Basturma or Basdirma Polo

Basturma or Basdirma polow /pilaf is a traditional Azerbaijani rice dish that is popular in Ardebil an ancient city near Caspian Sea. The meaning of the word ‘ Basturma or Basdirma’ translates as ‘ to press’ or ‘ pressed’. An other literally meaning of this word is ‘ buried’. Why the name of this dish…

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Persian Kebab Koobideh

Kebab in the Iranian culture is one of super foods. Kebab is a kind of meat dish. It does not necessarily need to be only lamb or beef grounded meat , it could be combination of both together. One of popular kebabs in Iran, is kebab koobideh. Kebab might be served with rice ( pilaf/polow…

Coloured Tahdig

Persian ( Iranian) rice gets steamed with the most scrumptious, crunchy and golden crust that is called ‘ tahdig’ meaning bottom of the pot in Farsi language. Tahdig, is speciality of Iranian cuisine consisting of crispy, crunchy, golden browned layer of either rice – bread, potatoes or meat taken from the bottom of the pot…

Baba Ganoush

Baba ganoush is a smoky  eggplant dip. It’s one of my favourites. Very easy to make it and super tasty, of course if you are eggplant lover. It tastes amazing after a day in the fridge. Baba ganush, is popular in Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Arabic countries around Persian Gulf and some African countries such as…

Cheddar Cheese Mayonnaise Sandwich

This is very simple, cold, plain, easy sandwich with satisfying taste. Simply with 3 ingredients would be ready. Ingredients Slices of white or brown breads 2 tbsp Mayo sauce 50 g grated cheddar cheese Method In a bowl with grated cheese, add Mayo sauce. Mix throughly until combine well. Spread cheese mixture on one of…

Baghala Ghatogh (Persian Fava Beans Stew)

Baghala ghatogh  is a northern Iranian speciality dish in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces. Traditionally it made beans, dill, poached eggs and spiced with turmeric. For making this dish needs a type of beans called ‘Pache baghali’ but out of Iran it’s difficult to fine it, so ‘Fava beans or broad beans’ are good substitute. Baghal ghatogh, is…

Persian petit meatballs ( Kofteh rizeh Yazdi)

In Iranian cooking ‘ Kofteh’ or ‘ Kofta’ is a kind of meat ball. Kofteh means pounded meat in Persian language. Meat ball or Kofta is made from ground meat such as: mutton, beef, lamb and chicken, along with aromatic fresh or dried herbs, nuts, fruits and eggs. Kofteh is usually shaped into balls and…

Raisins-Pistachio Baklava

For making this baklava no need to special technique. Super easy and quick will be ready. Ingredients Filo pastry Butter 4 tbsp chopped pistachio 4 tbsp raisins Ingredients for syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 tsp Orange blossom or rose water ½ lemon or lime juice   Preparation Preheat the oven to 180C….

Persian turnip-rice soup

This is a very easy following recipe for turnip soup with a soft texture and lovely flavour. Turnip is called ‘ Shalgham’ in Farsi. There are different recipes for turnip soup, like turnip-carrot, turnip-onion, ….. and this is my turnip-rice soup a Lovely meal for a lunch or as a light dinner. Ingredients 1 large…

Spinach puree with Halloumi cheese

This dish is delicious and very easy to prepare. Ingredients 300 gr spinach leaves 100 gr Halloumi cheese 6-7 cherry tomatoes 1 small chilli 1 tbs grated ginger 1 tbs flour 1/2 tbs cumin 1/2 tbs coriander powder 1/4 tbs turmeric 3 tbs cream Salt Vegetable oil Preparation Wash spinach leaves. Place them into a…