Ruby Rice (Yaqoot Pilaf)

This is other Afghani rice dish which is called yaqoot pilaf or Ruby pilaf, due to it’s gorgeous colour that is taken from the cherries and is a reminder of Ruby gem stone. Yaqoot means Ruby the precious gem stone.

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This rice dish is similar to an Iranian dish which is made with sour cherries , and  in following photo you can see a photo of this rice :

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen sour cherries ( tart cherry, Morello cherry)
  • ½ cup white sugar ( if you wish your rice has a mild sweet taste)
  • ½ tbsp cardamom powder
  • ½ cup water
  • Olive oil

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How to make it?????

In a pot with cherries add sugar and cardamom. Pour ½ cup water on it and allow to cook for over low heat for 15 minutes.

Use a sieve and separate cooked cherries from the syrup. Bring the water in a pot. Drain the salted water of the rice. Add the rice into the pot with boiled water and cook it for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add cherries syrup to the rice and mix it well.

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Cover the pot with a lid. Allow to steam cook the rice for 20 minutes. Once rice is ready serve it with chicken or beef meat.

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Ruby Rice (Yaqoot Pilaf)

Ingredients

3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking

1 cup fresh or frozen sour cherries ( tart cherry, Morello cherry)

½ cup white sugar ( if you wish your rice has a mild sweet taste)

½ tbsp cardamom powder

½ cup water

Olive oil

How to make it?????

In a pot with cherries add sugar and cardamom. Pour ½ cup water on it and allow to cook for over low heat for 15 minutes.

Use a sieve and separate cooked cherries from the syrup. Bring the water in a pot. Drain the salted water of the rice. Add the rice into the pot with boiled water and cook it for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add cherries syrup to the rice and mix it well.

Cover the pot with a lid. Allow to steam cook the rice for 20 minutes. Once rice is ready serve it with chicken or beef meat.

Green rice (Zamarod pilaf)

Green rice or herbed rice is popular in many countries. For example in Iran we make herbed rice with dill or other green rice which is mixture of fresh herbs including: coriander, parsley, dill, chives, fenugreek. In following photo you can see Persian herbed rice (Sabzi polow).

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Or there is a Mexican rice dish made with cilantro, and parsley. Among Indian rice dishes also are herbed rice meals.

My today recipe is Afghani green rice cooked in spinach and meat stock. In some versions of this rice dish there is a combination of spinach, dill and cilantro too. This gorgeous rice dish is called ‘ Zamarod pilaf’in native language.  ‘Zamarod’ means ‘Emerald’ the green precious gem stone. This rice dish is served in parties or wedding ceremonies.

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So, if you are or not Spinach lover, just give a try to this recipe and then you will just love it. Very tasty simple rice dish. The deep green colour of this rice comes from taking juice of blended spinach.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking
  • 1 large bunch of fresh spinach, washed, drained and chopped
  • 1 large onion
  • 300g diced beef or lamb meat and broth, Cooked
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

 

How to make it?????

Wash the rice and soak in the salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking time.

In a pot with meat, add chopped onion, season with pepper. Pour water into the pot and cook it until tender. Keep some meat broth for mixing with spinach.

 

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté spinach for 2-3 minutes. Remove it from the heat. Add salt, cumin powder and meat broth to the fried spinach (for the extra flavour) and blend the spinach mixture well in blender. Use a sieve and strain it in order to separate juice from leaves. Now we have  spinach juice as a colouring agent for our rice.

 

Now for cooking rice, bring the water to a boil in a pot. Drain the salted water of rice and pour the rice into the boiled water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

 

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add spinach juice to the rice and mix it well. There is no necessity to use all of the spinach juice. Just add enough to give good green colour to the rice. Place the cooked meat among the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to steam for 20 minutes.

 

Serve the rice with herbs or fresh vegetables .

