Yetimcheh (Little Orphan)

This food is one of traditional meals in Iran, and from region to other region, recipe is different but all called ‘ Yetimche’ or little orphan. Because in original recipe there was no meat in ingredients but nowadays in some recipes it has meat.
It is very colourful and yummy. It serves with flat bread.

  • 200 g ground beef/lamb
  • 3 tomato, chopped
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 onions, skin off and chop
  • 4 cloves of garlic, cut into slices
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • Salt – pepper as desired
  • Olive oil /vegetable oil


In a frying pan, heat the oil, and add potatoes, fry until golden brown, set aside. In other pan, saute onion and garlic until soft, set aside. Add some salt and pepper to the meat. Give a small ball shape to the meat. Fry meat balls in a pan.
in a bowl with 300 ml water add tomato paste, turmeric, salt and pepper, mix it very well.
Now, place fried potatoes and sauteed onion-garlic in a pot, add liquid, chopped tomatoes and fried meat balls to the mixture. Mix it. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
Serve it with bread.
Nosh-e jan



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