs sauce

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Morgh-e Torsh has the power to transport you to the shores of the Caspian Sea! When visiting my mother this weekend, we spent a good few hours in the kitchen talking about the dishes we used to eat that were specific to the Caspian Sea region and this was the first dish we prepared.

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Khoresh Bademjan – Eggplant and lamb stew with tangy sour grapes

خورش بادمجان

This is one of the many eggplant dishes in Persian cuisine, but perhaps one of the most recognizable and popular ones! There is a playful balance of deep earthy eggplant and tomato flavors and the tartness of the sour grapes.

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Khoresh Pesteh-ye Kermani – Kerman region chicken and pistachio stew with fresh dill

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This tasty stew is from the city of Kerman in the southeastern region of Iran, showcasing the use of pistachios in a unique way.

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Khoresh Baghala Ghatogh – Butterbeans with poached eggs

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This simple peasant food brings back fond memories of childhood and time spent visiting family near the shores of the Caspian Sea.

It is surprisingly simple in composition but packed with flavors. The signature flavors for this dish are garlic and dill.

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