Borani Laboo – Yogurt with beets

This is another gem in the Persian yogurt series. Yogurt plays such a significant role in the cuisine, either with flatbreads or to accompany a flavorful layered rice or well-seasoned stew. Mention the word Laboo – beets in Farsi – to Iranians, and you will observe smiles widen and twinkles appear in eyes!

Khoresh Maast – Chicken in yogurt sauce with barberries

This one is a maast-try! I have had several appetizing and delicious Indian chicken dishes that either marinate or cook the chicken in a yogurt sauce. But until recently I hadn’t tried this traditional chicken dish with Persian techniques, ingredients, and spices.

Tahchin – Crispy saffron rice cake

Rice is at the front and center of the Persian table, and there are quite a few techniques for preparing it, from simple steamed rice to more complex rice dishes in which various ingredients are layered into the rice to create a one-pot meal.

Maast-o Museer – Yogurt with Persian shallots, garlic and mint

This is another gem in the Persian yogurt series. Yogurt plays such a significant role in the cuisine and is always there to accompany a flavorful layered rice or well-seasoned stew. The star of this yogurt dish is Museer, a Persian shallot. Museer is best described as a mix between an elephant garlic and a…

Maast-o Khiar – Yogurt with dried mint, cucumber and raisins

Yogurt is no stranger to Persian cuisine and is frankly a mandatory side item on the table. Each region of Iran offers its own unique version of a yogurt dish to accompany a Persian meal. In the North by the Caspian Sea, the specialty is a garlic and shallot yogurt, which has an intoxicating quantity…