Eggplant dish (Bademjan dish)

If you are eggplant( aubergine) lover, you know eggplant is delicious in a curry, or stew, on the barbecue , as a fried dish, as a salad or as a jam. This is a mouthwatering eggplant recipe which is a warm vegetable dish.

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If you are interested in eggplant , I have more recipes , such as: Persian eggplant jam, Persian eggplant stew with chicken, deep fried eggplant, eggplant onion with tomato sauce, Turkish grilled eggplant salad, Persian eggplant dip ( kashk-e bademjan) , eggplant rice which are available in my web page.

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Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplants, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut lengthwise
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 larger onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated
  • Small bunch of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

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How to make it??

Dice all vegetables into the pieces. Lay the pieces of eggplant in a colander, sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside for 30 minutes to draw the moisture and bitterness out of the eggplant. It also helps the eggplant stay shapely when is cooking instead of becoming soggy.

Before cooking rinse the aubergine under cold water to remove the excess salt and then press the eggplant between kitchen towels.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place eggplant pieces in hot oil and fry 3-4 minutes until aubergines are nice and golden brown.

I love fried aubergines. That’s why I could not resist and made a small bite of fried eggplant and ate it 🙂

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In the same skillet, add chopped carrots, bell pepper and onion. Cook and tossing occasionally until vegetables are tender, it will take about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add fried eggplants to the vegetables and mix together.

Mix tomato paste with a cup of water and turmeric. Pour on the fried veggies, add tomatoes and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes . Turn off the heat and let to sit for 10 minutes to develop more flavor.

Serve the dish with a mixture of yogurt with grated garlic.

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Eggplant dish

 

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplants, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut lengthwise
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 larger onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated
  • Small bunch of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it??

Dice all vegetables into the pieces. Lay the pieces of eggplant in a colander, sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside for 30 minutes to draw the moisture and bitterness out of the eggplant. It also helps the eggplant stay shapely when is cooking instead of becoming soggy.

Before cooking rinse the aubergine under cold water to remove the excess salt and then press the eggplant between kitchen towels. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place eggplant pieces in hot oil and fry 3-4 minutes until aubergines are nice and golden brown. In the same skillet, add chopped carrots, bell pepper and onion. Cook and tossing occasionally until vegetables are tender, it will take about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add fried eggplants to the vegetables and mix together.

Mix tomato paste with a cup of water and turmeric. Pour on the fried veggies, add tomatoes and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes . Turn off the heat and let to sit for 10 minutes to develop more flavor. Serve the dish with a mixture of yogurt with grated garlic.

Filo parcels with Camembert cheese

These pastry parcels are stuffed with Camembert cheese and Cranberry jam. Soooooooo delicious and at the same time very simple and easy recipe for making a perfect dinner or lunch. You can bake them in the oven at 180C for 25 minutes or fry in a pan.

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Ingredients

  • 250g Camembert cheese

  • Filo pastry sheets

  • Cranberry sauce

  • unsalted butter, melted

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How to make it

You can eat Camembert cheese with or without rind. I just cut it off. Then Cut the cheese into pieces.Brush one filo square lightly with melted butter. Lay second filo pastry on top and brush again.

Place 2 large pieces of Camembert cheese in the middle of filo and top it with a 1 tbps of the cranberry sauce. Fold the pastry lengthwise and fold each end too.

Continue with other filo sheets and cheese. Keep the remaining of cranberry sauce for the serving time.

Melt the butter in a pan. Place prepared parcels in the pan and fry them until golden and crisp. Serve these crispy filo parcels warm with rocket leaves and cranberry sauce.

 

 

مقداری کره در تابه ذوب می‌کنیم و خمیر های آماده شده را در تابه سرخ می‌کنیم تا دو طرف آن خوب سرخ شود.

زمان سرو با سس و مقداری سالاد سرو کنید.

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Filo parcels with Camembert cheese

Ingredients

  • 250g Camembert cheese

  • Filo pastry sheets

  • Cranberry sauce

  • unsalted butter, melted

How to make it

You can eat Camembert cheese with or without rind. I just cut it off. Then Cut the cheese into pieces.

Brush one filo square lightly with melted butter. Lay second filo pastry on top and brush again.

Place 2 large pieces of Camembert cheese in the middle of filo and top it with a 1 tbps of the cranberry sauce. Fold the pastry lengthwise and fold each end too.

Continue with other filo sheets and cheese. Keep the remaining of cranberry sauce for the serving time.

Melt the butter in a pan. Place prepared parcels in the pan and fry them until golden and crisp.

Serve these crispy filo parcels warm with rocket leaves and cranberry sauce.

