Bulgur Kofte

Bulgur kofte or bulgur  balls are suitable dish for vegetarians. These lovely bulgur balls or kofte are gorgeous and yummy. This is one of quick and hearty dishes you can try.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups bulgur
  • 2 cups boiled water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbps tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Ingredients for saucepan

  • 2 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • Handful fresh or dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

How to make it??

In a bowl with bulgur, add 2 cups of boiled water, mix together and cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, add egg, flour, tomato paste, cumin powder, paprika, and season with salt and pepper.

Mix together and then add 1/3 cup water to the bulgur mixture and combine all ingredients together very well. As you squeeze more, the texture of kofte would be better.

Grease your hands with oil and start to make small balls or kofte.

Now, we prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add grated garlic, fry couple of minutes. Then add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses to the garlic, sauté for a minute. Sauce is ready.

At this point, add some water and 1tsp salt to a pot and bring it to a boil, then add all kofte into the boiled water.You would see all kofte will sit at the bottom of the pot and once they are cooked and ready, will come to the surface of the boiled water.

At this point collect all of cooked kofte and add them into the sauce pan. Gently mix all together . Serve it in a plate topped with chopped parsley.

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Bulgur Kofte

Ingredients

2 cups bulgur

2 cups boiled water

1 cup all purpose flour

1 egg

1 tbps tomato paste

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

Ingredients for saucepan

2 clove garlic, grated

1 ½ tsp cumin powder

1 tsp paprika

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp pomegranate molasses

Handful fresh or dried parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??

In a bowl with bulgur, add 2 cups of boiled water, mix together and cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add egg, flour, tomato paste, cumin powder, paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Mix together and then add 1/3 cup water to the bulgur mixture and combine all ingredients together very well. As you squeeze more, the texture of kofte would be better.

Grease your hands with oil and start to make small balls or kofte.

Now, we prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add grated garlic, fry couple of minutes. Then add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses to the garlic, sauté for a minute. Sauce is ready.  At this point, add some water and 1tsp salt to a pot and bring it to a boil, then add all kofte into the boiled water.You would see all kofte will sit at the bottom of the pot and once they are cooked and ready, will come to the surface of the boiled water. At this point collect all of cooked kofte and add them into the sauce pan. Gently mix all together . Serve it in a plate topped with chopped parsley.

Vegetarian kebab

This is one of the  tastiest vegetarian kebabs which is made with bread and vegetabls. It is simple but super tasty and easy to make it, with crispy texture, golden outside and fulllllllllllll of flavour. You may serve it with yogurt, sweet chilli sauce, any kind of chutney or ketchup.

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Ingredients

  • 5 slices of fresh white or brown bread
  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • Handful fresh coriander leaves
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • Small piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to make it???

Put slices of bread into a food processor or blender and blend it until crush and look like soft bread crumbs and set aside.

Put cooked chickpeas into a mixing bowl. Add onion, garlic, ginger, mint and coriander leaves, lemon juice, yogurt and oil to the chickpeas. Blend until become purée. Add puree mixture and all spices to the bread crumbs, mix until combine well.

Grease your hand, take a small portion of mixture and roll it like a hot dog, however you can give ball shape or cutlet/ round burger shape too. Once all kebabs are done, you may push the wooden sticks into the kebab . it ‘s just optional.

Now heat the oil or butter in a saucepan. Place kebabs into the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden crispy.

Serve it with your favourite sauce.

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Vegetarian kebab

Ingredients

  • 5 slices of fresh white or brown bread
  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • Handful fresh coriander leaves
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • Small piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

How to make it???

Put slices of bread into a food processor or blender and blend it until crush and look like soft bread crumbs and set aside.

Put cooked chickpeas into a mixing bowl. Add onion, garlic, ginger, mint and coriander leaves, lemon juice, yogurt and oil to the chickpeas. Blend until become purée. Add puree mixture and all spices to the bread crumbs, mix until combine well.

Grease your hand, take a small portion of mixture and roll it like a hot dog, however you can give ball shape or cutlet/ round burger shape too.

Once all kebabs are done, you may push the wooden sticks into the kebab . it ‘s just optional.

Now heat the oil or butter in a saucepan. Place kebabs into the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden crispy.

Serve it with your favourite sauce.

 

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a popular dish,  made with boiled potatoes and other ingredients. There are so many variations of potato salad and today I have also two good ones. This is an instant and easy salad.

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Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes
  • small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup yogurt or Mayo
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??

Place the potatoes in a pot. Add enough cold water to cover the top of potatoes. Add 1 tsp salt to the water. Cook the potatoes until tender. Drain the potatoes. skin off potatoes, add butter or olive oil, lemon juice, and mash with potato masher.

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Now, add all above munitioned spices and chopped parsley. Mix all together. Taste again, if needs add more salt and pepper.

