Persian Dried Rose Petals Jam (Morabay-e Gol-e Sorkh)

National flowers of Iran are: Rose- Tulip- Mediterranean Cypress and Louts. Among them, rose flowers are most popular and loving between Iranian and have such an especial place.
Rose water which is called ‘ Golab’ In Farsi ( Persian) language, is a flavour water made by steeping beautiful rose petals in water and during a long process, rose water produce.
In Iran, rose water and rose petals is used to flavour food, sweeties, and is also used in cosmetic industry (as a source of perfume or cream and lotions), and in medical issues.
Rose water has ceremonial functions as well.

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With rose petals can make wonderful jam or tea which is luxurious.
Using Rose water and drinking of delicious herbal rose petal tea has variety of physical health. It can help immune system boost, benefit for skin and hair, improve digestion, can help calm stress.
The flavour of roses is distinct and immediately recognizable, and it looks as wonderful as it tastes.
Rose petals jam is one of traditional jams between Azerbaijani people. This jam might be made with fresh rose petals or dried ones. In Azerbaijani language rose flower calls ‘ Gezil gul’ . Rose petals jam usually is made in mountains areas of Azerbaijan.
This recipe for making a delicious jam is with dried rose petals.

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Ingredients

  • 2.1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried rose petals
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2Tbsp lemon/lime juice
  • 2Tbsp chopped walnuts

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Preparation
In a dry pan, roast dried rose petals for 2 minutes, stir constantly until get crunch. Set aside. Place the water in a sauce pan. Bring the water to a boil. Pour 1 cup of boiled water over the roasted rose petals.

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Cover it with a lid and let to rest and become soft for 1 hour.

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Stir sugar in the remaining of boiled water and bring it to a boil again. In this step, add freshly squeezed lemon juice, simmer until syrup become thick and reduce to half.

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Then, add rose petals to the syrup and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.

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Turn the heat off. Place a kitchen towel over the lid of the pot and let steam on it’s own and cool off. The towel will catch the moisture.Add chopped walnuts to the cool rose jam. You can add pinch of cardamom as well (it’s optional).

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This tasty jam with silky texture and chopped walnuts in, has a unique flavour. Might be used for garnishing ice cream, cake, Persian rice flour pudding (Fereni) or spread on bread with butter or clotted cream and a cuppa tea. Soooooooo good.

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Traditional Herb Salad with Bread and Cheese (Sabzi Khordan)

In Persian food table you will always have vegetable or herbs salad in summer time and different types of pickles in winter season. These salads are made of fresh fruits or vegetables that usually housewives are buying straightly fresh from vegetable grocery.

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In my country when we buy herbs, it is always selling in big bunches of very fresh herbs ( Sabzi khordan) . Popular herbs or Sabzi khordan in our Persian table includes: chives , radish. scallion . mint , dill , basil . parsley , coriander tarragon  and watercress


You need to pick herbs from stalks and then put them in a big bowl of cold water and let soak for 10 minutes and then drain in a colander. You can keep them fresh for few days in the fridge by wrapping herbs in a cotton towel.

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You can serve these beautiful green and aromatic herbs in a basket or platter. You can have all these herbs or just get herbs you fancy, I am sure once you eat, you will not stop and eat more and more specially when you serve herbs with warm and fresh breads and feta cheese :).
These herbs are enough flavoured that no need to any dressing.

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Choban Salati (Shepherd’s Salad)

A delightful Turkish salad. Very simple, healthy and delicious with very beautiful dressing consists lemon juice, salt and olive oil.

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Ingredients

1 Cucumber
1 Tomato
1 Onion
1 Bell pepper
Small bunch of Parsley leaves
1 lime or lemon juice
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

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Preparation
Finely chop cucumber, tomato, onion, parsley and bell pepper. Add olive oil, lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and gently mix together.
Done

 

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Rice Salad

A quick – easy made salad with lovely taste of sesame oil.

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Ingredients
1 cup cooked rice
1 Tsp soy sauce
1 Tsp sesame oil
Half a cucumber
10 Radish
1 small yellow bell pepper
Small bunch parsley
Salt- red chilli powder to taste

Method
Finely chop cucumber, parsley, bell pepper and radish. In a bowl with chopped vegetables, add cooked rice, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Gently mix together.

Arugula Salad سالاد راکت

This salad is seriously tasty, refreshing, with nice mild sweet taste and what else . It would be a good choice for Yalda night ( longest night of the year)

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Ingredients

  • 100g rocket leaves
  • 3 walnuts, unshelled and chopped
  • 5 Persian dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 large pomegranate, deseeded
  • Slices of Parmesan cheese or Feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

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Method

Wash rocket leaves. Place the leaves in a colander to drain. Chop walnuts. Shave Parmesan cheese into thin slices or if you prefer Feta cheese cut it into small cubes.