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Green rice (Zamarod pilaf)

 

Ingredients

3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking

1 large bunch of fresh spinach, washed, drained and chopped

1 large onion

300g diced beef or lamb meat and broth, Cooked

1 tsp cumin

Pinch of pepper

Salt to taste

Olive oil

 

How to make it?????

Wash the rice and soak in the salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking time.

In a pot with meat, add chopped onion, season with pepper. Pour water into the pot and cook it until tender. Keep some meat broth for mixing with spinach.

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté spinach for 2-3 minutes. Remove it from the heat. Add salt, cumin powder and meat broth to the fried spinach (for the extra flavour) and blend the spinach mixture well in blender. Use a sieve and strain it in order to separate juice from leaves. Now we have pure and filtered spinach juice as a colouring agent for our rice.

Now for cooking rice, bring the water to a boil in a pot. Drain the salted water of rice and pour the rice into the boiled water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add spinach juice to the rice and mix it well. There is no neccesity to use all of the spinach juice. Just add enough to give good green colour to the rice. Place the cooked meat among the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to steam for 20 minutes. Serve the rice with herbs or fresh vegetables .

Tas kebab( Persian Meat & Vegetables Stew)

Tas kebab is a Persian beef/lamb and vegetables stew. Traditionally it’s made with lamb but you can make it with beef, or veal too. In some different versions you may add eggplants and  quince too.

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Tas kebab is a hearty and tasty stew with aromatic spices and fresh vegetables like carrots, potatoes, onions, ….which is enjoyed in Iran, Greece, Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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Traditionally the meat should be cut into chunks. The sauce of tas kebab is reddish due to tomato paste. You can serve it with either rice or flat bread.

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Ingredients

  • 300g diced beef or lamb meat
  • 50g Beef dripping
  • 1 bell pepper, diced it
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into round shape
  • 1 large onion, cut into rings
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6-7 cherry tomatoes
  • 150g green beans, cut into small pieces
  • 200g potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp saffron water ( optional)
  • Olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups water

How to make it???

Place the diced meat in a pan. Finely chop one of onions and add it to the meat, season with black pepper. Set the pot on the stove and fill it with water. Bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat down and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer the beef until tender.

While, beef is cooking, heat the oil in a pan and fry potatoes and carrots for 7-8 minutes. Then add chopped green beans, onion and bell pepper and fry for 5 minutes. Transfer fried veggies to a pot.

Once meat is cooked, add beef dripping ( the benefit of cooking with animal fats is just a nice flavor) and all spices but saffron water and let to fry for 5 minutes. Add meat to the pot.

Mix 2 ½ cups of water with tomato paste and saffron water and pour it over all the ingredients , add tomatoes and let to simmer for half an hour..

Serve tas kebab with rice or flat bread such as Persian Lavash naan bread, pitta bread ,…

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Tas kebab( Persian Meat & Vegetables Stew)

Ingredients

300g diced beef or lamb meat

50g Beef dripping

1 bell pepper, diced it

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into round shape

1 large onion, cut into rings

1 large onion, finely chopped

6-7 cherry tomatoes

150g green beans, cut into small pieces

200g potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp chilli flakes

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp paprika

Salt to taste

1 tbsp tomato paste

½ tsp saffron water ( optional)

Olive oil

2 ½ cups water

 

How to make it???

Place the diced meat in a pan. Finely chop one of onions and add it to the meat, season with black pepper. Set the pot on the stove and fill it with water. Bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat down and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer the beef until tender.

While, beef is cooking, heat the oil in a pan and fry potatoes and carrots for 7-8 minutes. Then add chopped green beans, onion and bell pepper and fry for 5 minutes. Transfer fried veggies to a pot.

Once meat is cooked, add beef dripping ( the benefit of cooking with animal fats is just a nice flavor) and all spices but saffron water and let to fry for 5 minutes. Add meat to the pot. Mix 2 ½ cups of water with tomato paste and saffron water and pour it over all the ingredients , add tomatoes and let to simmer for half an hour.. Serve tas kebab with rice or flat bread such as Persian Lavash naan bread, pitta bread ,…

Roses Carrot- Zucchini Tart

This colourful tart will get all attention at a party. I love the contrast between colours in this dish.