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Harissa ( Wheat Bulgar porridge from South of Iran)

Haleem,  or hareesa is a thick and delicious porridge. Basically, this dish is made of boiled ground wheat or barley (bulgur) mixed with spiced meat….Haleem ( Halim) is popular dish in Iran, Arab countries around the Persian Gulf, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

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Haleem, hareesa, Jareesh, Keskeh or Arizah has different recipes and varies from region to region.

Haresse or halim is a dish for breakfast, and very popular especially during month of the Ramadan and also as a breakfast in the weekends. According to Wikipedia, the first written Hareese recipe dates back to the 10th century.

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This is a slow cooked dish for 6-7 hours. My following recipe belongs to South of Iran and in  cities South of Iran, this dish is called ‘ Hareese’ that is served as breakfast. 

The meat for this dish might be lamb, beef, mutton, turkey or chicken. The key point is frying the meat in spices such as turmeric and cinnamon which gives it amazing flavour.

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Ingredients

  • 250g lamb meat
  • 1 cup wheat bulgur, soaked in the water overnight
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2tbsp black or white sesame seeds
  • butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Heat the oil in a pot and add the meat. Fry the meat until brown. Then add turmeric and 1 half of cinnamon powder to the meat and saute for 2 minutes. This will give lovely flavour to the meat. Now add water to the pot and bring it to a boil.

Drain the bulgur and once water starts to boil, add, pinch of salt, bulgur, black sesame seeds, and sugar.

Reduce the heat and allow to cook until meat is tender and dish is thickened. Once dish has reached to consistency, you need to mash it. Traditionally a wooden masher was used, but nowadays you can use a blender or mixer and make it puree.

Serve harissa in a platter, topping with melted butter, cinnamon, sugar and sesame seeds.

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Deemaaj

Qazvin in NW of Tehran, is one of ancient cities of Iran. Qazvin was capital of the Persian Empire under Safavids for 57 years.

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Nowadays, this city is one of important cultural and tourism centre in Iran due to archaeological sites, fortifications, monuments, ……. and beautiful sights and for its carpet patterns, poets, pistachio gardens and Sweets such as Baklava.

Name of my recipe is Demaaj or Dumaaj that is a traditional cold food in Qazvin and Tabriz. Dumaaj is a light, traditional and different food. When weather gets warmer, this food would be one of amazing cold food recipes for summer time.

Deemaaj is combination of Persian naan Lavash with aromatic fresh herbs, plain yogurt, cream and walnuts.

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Recipe for this food is slightly different area by area. Deemaj is one of healthy foods for Iftar in month of Ramadan. One of essential ingredients for deemaaj is Persian naan Lavash. If you do not have access to this bread, tortillas bread would be good substitute.

Other ingredient is Iranain Paneer ( cheese) , and good substitute for cheese also would Greek cheese.

Preparing this food is very cheap and easy. You can store it for several days in the fridge. I recommend you to try this refreshing and light meal for a warm summer afternoon.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large Persian Lavash naan bread ( 2 tortillas bread)
  • 2 medium cucumber, finely chopped
  • 4-5 spring onions, finely chopped
  • Small bunch of each herbs includes: dill, chives, mint, coriander, parsley, tarragon
  • 100 g chopped walnuts
  • 100 g Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 100 g butter or clotted cream
  • 4 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • ¾ of a cup water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Break the bread into small pieces and toast it in a pan until crunchy.

Add water to the yogurt and season with salt- pepper and paprika. Whisk it well until you have a thick liquid.

Now, mix yogurt mixture with cream or butter and crumbled cheese. Next, in a large bowl with chopped herbs, cucumber, bread and chopped walnuts, add yogurt mixture and gently combine all ingredients together.

Allow to set in the fridge for 2 hours until firm, then give mini ball shapes and serve it. You can store this lovely bites fresh for few days in the fridge.

 

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Crispy-colourful fried onions ( Persian piaz dagh)

Fried onions or as we say in Farsi ( Piaz dahg) is one of essential ingredients in Persian cuisine. We use fried onions a lot in stews, soup, aash, ……

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Frankly speaking, it’s very easy peasy to make crispy crunchy fried onions ( piaz dagh) at home and إyou know home made fried onions is much better and so delicious. In one of my earlier posts, I have shared my crispy brown onions recipe.

 

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In today post, I made deep fried onions in different colours just like rainbow. They are very colourful, beautiful, tastyyyyyyyyyy, crunchy a lottttt, and good to garnish your dishes.

 

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Ingredients

  • 3 onions
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Deep  frying pan
  • Paper towels
  • Food colouring

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Method

Peel off onions skin. Cut top and bottom. Thinly slice the onions. Add pinch of slat and flour.

If you would like to have coloured fried onions. Divide sliced onions into 2 or 3 separate bowls.

Add pinch of food colouring to the onion and combine. Set aside.

Heat he oil in the pan. Test the oil temperature by dropping a slice of onion in the oil, if it sizzles then you know the oil is hot.

