Kuku Nokhodchi – Falafel Kuku

I have always been a fan of chickpeas in any way, shape or form. Not only are they tasty and packed with plant-based protein, they can also be cooked and presented in endless ways. Two of my favorite chickpea dishes are falafel and hummus, offering different flavors and textures.   This dish is inspired by my…

Ghapeli Polo – Rice with beef and garbanzo beans

This dish finds its roots in the province of Kermanshah, located in the western region of Iran. At its core, it is a simple one-pot meal that starts with slow cooking of the beef and the garbanzos. Along the way, onions and simple spices are added to develop more depth and flavor. Once the beef…

Zireh Polo – Cumin Turmeric Rice Pilaf layered with Chickpeas and Potatoes

Today I found myself wanting to stay close to home and do all kinds of domestic things. After the chores had been knocked off one by one, I was still longing to do something comforting and truly homey. Naturally, I ended up in the kitchen, and I started to explore some less well-known Persian recipes….