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Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large green zucchini
  • 6 orange- purple and yellow carrots
  • 350g ricotta cheese
  • 100g mozzarella cheese or Feta cheese
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried mint or oregano
  • Salt to taste

How to make it?????

we need a tart pan. Now unfold puff pastry, just big enough to cover the pan. Trim the excess. Place a piece of parchment paper in as shown. Place some beans on it, in order to avoid moving the paper.

Place it in the oven and allow to bake on 200C degree for 15-20 minutes. Once it is baked, let it cool down.

 

Now, in a large bowl whisk the eggs, then add ricotta and mozzarella cheese, dried herb, nutmeg, pepper, salt and mix all ingredients well together.

Preheat the oven to 200C degree. Slice zucchinis and carrots lengthwise and very thin.

Now, spread the cheese mixture in the baked puff pastry. Now we are going to make rose shape rolls. So for making a rose shape roll you would need 3 slices of zucchini or carrot Then take one slice of zucchini or carrot and roll it. Take second slice and rolling around the first one.

Place each one of the rose buds among the cheese mixture. Carry on with remaining of the ingredients and repeat the process and place each one next to the other one.

Once you finished rolling , spray some vegetable oil on rolled vegetables. Transfer the tart pan into the oven and allow to bake for 45- 50 minutes.

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Zucchini Flat(naan)Bread

Naan / noon /nan is a Persian word and means bread. Naan is a kind of flat bread found in the Iranian cuisine, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Indian and Middle East countries.

Naan being freshly prepared in tandoor and we can get fresh beautiful naan for breakfast, lunch and dinner from bakery everyday. There are loads of different kinds of naan bread. All are gorgeous, tasty and beautiful. Today I baked my zucchini flat bread.

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Zucchini flat bread naan, is a favourite treat. Zucchini which is called ‘ Kadoo’ makes main roll in keeping the bread soft and moist. It is a beautiful combo of zucchini with onions, cheese and spices. I have used mozzarella cheese, but it goes well with feta or cheddar cheese too. These are Sooooooo good. Sooooooo delicious and hearty naan bread.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 30-40g Cheese (feta cheese, mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese)
  • 40-50 ml water
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp salt
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1.2 tsp chilli flakes
  • Vegetable oil

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How to make it?????

Grate the zucchini and squeeze to release the juice. Add chopped onion, eggs, cheese and season with spices. Mix all together. Then add flour, baking powder and combine with hand. Slowly add water to the batter and knead it for 2-3 minutes. If the batter is sticky add some flour. Make a ball and cover the dough and allow to rest for 1 hour.

After an hour, place the dough on a floured surface and divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each dough into a small ball.

On a floured surface, using a rolling pin and roll it into a flatten circle.

Heat a little bit oil in a pan and add in flattened dough. Once one side fried ( 3-4 minutes) flip over and fry other side.

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Zucchini flat naan bread

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour

1 large zucchini, grated

2 eggs

1 onion, finely chopped

30-40g Cheese (feta cheese, mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese)

40-50 ml water

1tsp baking powder

2tsp salt

1tsp paprika

1.2 tsp chilli flakes

Vegetable oil

How to make it?????

Grate the zucchini and squeeze to release the juice. Add chopped onion, eggs, cheese and season with spices. Mix all together. Then add flour, baking powder and combine with hand. Slowly add water to the batter and knead it for 2-3 minutes. If the batter is sticky add some flour. Make a ball and cover the dough and allow to rest for 1 hour.

After an hour, place the dough on a floured surface and divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each dough into a small ball. On a floured surface, using a rolling pin and roll it into a flatten circle. Heat a little bit oil in a pan and add in flattened dough. Once one side fried ( 3-4 minutes) flip over and fry other side.

