Easy Persian Recipes in English

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Zucchini and Beetroot Fritters

Zucchini and Beetroot Fritters

Zucchini and Beetroot Fritters  make a nutritious light breakfast or an addition to a picnic.

It must be the season for beetroot with a lovely supply at the markets this week.  This recipe uses beetroot with the wonderfully fresh organic zucchini from the local farmers market. A simple weekend breakfast or a picnic snack. I love to experiment with the colour and taste of beetroot, and mixed with the turmeric, these fritters develop a lovely colour. Serve with yoghurt and cucumber.

 

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brown rice zucchini cakes
brown rice zucchini cakes

Try brown rice zucchini cakes as a healthy and nutritious snack for picnics or a light lunch.

Turmeric adds that Persian touch. I often makes these delicious rice cakes as a lunch box filler for my hungry boys. This recipes uses the absorption method for cooking the rice. This is referred to in Farsi as “ketteh”.

We also love Brown Rice Salad and I always cook double the brown rice to use the rice in the salad recipe.

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I have been discovering different ways to use salap and creating various flavors of ice cream. Chocolate Banana Ice Cream is great way of including fruit in a yummy desert. Continue reading

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Rice with Broad Beans, Dill & Chicken

Rice with Broad Beans, Dill & Chicken

Baghali Polo is a traditional rice dish combining the flavours of the delicate Broad bean with Dill. This recipe includes chicken and becomes a complete meal. Although it can be a little time consuming to remove the outer husks from the bread bean, it is a quick and easy Iranian meal, served with Yoghurt, mixed tomato and cucumber salad and a bowl of Sabzi (fresh herbs). Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Yield: serves 8

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Baghali - Broad Beans

Baghali – Broad Beans

Broad beans or Baghali is commonly used around the world. It is also known as Fava beans.

Baghali can be used fresh, frozen or dried. I prefer to use the frozen beans, and always have a couple of packets in the freezer.

Baghali Polo is a popular Iranian rice dish with dill.

If using the frozen beans, you will need to remove the lighter green out husk as shown in the pictures below. A little time consuming, but is well worth the effort.

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Adas - Green Lentils

Adas – Green Lentils

Adas or more commonly known in the west as Green Lentils is an inexpensive source of protein.

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Adas Polo with Lamb

Adas Polo with Lamb



Adas Polo with Lamb


An easy version of the traditional rice dish with adas – green lentils, sultanas and lamb. This version allows for the rice to be cooked in the stock similar to Italian risotto.

Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Yield: serves 8

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Herb Omelette – Kookoo Sabzi

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Kookoo is a Persian style omelette or frittata. Kooko Sabzi is often served at the New Year celebration – Naw Ruz – Kookoo Sabzi is the most famous and popular of all the Persian Omelettes or kookoo.

Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes
Yield: Serves 6

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Saffron powder is a great way of making the most of your saffron.

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Nothing is better than a good thick yoghurt as a side dish to Persian Khoresht and polo rice. When making yoghurt add a good quantity of dried milk powder, I Continue reading