 

Add onions to the pan, keep stirring and fry onions on high heat until change into light brown. Duration of frying plain onions is shorter than coloured ones. Remove fried onions from the pan and place on paper towel to get rid of excess oil.Store it in a jar with a tight lid.

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Spinach and garlic-yogurt rolls

This is such a delicioussssssssssss and good finger food, party nibbles or snack. Star of this recipe is spinach. You can use either fresh or frozen spinach leaves. One of other ingredients for this beautiful dish is barberry which is called ‘ Zereshk  ‘ in Persian language. Zereshk is dried fruit of Barberries.

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Iran is the largest producer of zereshk in the world. Most of the zereshk gardens are located in NE of Iran in Khorasan province.

This red colour fruit is used a lot in Iranian cooking. As adding to the rice ( pilaf/polow), or dish with chicken or adding to Persian frittata ( Kookoo). Also for making zereshk jam and zereshk juice that is very refreshing and delicious with good source of vitamin C.

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Ingredients

  • 150 g spinach leaves
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp barberry zereshk ( substitute for zereshk might be currant)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Add spinach leaves with 3 tbsp water to a pot . Cook it for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and squeeze to get ride of extra water.

Pour cooked spinach, onion, spices, oil and eggs in a food processor or a blender. Mix well for 2 minutes or until you have a smooth mixture. Add Chopped walnuts and barberry to the mixture. Combine it.

 

Cover the baking tray with parchment paper. Pour the spinach mixture in it and with a spoon or a spatula spread the liquid mixture equally in the tray. Cook it in the oven for 15 minutes. We nearly done it.

While spinach get to be ready, add grated garlic and pinch of salt to the Greek yogurt and mix together, set aside.

Once spinach cooked remove from the oven. Allow to cool down. Now, flip over spinach and remove the paper. With a knife cut the spinach into long strips ( as you see in the photos).

Spread garlic-yogurt on each strip and roll it gently. Once all strips rolled out, refrigerate them for an hour and then serve it.

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Fried diced potatoes with turmeric

You know turmeric is a herb with lots of benefits. You can use turmeric in different ways, you can eat or drink it as a lovely tea . It’s not only a kind of spice but also is a medicine with lots of goods. Turmeric is called ‘Zardchobeh ’ in Persian and is one of key ingredients in In Iranian cuisine. We add turmeric to stews, rice, pickles, omelettes, frittata, soup, aash and halva.

 

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Turmeric with it’s earthy aroma , beautiful yellow colour used as colouring, flavouring recipes and for dyeing too. It could be used instead of saffron.

What made me talk about turmeric is this humble and easy recipe. My mother used to add turmeric to fried potatoes and make tasty snack for us and I just remembered it and wanted to share this recipe . One of easiest and super duper recipe for weekend morning.

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Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive or other vegetable oil

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Method

cut potatoes into chunks. Heat the oil in a pan and fry potatoes. Sprinkle turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Gently stir until golden.

 

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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 Egypt. It’s basically made with eggplant, tahini which is sesame seed paste, and spices.

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Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lemon/lime juice
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

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Method

Thinly cut the eggplant. grill them on the stove or in the oven until begins to get soft. Then, transfer grilled eggplant to a chopping board, let cool. Chop it. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and make it smooth purée.

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Transfer eggplant purée into a serving dish, drizzle the olive oil on the top and sprinkle with chopped parsley. It served either by its own with slices of pita bread or with meat dish.

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Spinach puree with Halloumi cheese

This dish is delicious and very easy to prepare.

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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

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Preparation
Wash spinach leaves. Place them into a pot. Add a little bit water and let it to cook for 5 minutes. Set it aside.
Cut tomatoes in half. Cut Halloumi cheese into small squares also chop red chili and take out it’s seeds( otherwise your meal would be very hoooot). Place cooked spinach, grated ginger and red chili in a blender or food processor. Puree spinach.
Pour some oil in the pot, and add all spices. Stir it and then add tomatoes and saute for 3 minutes.

 


Mix 3tbs cool water with the flour and along with spinach puree, cream and pieces of cheese all to the pot. If it is thick, you are allowed to add 2-3 tbs of water. Stir all ingredients. let it to cook for 10 minutes more over low heat.
Serve it with flat breads ( Tafun, Lavash or pita bread).
Enjoy

 

 

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Brushchetta

Brushchetta is one of tastiest starters or snacks 🙂

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Ingredients
2 finely diced tomatoes
1 grated clove of garlic
Slices of baguette bread
2 Tbsp extra olive oil
1 Tsp balsamic vinegar
Few fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

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Preparation
In a bowl with diced tomatoes add grated garlic, vinegar, oil , mix all ingredient together.
Toast slices of bread in the oven at 220 C for about 6-8 minutes and then top toasted

breads with mixture of tomatoes.

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