Walnuts Snowballs

These beautiful cookies could be made with walnuts or pecan. They are buttery, with plenty of walnuts and full of flavour. It’s surprisingly easy recipe to follow.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely diced and toasted for better taste
  • 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3tbsp white sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

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How to make it?????

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix it up by hand. Keep mixing until turning into a dough. Then warp it up in plastic and refrigerate it for half an hour to chill. By this way, would be easier to roll it up afterwards.

Preheat the oven to 176C degree. Now open the dough and roll them into small balls and place them on a parchment paper lined tray. Transfer the baking tray into the oven and allow to bake for 15 minutes.

Once they are done, they are fragile so let them cool for 5 minutes.

Now still they are warm, so coat them with powdered sugar and because they do not take much sugar at first time, so after 15 minutes when they are cool, roll them in powdered sugar for the second time and that’s it. Enjoy it 🙂

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Walnuts snowballs

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup walnuts, finely diced and toasted for better taste

113g unsalted butter, room temperature

3tbsp white sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

How to make it?????

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix it up by hand. Keep mixing until turning into a dough. Then warp it up in plastic and refrigerate it for half an hour to chill. By this way, would be easier to roll it up afterwards.

Preheat the oven to 176C degree. Now open the dough and roll them into small balls and place them on a parchment paper lined tray. Transfer the baking tray into the oven and allow to bake for 15 minutes.  Once they are done, they are fragile so let them cool for 5 minutes. Now still they are warm, so coat them with powdered sugar and because they do not take much sugar at first time, so after 15 minutes when they are cool, roll them in powdered sugar for the second time and that’s it. Enjoy it 🙂

Falafel

Falafel is one the most favourite fast foods in the Middle East. Falafel is an Arabic word,and plural ‘ filfil’ meaning “pepper”. Falafel is a meatless food and good source of protein and suitable for vegetarians.

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Originally it is spicy but in any country it has adjusted based on the taste of people. Falafel is made of chickpeas or fava beans. Egyptians make falafe with fava beans and sometimes with combination of both. But if you make with chickpeas, they should be soaked and then should be ground up or mashed and mix with beautiful spices and vegetables such as onions, garlic parsley.

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Falafe serves with flat bread ( Naan ), pita bread, or Budget bread and garnished with different things such as tomato, cucumber, lettuce, fresh herbs, tahini sauce, spicy sauce, humus, chutney, garlic yogurt. Or they are just perfect on their own.
Falafel can be eaten cold or hot. This chickpea balls are mostly popular in S and SW of Iran but in other cities of country such as Tehran is very popular too.

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Ingredients

  • 450 g chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 1/2 tbsp  plain flour or chickpeas flour
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • A bunch of parsley
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2tsp cumin
  • 1tsp coriander powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil

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Ingredients for mint-parsley sauce

  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • Small bunch of mint and parsley
  • 1 small bell pepper
  • Salt to taste

 

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Preparation
If you want your falafel to turn out right, you need to soak dried chickpeas overnight. So they will be double in size. Next day, drain and rinse them. Pour chickpeas into a food processor. Then add all ingredients ( except flour)  for falafel into the food processor and make smooth mixture.

 

Then add flour and   season the chickpeas mixture with all above mentioned spices. Mix all together very well. Using wet hands or a falafel scoop, form falafel mixture into round balls or oval shape. By the way,  If you wish, sprinkle some sesame seeds on each chickpeas ball too .Then place chickpea balls in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

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Falafel is traditionally fried but you can bake it instead too. So bake falafel in 175 C degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
And if you want to fry falafel, add enough oil for deep frying in a deep saucepan. Place the pot over a high heat and heat the oil, then drop falafel balls in the oil and fry until brown ( 7-8 minutes).


For making sauce, you need to place all ingredients for sauce in a blender and make a smooth sauce.

