Khoresh Bamieh – Okra and beef stew

خورش بامیه

Khoresh Bamieh comes originally from Khuzestan province in southern Iran, where it is traditionally prepared with a tamarind sauce. This variety, which is more common elsewhere in Iran, substitutes tomato sauce for the the less well known tamarind.

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Khoresh Ghormeh Sabzi -Beef and fresh herb stew

خورش قورمه سبزی

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 of the very specific nuances of Persian culture, tradition and cuisine.

This dish is an internal contradiction, much like Iran herself. The ancient Persian Empire vs. modern-day Iran; pre-revolution vs. post-revolution; traditional dishes vs. fast food.

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Khoresh Porteghal – Chicken and saffron stew with carrots and oranges

خورش پرتقال

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.

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Khoresh Gheymeh ba Beh – Lamb stew in tomato saffron sauce with caramelized quince

خورشت قیمه با به

Quince is an ancient fruit that finds its origin in the Mediterranean and Middle East region, which offers the perfect climate for the tree to flourish. Quince is quite tart, dense and aromatic, and is typically not eaten raw; it is rather cooked in stews or baked in desserts or jams.

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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

خورش قیمه

Khoresht-e 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 Morgh-e Torsh – Tangy lemon chicken simmered in a rich ground walnuts and herbs sauce

مرغ ترش

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. Our bodies and minds have a tremendous capacity to store nostalgic memories from our childhood such that after nearly 40 years when I took the first bite of this dish, I instantly remembered the tantalizing familiar flavor!

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Aash-e Jow – Barley, herbs and spinach stew with tangy whey and mint sauce

آش جو

Aash-e Jow is a hearty Persian barley stew prepared by slowly cooking beans and grains with an abundance of fresh herbs and spinach. The stew is topped with the salty and tangy Kashk (liquid whey), tender crispy fried onions, and a garlic mint sauce.

Aash can be served either as the main course or as a side dish. When I’m in a hurry and eager to have this stew, I sometimes use good quality canned beans to get to it faster!

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

  خورشت پسته کرمانی  با مرغ

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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