Take an orange size of potato mixture and shape it like a bowl ( as you see in the photos). Once all potato bowls are done, place them in a plate and set aside.

Now, mix yogurt with grated garlic, pinch of pepper and mix them.

Pour 1-2 tbsp of yogurt inside each potato ball. Serve potato salad topped with sweet chilli sauce.

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Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes
  • small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup yogurt or Mayo
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??

Place the potatoes in a pot. Add enough cold water to cover the top of potatoes. Add 1 tsp salt to the water. Cook the potatoes until tender. Drain the potatoes. skin off potatoes, add butter or olive oil, lemon juice, and mash with potato masher.

Now, add all above munitioned spices and chopped parsley. Mix all together. Taste again, if needs add more salt and pepper.

Take an orange size of potato mixture and shape it like a bowl ( as you see in the photos). Once all potato bowls are done, place them in a plate and set aside.

Now, mix yogurt with grated garlic, pinch of pepper and mix them. Pour 1-2 tbsp of yogurt inside each potato ball. Serve potato salad topped with sweet chilli sauce.

Potato-Beetroot Salad

This potato beetroot salad is a light, fresh, colourful and delicious salad.

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Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes
  • 1 large beetroot, cooked and grated
  • ½ lemon or lime
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp cooked carrots
  • 2 tbsp cooked corn
  • 2 tbsp cooked green peas
  • 2 tbsp pickled cucumber, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??

Place the potatoes in a pot. Add enough cold water to cover the top of potatoes. Add 1 tsp salt to the water. Cook the potatoes until tender. Drain the potatoes. skin off potatoes, and mash with potato masher.

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Squeeze grated beetroot to get rid of juice. Add beetroot, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil, to the mashed potatoes and mix all ingredients together. Taste again, if needs add more salt and pepper.

Take an orange size of potato mixture and shape it like a bowl ( as you see in the photos). Once all potato bowls are done, place them in a plate and set aside.

Mix yogurt and mayo in a bowl. Add cooked carrots, corn, green peas and pickled cucumber. Season with salt and pepper. Combine all together.

 

Pour 1 tbps of yogurt mixture inside each potato bowl and serve it.

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Potato-Beetroot Salad

 

Ingredients
  • 5 potatoes
  • 1 large beetroot, cooked and grated
  • ½ lemon or lime
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp cooked carrots
  • 2 tbsp cooked corn
  • 2 tbsp cooked green peas
  • 2 tbsp pickled cucumber, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

How to make it??
Place the potatoes in a pot. Add enough cold water to cover the top of potatoes. Add 1 tsp salt to the water. Cook the potatoes until tender. Drain the potatoes. skin off potatoes, and mash with potato masher. 
Squeeze grated beetroot to get rid of juice. Add beetroot, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil, to the mashed potatoes and mix all ingredients together. Taste again, if needs add more salt and pepper.
Take an orange size of potato mixture and shape it like a bowl ( as you see in the photos). Once all potato bowls are done, place them in a plate and set aside. Mix yogurt and mayo in a bowl.
Add cooked carrots, corn, green peas and pickled cucumber. Season with salt and pepper. Combine all together.  Pour 1 tbps of yogurt mixture inside each potato bowl and serve it.

Persian rice with sour cherries (Albaloo polo)

Sour cherry or Morello cherry is called ‘ Albaloo’ in Persian language. Iranian housewives make different things with albaloo such as: sour cherr juice, hot and cold drinks, jam and stew, cake and cookies. One of the Iranian famous rice dish is called Alballoo polo/pilaf which is made with sour cherries, spices and different meats such as: beef, lamb, or chicken and meat balls.

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The spices used in this pilaf vary but typically include Persian saffron and cinnamon. In Iranian cuisine there are wonderful mild sweet dishes such as: Fesenjan, Jewelled rice, Basterma pilaf, Albaloo polo and . And, and………….

Albaloo polo is mind blowing rice dish with combination of sweet/tangy taste. It’s moist and fluffy with plenty of morello cherries.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups sour cherries
  • 3 cups rice
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 300 g chicken breast or thigh, cooked
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 2 tbsp Persian saffron water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

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How to make???

Soak the rice in salted water for an hour. Meanwhile, Place deseeded cherries in a pan. Add sugar and simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes. Then place the cherries in a colander and let to drain the juice.

Melt the butter in a pan. Add cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, 1 tbps saffron water and stir. Then add cooked chicken to the butter and fry for 5 minutes. In this point, toss in the cherries and fry for 5 minutes more and set aside.

Pour in water into a pot and bring it to a boil. Drain the salted water of rice and add the rice to the boiling water and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Drain the rice in a colander and rinse the rice with cold water.