 


When all falafels are fried. You can serve them plain or Wrap 3-4 of falafels in a pita bread, topping with sauce and enjoy it.

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Falafel

Ingredients
300 g chickpeas, soaked overnight
2 cloves of garlic
1 large onion.
A bunch of parsley
Salt – pepper to taste
1 tsp turmeric
1tsp coriander powder
Oil
Ingredients for mint-parsley sauce
3 tbsp. plain yogurt
Small bunch of mint and parsley
1 small bell pepper
Salt to taste
Preparation
If you want your falafel to turn out right, you need to soak dried chickpeas overnight. So they will be double in size. Next day, drain and rinse them. Pour chickpeas into a food processor. Then add all ingredients for falafel into the food processor and make smooth mixture.
Then add and season the chickpeas mixture with all above mentioned spices. Mix all together very well. using wet hands or a falafel scoop, form falafel mixture into round balls .Then place chickpea balls in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Falafel is traditionally fried but you can bake it instead too. So bake falafel in 175 C degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
And if you want to fry falafel, add enough oil for deep frying in a deep saucepan. Place the pot over a high heat and heat the oil, then drop falafel balls in the oil and fry until brown ( 7-8 minutes).
For making sauce, you need to place all ingredients for sauce in a blender and make a smooth sauce.
When all falafels are fried. You can serve them plain or Wrap 3-4 of falafels in a pita bread, topping with sauce and enjoy it.

Spicy Hot Chocolate

I had my best hot chocolates in the Wedel café at Warsaw. In cold winters of Warsaw, real hot chocolate is great. This café serves amazing hot chocolate, that is totally deliciousو with different flavours such as: mint, strawberry, ….. Those hot chocolates were tasty, and so thick that your lips stock together, and always served with a cup of hot water.

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Having a cup of real good hot chocolate is  just being  over the moon. So,  yesterday was cold and  I remembered those delicious hot chocolates and decided to make it at home. It just would take 10 minutes to have a lovely hot chocolate.

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Ingredients

  • 300g good quality chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Preparation
Put milk into a pan, bring it to a simmer. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, and pieces of chocolate.

When chocolate melted, remove the pot from the heat. Using a tea strainer, remove the leftover spices.
Pour the hot chocolate into your glass or mugs and enjoy it.

 

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Spicy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
  • 300g good quality chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
Preparation
Put milk into a pan, bring it to a simmer. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, and pieces of chocolate. When chocolate melted, remove the pot from the heat. Using a tea strainer, remove the leftover spices.
Pour the hot chocolate into your glass or mugs.

 

Three Tasty-Easy Recipes for Leftover Rice

There are two things that are staple foods in the Iranian cuisine: rice and bread. They eat rice with different kinds of meat stews or vegetable dishes. In North of Iran, near the Caspian Sea, there are beautiful rice fields which are widely famous for cultivation of different kinds of Persian rice.

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You can make 10s of gorgeous dishes with white/brown or wild rice. You can make rice with stew, curry, beautiful green herbs and vegetables or spices. You can cook rice in a rice cooker, in microwave or on the stove.

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Anyway, what led me to talk about rice was that sometimes after a party we have leftover rice on hand, so instead of wasting it, you would be better to turn your leftover plain rice into a fabulous new rice dish 🙂

I have three easy- quick and tasty recipes for turning your rice into lentils rice, herbed rice and potato rice.

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Ingredients for lentils rice

  • one cup lentils

  • 1 cube meat or vegetable stock

  • ½ tsp cumin powder

  • Pinch of black pepper

  • Butter

How to make it?????

Bring to a boil, add lentils, one vegetable or meat stock,  pepper and cumin. Reduce heat and simmer until they are tender but not mushy( it takes typically 20-20 minutes) and usually  it depends on the age of your lentils. Once it is cooked, add it to the rice and gently mix. Spread some melted butter all over the rice and serve it.

