Kalam Polo Shirazi – Kohlrabi and rice pilaf with meatballs

A traditional and popular dish from the city of Shiraz, Kalam Polo consists of kohlrabi (or cabbage) and small meatballs layered into rice, with – of course – an enticing 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…

Meygoo Polo – Rice with herbs and prawns

Meygoo Polo originated in Iran’s southern provinces of Khuzestan and Bushehr. It’s not surprising that this seafood dish comes from provinces that are located on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Meygoo is the Farsi word for prawns, which are a staple for the residents of the Persian Gulf region. This dish brings together warming…

Kuku Sabzi – Fresh herb and leek frittata

Welcome to the world of herbs! Herbs play a significant role in Persian cuisine, whether they are served fresh as an appetizer with bread and cheese or cooked into Kuku or Khoresh (Persian stews). Herbs are integrated into Persian dishes not only to brighten up the colors and bring a brilliant herbal taste, but also…

Khoresh Ghormeh Sabzi -Beef and fresh herb stew

This is Ghormeh Sabzi, by many accounts Iran’s national dish! Yes, there are Fesenjoon, Khoresht-e Bademjan, and Zereshk Polo, and a myriad of other stews and rice dishes, not to mention a long list of Kebabs. But there is something so very special about Ghormeh Sabzi. To learn about this dish is to learn some…

Dast Peech-e Gusht – Persian meatloaf with fresh herbs and barberries

You thought only your grandmother made the best meatloaf? Well, who knew, Persians make meatloaf too and they are not shy about stuffing lots of flavors into them. The main component that remains consistent is the signature Persian flavor profile; a touch of sweet that is balanced with sour and the refreshing company of fresh…

Aash-e Sholeh Ghalamkar – Hearty beans and rice stew with beef and herbs

What looks like a soup or a stew, but is neither? It is Aash! Aash is a slow-cooked Persian dish that combines a variety of beans, grains, sometimes noodles, herbs, spices, and meat. Its texture most resembles a thick soup. Aash is quite versatile and has many variations. It can be a comfort food, but…

Nargesi РSpinach, parsley and mint saut̩ with poached eggs

A peasant food, at its core! And let’s face it, I’d eat like a peasant any day when the dish tastes this rich and yummy and is yet very simple, quick, and inexpensive! Nargesi’s origin is back in the Caspian Sea region of Iran, where produce and vegetables are abundant. Spinach is a cherished and…

Khoresh Karafs – Celery and beef stew with fresh herbs

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…

Salad-e seeb torsh ba kheeyar – Apple and cucumber salad with fresh herbs and lime

Persian cucumbers have ruined it for me! When you grow up eating cucumbers in the way that Americans eat apples and oranges, you are in for a disappointment the first time you cross paths with an ordinary cucumber. Persian cucumbers are delicate, high on cucumber flavor, and low on the chalky/bitterness factor. Their skins are…

Mahi Shekam Por – Caspian Sea style stuffed fish

On February 23rd, 2019 I threw a dinner party and invited a few of my very close and dear friends who are self-proclaimed “The Caspian Chef taste testers” and I wanted to offer them a variety of fun and unique Persian food that I was fairly certain they had not had been familiar with. I…