Anar Bij – Meatballs in pomegranate and herb sauce

Anar Bij is a hearty and flavor-packed dish from Gilan province in the Caspian Sea region of Iran. Delicate meatballs are gently cooked in a creamy walnut sauce that is then flavored with fresh herbs and pomegranate molasses. Tart flavors, aromatics, and a hint of sweetness combine to make this dish another poster child of…

Aash-e Anar – Pomegranate soup with meatballs

This is Aash-e Anar, another of the popular and well-loved members of the Aash family, with many enticing and creative seasonal variations. Aash has always been front and center of Persian cuisine. This is a Farsi term used to describe a thick style of soup that often combines a variety of beans, grains, sometimes noodles,…

Kufteh Pesteh – Meatballs with pistachios and pomegranate

Yes indeed, this is another Kufteh (meatballs in Farsi) in the long line of meatballs in Persian cuisine. Except this one is just jam-packed with incredible and unique flavors that are enhanced with the addition of fresh herbs and sparkling arils of pomegranate and the crunch of the much-beloved emerald green colored Iranian pistachios.

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…

Albaloo Polo – Sour cherry rice with meatballs

Albaloo Polo has it all: sweet, sour, salt, carbohydrates, protein, soft, crispy, and bright, uplifting colors – all packed into one surprisingly humble dish. It is a delicious and flavorful meal and a true gastronomic experience that satisfies all the different taste buds in your palate. Albaloo is the Farsi word for Morello cherries, which…

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…

Khoresh Nokhodchie – Chickpea and lamb meatballs in tomato-mint sauce

I seem to spend a lot of time thinking about Isfahan these days. So I started searching online and paging through cookbooks for inspiration to see what intriguing and tasty dish I could come up with to share. This is a simple Isfahani stew that once again has familiar elements such as lamb, chickpeas (in…

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

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?

Khoresh Albaloo – Sour cherry and chicken meatballs in saffron broth

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…