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Ingredients for herbed rice

  • small bunch of chives or spring onions, finely chopped
  • small bunch of dill, finely chopped
  • small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it?????

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped herbs, seasoning with salt, pepper, cinnamon and cumin. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff the rice with a fork, and stir in sautéed herbs and gently combine and allow it up for few minutes  and serve it.

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Ingredients for rice and potatoes

  • 5 baby potatoes

  • Pinch of chilli flakes

  • butter

  • Salt to taste

How to make it?????

Put the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Salt the water. Bring it to a boil and cook the potatoes until tender. Drain and add melted butter and sprinkle chilli flakes on them. Serve the rice in a plate and top it with buttery potatoes.

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Meat pie

This type of beautiful and delicious stuffed fried bread is made in different countries such as Iran, Turkey, Afghanestn, Republic Azerbaijan, India, China, Korea and referred to by different names.

 

For example in Iran it’s called ‘ Kelane ‘ in Afghanestan is called ‘ Bolani, in India is called paratha, and yet , you can call these kinds of filled pastries or stuffed  bread: pie or pan cake too.

 

It is baked in the oven or fried in the pan with meat or vegetable filling. The filling can be beef, lamb, pork or combination of meat with vegetables or just simply all vegetables. So the fillings might be differ from one house to the other house.

In above attached photos you can see Persian Kelane and Indian Paratha.

 

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Ingredients for dough

  • 400g all purpose flour
  • 167ml boiling water
  • 140ml warm water
  • 2g salt
  • 27ml vegetable oil

 

Ingredients for filling

  • 600g ground beef
  • 400g potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 30g soy sauce
  • 1tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 50g fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 50g fresh spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1tsp spices including: fennel, cinnamon, salt and chilli powder

 

How to make it??

Mix flour with salt. Add boiling water to the flour and whisk it with a spatula. Then add warm water and knead the dough with hand. Rest the dough for half an hour.

 

After 30 minutes, add oil to the dough and knead it for 1 minute. Cover the dough with a towel and allow to rest for 2 hours.

 

Meanwhile, preparing the filling: In a large bowl, mix ground meat with mashed potatoes, chopped veggies, grated ginger, soy sauce and season with spices until combine well.

 

After 2 hours, dust your hands and divide the dough into 8-10 pieces. Scoop 2 tbsp of beef filling. Dust your hand and give a ball shape to them.

 

Now, place one of meat balls on the dough and slowly slowly seal the wrapper completely. Heat the oil in a pan and fry each side 3-4 minutes until golden brown.

 

Heat the oil in a pan and fry each side 3-4 minutes until golden brown.

 

Serve these beautiful stuffed bread or pie with Sesame oil, soy sauce, or sweet chilli sauce.

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Meat pie

Ingredients for dough

  • 400g all purpose flour
  • 167ml boiling water
  • 140ml warm water
  • 2g salt
  • 27ml vegetable oil

Ingredients for filling

  • 600g ground beef
  • 400g potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 30g soy sauce
  • 1tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 50g fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 50g fresh spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1tsp spices including: fennel, cinnamon, salt and chilli powder

 

How to make it??

Mix flour with salt. Add boiling water to the flour and whisk it with a spatula. Then add warm water and knead the dough with hand. Rest the dough for half an hour.  After 30 minutes, add oil to the dough and knead it for 1 minute. Cover the dough with a towel and allow to rest for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, preparing the filling: In a large bowl, mix ground meat with mashed potatoes, chopped veggies, grated ginger, soy sauce and season with spices until combine well. After 2 hours, dust your hands and divide the dough into 8-10 pieces. Scoop 2 tbsp of beef filling. Dust your hand and give a ball shape to them.

Now, place one of meat balls on the dough and slowly slowly seal the wrapper completely. Heat the oil in a pan and fry each side 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Serve these beautiful stuffed bread or pie with Sesame oil, soy sauce, or sweet chilli sauce.