Zucchini and Beetroot Fritters

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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

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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”.

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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

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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.

Evaporated milk is a basic in many older recipes in Australia and combined with salap adds a different flavour and texture to the traditional ice cream. The salap adds that marshmallow effect that adds that Persian twist.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Serves 8
An easy, delightful use of bananas. Chocolate Banana Ice cream is a firm favourite.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
242 calories
26 g
42 g
16 g
2 g
10 g
90 g
14 g
19 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242
Calories from Fat 137
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 42mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrates 26g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 19g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 1/3 cup hot chocolate powder
  3. 1 tin evaporated milk
  4. 300 ml cream
  5. 1/3 cup sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp salap
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender till well combined
  2. Refrigerate for about 2 hours until very cold
  3. Churn in an icecream maker for about 20 minutes until the mixture resembles soft serve
  4. Freeze for about 2 hours to harden before use
  1. Salap makes this ice cream marshmallow like in texture resembling true Persian Bastani icecream
Persian Recipes

Baghali Polo – Rice with Broad Beans, Dill & Chicken

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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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Broad Beans – Baghali

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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.

Adas – green lentils – is the main ingredient for Adas Polo. Adas is readily available from regular supermarkets, either tinned or dried. The dried version requires cooking prior to using in rice dishes. Simply rapid boil in salted water until just soft. Using lentils in other recipes will require more cooking to make them softer and easier to mash.

Adas (green lentils) are a great source of carbohydrates and protein based dietary fibre having an average of 25% protein.

Easy Adas Polo with Lamb

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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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Kookoo Sabzi – Herb Omelette

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Herb Omelette – Kookoo Sabzi


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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Powdered Saffron

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Powdered saffron is a great way of making the most of your saffron.

In a Persian household, saffron is like gold. It is often quite expensive, but this tip makes your saffron last a lot longer.

In a coffee or spice grinder place 1 tsp of good quality saffron, 2 tlbs sugar and 1/4 tsp of powdered orange food colouring (available from Indian grocers). Grind until a fine, pinky powder. Store in a spice shaker, and shake onto polo rice during the last stages of cooking. Gently stir through before serving.

Thickening Yoghurt

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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 add enough to double the consistency of the milk, for example if I am using 1 litre of milk, I add enough dried milk powder to make a litre of milk.

A more traditional way of getting thick yoghurt it to strain it through a thin cheesecloth overnight, but an alternative to this is to place a clean toweling cloth on the top of freshly made yoghurt, and place in refrigerator overnight. The cloth will absorb excess liquid making the yoghurt a much thicker consistency.

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