Combine Olive oil and balsamic vinegar together. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss them well. Add your dressing. Salad is ready, enjoy it 💖

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Pickled Vegetables

Torshi/pickle is Mixed vegetables/fruits preserved in vinegar and salt. Torshi Literally means ‘sour’. Torshi is very popular in Iran, Republic Azerbaijan, Turkey and Arabic countries. Specially in Iran you can find wide variety of pickles.
Nowadays, usually house wives like old days during the Autumn go to grocery and buy all fresh herbs and vegetables , bring home, clean and wash. Then start to make their torshi ( pickle) and keep it for winter time. Because we use to have pickles with our dishes in Winter and salad in Summer time 🙂
Torshi is served with meaty dishes or rice.. Combination of fresh vegetables with aromatic spices would be good appetizing side dish with wonderful flavour.
The most important point in making torshi is to make sure all the ingredients have the best quality.

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Ingredients
Small cucumber
Bell peppers
Small size onions
Cherry tomatoes
Garlic
Cauliflower
White cabbage
Red chili
Beetroot (for giving beautiful red-pink colour)
Coriander
Parsley
Dill
Chili powder
Coriander powder

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Method
Water and salt proportion would be : each 1 cup of water needs ¾ Tbsp. salt.
In a large jar, arrange vegetables as you wish.
Once it is done, mix water, salt and spices as much as you need and pour over the vegetables to cover the jar completely. Then, tightly seal the jar with a lid. And let in a cool corner of the kitchen for 10 days.
After 10 days, pickled vegetables are ready.

 

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Salad Olivier ( Persian Potato Salad)

Salad Olivier is a kind of potato salad, so much popular in Iran. I do not think you can find someone dislikes this dish in Iran. It’s a dish for 4 seasons. It is great side dish. Salad Olivier is a traditional Russian salad but as I mentioned above is very popular in Iran.

 

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Ingredients
4 large potatoes, cooked
3 eggs, hard boiled
1 shredded chicken breast
1 cup cooked green peas
200 g pickled cucumbers

Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup Greek yogurt
3 tbsp lemon juice
Salt- pepper to taste
Sunflower oil

 

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Preparation
First is first: place all ingredients for dressing in a bowl and mix very well, set aside.
Shred the chicken meat. Mash the eggs and potatoes. Dice the pickled cucumber. Then in bowl, add shredded chicken, mashed eggs and potatoes, dices cucumber and green peas. Now mix ingredients with dressing sauce very well. Check seasoning.
Serve it with bread. Sooooooooo good. Do not forget to like and leave a comment, if you like my recipe, thank you 🙂

Salad Shirazi

Salad Shirazi is a traditional Iranian salad. An excellent – colourful, light and refreshing salad. Shirazi means from Shiraz, a beautiful city in SW of Iran. Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature, and flowers.
This ancient city is more than 4,000 years old. The name Shiraz is mentioned in cuneiform inscriptions from around 2000 B.C.. There are loads of beautiufl tourism attractions in Shiraz such as palcaes, citadels, old houses, beautiful gardens, old gran bazar, tombs of famouse poets such as Hafez and Saadi. With a short driving distance from Shiraz are the ruins of ancient palaces in the Persepolis which was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire about 550-330 B.C.. , UNESCO declared Persepolis as a World Heritage Site.

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There are also rock cut tombs of the Ahaemenid and Sassanid kings , a Zoroastrian fire temple, tomb of Cyrus the Great in the Pasargadae (it dates back to 559-29 B.C.). And yet more and more tourism attractions to visit and enjoy in Shiraz.
Ok lets get back to our salad Shirazi. This tasty salad has citrusy mild flavour and might be served as salad or side dish. It is served in most of Persian restaurants as a side dish.

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Ingredients
1 cucumber
3 tomatoes
1 medium onion
1-2 Tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

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Preparation
Small dice all those veggies. Mix salt- pepper with lemon juice and olive oil. Pour all over the salad. Gently blend. It is done and salad is ready .

 

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سالاد شیرازی
سالاد شیرازی یکی از سالادهای سنتی ایران می باشد. این سالاد خوش رنگ و مزه از شهر زیبای شیراز در جنوب غرب ایران می باشد. سالادی فوق العاده سبک – پر از رنگ و طعم و فرح بخش.