Add some oil to the pot, place a tortilla bread over the oiled base. Place some rice over the bread, then place half of the cherries and chicken mixture. Repeat until the rice and cherries mixture are used up.

Pour some saffron water, and albaloo juice over the rice. Place pieces of butter top of the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 20 minutes on medium to low heat.

Serve the rice in a plate along with the crispy tortilla from bottom of the pot that is called ‘ Tahdig’ in Farsi.

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Grains– Beans and Greens Soup

The taste of this soup might be new or exotic for Europeans or Americans. It is a light soup with delicious taste. A combination of bulgur, rice, beans, fresh green herbs and spices such as turmeric. It is an easy recipe that you can make it in an hour.

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Ingredients

  • 250g adzuki beans

  • 120g bulgur

  • 100g rice

  • 200g black eyed beans

  • 200g spinach leaves, chopped

  • 100g spring onions,chopped

  • 1 tsp dried tarragon

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 2 beef stock cubes

  • Olive oil

Instructions

Soak the beans and bulgur for at least 6 hours in enough cold water to cover them. Drain when ready to use.

Place black eyed beans and adzuki beans in a pot, Pour enough water and allow to cook until soft and set aside.Heat the olive oil in a pan, fry chopped onion for 3 minutes and then add to the beans pot.

 Dissolve beef cubes in 800ml water and add it to the cooked beans.

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At this point,   add bulgur- rice, dried tarragon and turmeric into the pot and season with spices and some oil. Bring it to a boil.

Then turn down and simmer for 45 minutes. In last ten minutes add chopped spinach and spring onions.

Before serve, check the seasoning. ِYou may serve this soup as it is or blend it in a food processor and puree it. Garnish with some fried onion and serve with bread and butter.

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Mutekke Cookies

Mutekke cookie is a traditional Azerbaijani cookie. Mutekke which is called bolster in English language is a long and narrow pillow filled with cotton or feather. By the way I have attached some photos of Mutekke in following photos.

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So name of this cookie come from their shape which resembles a traditional tube-shaped pillow which in old times of Iran, we used to use it as a pillow or back and arm support but nowadays, you can find them in small towns or villages.

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IMG_20180913_152655.jpgBasically, Mutekke cookie is rolled up pastry filled with nuts such as walnuts, almond, hazelnuts, pistachio or mixture of all but typically with walnuts and also fragrant spices. This cookie has a very straightforward recipe and super easy to make it. Usually baking Mutekke  in the celebration of new year ( Nowruz) is popular. The good point about this cookie is there is no sugar in the pastry and for adding sweetness to the cookie you add sugar or apricot or other fruit preserves as stuffing .

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Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 113g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 egg yolks

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Ingredients for filling

  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

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How to make it??

Mix flour and salt. Add butter to the flour. Use your hand and mix butter with flour. Now your mixture looks like fine sands. Add sour cream and egg yolks. Mix all ingredients until well combined and dough is not sticking to your hand.

Now, divide the dough into 3 pieces and wrap each piece in a plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for an hour.

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Meanwhile, we prepare the filling. In a bowl mix all filling ingredients together and set aside.

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Preheat the oven to 193C degree. After one hour, place one piece of dough on a floured board.

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I show two methods of cutting the dough:

  • 1- you can cut a circle dough into 4 wedges and then each wedge to be cut into 2 more wedges, so you will have 8 wedges.
  • 2- other method is roll out a dough into rectangle shape. Then cut lengthwise. And cut into triangle shape.

Now put 1 tsp or some of stuffing on each wedge and then start to roll it from wide side ( as you see in the photos).

Repeat same process with rest of wedges. Place them in a parchment lined baking tray and bake the cookies for 20 minutes.

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Remove from the oven, let to cool before sifting with powdered sugar on top. Now call all family members, make cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy these tasty cookies together.

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French Toast

French toast is one tastiest bread dish which is slices of bread soaked in mixture of egg and milk or cream with lovely spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

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French toast is known with different names such as gypsy toast, German toast, or eggy bread.

Cooked slices of bread might be served as a sweet dish with maple syrup , jam or honey and might be served as a savory dish with tomato sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup cream
  • 3tbsp white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

How to make it??

In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and cream.Butter the slices of bread on both sides. Then soak the slices of bread in the egg mixture for 10 minutes, and turning to coat boat sides.

Fry the slices of bread on lightly greased on a skillet on medium heat until browned on both side.

Transfer the French toast to a plate and pour over honey , jam or maple syrup.

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French toast

Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup cream
  • 3tbsp white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

How to make it??

In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and cream.Butter the slices of bread on both sides. Then soak the slices of bread in the egg mixture for 10 minutes, and turning to coat boat sides.Fry the slices of bread on lightly greased on a skillet on medium heat until browned on both side. Transfer the French toast to a plate and pour over honey , jam or maple syrup.