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استفاده از لیموی تازه عطر فوق العاده ای به این سالاد می دهد. می توانید از نعنای تازه با خشک نیز استفاده کنید. معمولن به عنوان مکمل در کنار غذادر رستوران های ایرانی سرو می شود.

مواد لازم

یک عدد خیار درشت

سه عدد گوجه فرنگی

یک عدد پیاز متوسط

یکی دو ق غ آبلیموی تازه یا غوره

یک ق غ روغن زیتون

نمک و فلفل به میزان لازم

 یکی دو ق غ آبلیموی تازه

طرز تهیه
خیار – گوجه و پیاز را خیلی ریز خرد کنید. نمک – فلفل- آب لیمو و روغن زیتون را با هم مخلوط و روی مواد خرد شده بریزید. به آرامی مواد را مخلوط کنید. سالاد شیرازی آماده هست.
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Pickled grapes ( Torshi angoor)

Angoor in Persian language means grape and Torshi means pickle. This is a delicious recipe for pickled grapes. It’s a tangy- sweet supplement to rice – meat dishes and would be great alongside bread and cheese. Or or like what I do, just put out some of them from the jar and eat them by the handful. Combination of vinegar with honey and Rosemary leaves is just sooo good.
Ingredients
250 g green/red grapes
½ cup honey
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
Rosemary leaves

Directions
Place vinegar, honey and water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
Place grapes in a jar. Pour vinegar-honey mixture over the grapes to cover them . Add Rosemary leaves as well.
Seal the jar with a tight lid. Place it in a cool corner of the kitchen for a week.
After a week, voalla, your divine pickled grapes are ready.

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Fattush salad

This refreshing salad made with fried pita or Lavash bread and freshly chopped herbs. In this salad ingredients cut or chop into large pieces. Using ground sumac and lemon juice and their combination with fried bread and chopped herbs create fresh, rich and tasty salad.

 
Ingredients
2 slices of pita bread, torn into pieces
100 g Feta cheese, crumbled
20 g fresh mint leaves, chopped
20 g fresh parsley leaves, stems remove and chopped
1 lemon juice
1 Tsp ground sumac ( or more if you like the taste)
1 cucumber, diced
3-4 lettuce leaves, diced
1 onion, sliced lengthwise
2 large tomatoes or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
1 clove garlic, grated
Salt and red pepper powder to taste
Olive oil

 

 

Instruction
Heat the oil in a pan and place pieces of pita bread and fry until golden. Combine cucumber, onion, crushed garlic, tomatoes, parsley, mint and lettuce in a large bowl. Add fried pita bread and crumbled feta cheese to the bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, whisk together ground sumac, salt, red pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. Dress the salad with prepared sauce and toss it. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Serve the salad in a plate and enjoy this pretty delicious salad.

 

سالاد فتوش
سالاد فتوش با نان برشته و سبزیجات تازه ای مثل نعنا- جعفری – کاهو- …لیمو و سماق . تهیه می شودو طعمی بسیار متفاوت از سالادهای روزمره دارد.نکته ی دیگر در مورد سالاد فتوش خرد کردن مواد لازم در اندازه ی نسبتن درشت می باشد.

مواد لازم

 دو تکه نان تافتون یا لواش خرد شده در اندازه ی متوسط

صد گرم پنیر تبریزی خرد شده

بیست گرم برگ نعنای تازه و خرد شده

بیست گرم جعفری تازه و خرد شده

یک عدد لیمو ترش

یک ق چ پودر سماق – در صورت تمایل می توانید بیشتر هم استفاده کنید

یک عدد خیارخرد شده

سه چهار برگ کاهوی خرد شده

یک عدد پیاز خلالی خرد شده

دو عددگوجه فرنگی  خرد شده

یک حبه سیر

نمک و فلفل قرمز به میزان لازم

روغن زیتون

طرز تهیه
نان خرد شده را در کمی روغن سرخ کنید تا طلایی رنگ شود.
درون کاسه مواد خرد شده شامل: خیار- پیاز- سیر – گوجه فرنگی- جعفری – نعنا و کاهو را با هم مخلوط نمایید. سپس نان سرخ شده و پنیر خرد شده را به مواد داخل کاسه اضافه کنید . در یک پیاله آب لیمو – روغن زیتون و نمک و فلفل را با هم مخلوط کرده و روی مواد داخل کاسه بریزید. سالاد را به آرامی هم بزنید. در صورت نیاز به نمک یا سماق بیشتر – اضافه کنید . سالاد را در ظرف مورد نظرتان سرو کرده و نوش جان کنید.