Tahchin shevid- baghali (Persian dill & broad beans rice cake

Traditionally this rice dish is called Tahchin or upside down rice also known as Persian baked rice cake. Tahchin is an Iranian divine rice dish with beautiful presentation. It’s made of layered meat and rice. It may not look like much from the outside but the combination of cooked meat, yogurt, egg and aromatic spices with rice create a crunchy outer crust and soft inside rice. We Iranians love our Tahchin.


There are different versions of Tahchin made with red meat, chicken, and vegetables. My today’s Tahchin is made with combination of dill or (ُُ Shevid  in Persian) and broad beans or (Baghali  in Persian) with chicken .



  • 3 cups Iranian rice ( due to it’s amazing aroma and taste)

  • 400 g chicken fillet, cooked and diced

  • 2 cups Broad beans or Fava beans, cooked

  • 1 cup dried dill

  • 500 g Greek yogurt

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp cardamom

  • 3 tbsp Persian saffron water

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Vegetable oil


How to make it

Yogurt is important ingredient in making Tahchin. We need a sort of thick yogurt, therefore, I have used a traditional way that my mother used to apply and make a thick creamy yogurt by Pouring regular yogurt into a double layer of cheesecloth or kitchen cloth. Tied up the cloth.. Hang it over a bowl and leave to drain overnight. ( as you will see in the following photos).. You would see the liquid left in the bowl. Resulting is a thick yogurt.  Wash the rice. Soak it in the salted water for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, fry the onion until slightly soft. Add diced chicken meat. Stir in salt- pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, dried rose petal, dried dill and Fava beans ( just keep 1 tbsp of Fava bean for later) for 2-3 minutes.

Now, In a bowl, mix yogurt with eggs, 2 tbsp of Persian saffron water, pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk it until combine well and set aside.

Pour water in a large pot and bring it to a boil. Drain salted water of rice and add the rice to the boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes.

Using a colander and drain the rice.Add half of the drained rice and half of the chicken mixture into the yogurt mixture bowl and gently blend together.

Pour some oil into a non stick pot or pan, spread 1 tbsp of plain fava bean on the bottom of the pot. Spread rice mixture into the pot ( as you see in the photos) and flatten with wooden spoon or spatula.

Then, layer second half of the chicken mixture around the edges of the surface. Finally, layer with second half of the white rice and cover the entire surface. Flatten the top with the back of a large spatula or spoon while pressing down( as you see in the photo). Pour 1 tbsp of saffron water over the rice.

Place the pot on medium heat for 5 minutes. Then lower the heat cover the pot with a lid and cook it for 45-60 minutes until the crust forms.

Once rice is done, let it cool for few minutes. Place a serving platter on top of the pot and gently turn the pot over, Voila you have a wonderful rice cake shape dish. Sooooooooo delish.




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.


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.


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.



  • 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


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.


Sheermal bread ( Naan sheermal)

Sheermal/shirmal bread naan  is a traditional mildly sweet flatbread in Iran. Sheer means milk in Persian language,and because the dough is kneaded with milk instead of water , it’s called sheermal, means a bread made with milk.


Sheermal bread is popular in Iran, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Semnan سمنان is located in South of foothills of Alborz Mountains. Semnan is one of historical and ancient cities of Iran, which was an important city throughout the era of the Persian Achaemenid Empire ( 550-330BC).



Anyway, if you travel to ancient city of Semnan and towns around Semnan, among the souvenirs of this city, such as pistachio, walnuts, local breads, silk made cloth, halva, candy sugar and fruit leather, Sheermal bread naan is very popular between tourists, that is baked in Seman city for over 100 years.

Sheermal bread naan is one of bread for month of Ramadan.



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 100 g melted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten as egg wash
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Sesame seeds (optional)



In a bowl, mix sugar, yeast, and milk warm together.


In other bowl mix flour with salt and then pour milk mixture, beaten egg, and melted butter in it. Combine together. Oil your hand and knead the dough with your hand for 6-7 minutes until is smooth and no longer sticky.

Cover the dough, and let to rest until double in size. You can leave the dough in a corner of your kitchen in room temperature , to rise but it will take long time dough double in size but if preheat the oven for few minutes, and then turn off the oven and by this way you can create a warm environment to speed the dough to proof and rising up.

Preheat  the oven to 160C.Line your baking tray with parchment paper and once dough is ready, place it on the parchment paper. Sprinkle some flour top of it and deflate the dough.

Cover the dough and let to rest for another 20 minutes. Then give favourite decoration or design to the bread.

Egg wash top of the dough and garnish with sesame seeds. Sprinkle pinch of cinnamon powder on the dough. Transfer the dough into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.



Golap sweets (Rose pitha )

I love to try foods and sweets from different countries. One of those beautiful desserts that I tried a famous dessert from Bangladesh that is called Golap pitha.



Golap means rose. Making these pretty colourful roses is lots of fun and they are very tasty. They look gorgeous with lovely sweet taste of spices such as cardamom or cinnamon.



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or butter
  • ّFood colouring


For syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Pinch of cardamom or cinnamon



Add milk, flour and ghee to a pan on low heat and mix well. Stir continuously and cook it for 2 minutes. Then remove from the pan and let it sit for 5 minutes. Next, Place it on a board and knead the dough for 2 minutes.

Divide the dough into 4 balls. If you wish to have multi coloured sweets roses, add pinch of food colouring to the dough and set aside.

Using a rolling pan, roll each ball into a thin flat dough. Use a glass and cut flattened dough and cut into small circles. Roll small piece of dough and make tiny drop shape dough.( see the photos).

For making a rose, you need 3 of theses small circles. Place 3 small circles on top of each other make a hollow with your finger in the centre of dough. from the centre of the dough make 3 cuts ( as you see in the photo).

Put the small drop in the centre and start to fold each petal round the drop. Keep doing until finish all petals.

Cut the green colour dough into leaf shapes. Add one cup sugar and cardamom with 1 ½ cups water to a pot and dissolve the sugar. Let it boil for 5 minutes until it become a little thick.

Heat the oil on a medium heat and fry rose shaped dough until it fried and cooked inside. Take out fried Golap pitha from the oil and soak in warm syrup for a minute and transfer it to a plate.





Carrot- prunes stew

One of classic stews from Iran is called carrot prunes stew that comes originally from Tabriz city an old and famous city in NW of Iran. Carrot is called Havij, and Prune is called Aloo in Farsi language.


This stew is a festival of colour, flavor and beauty. Combination of lamb meat, carrots, prunes with Persian saffron, turmeric, fresh lime juice, …. just create a sensational dish.



  • 2 large carrots, spiralized or grated
  • 1 lamb shank
  • Handful dried prunes
  • 2 medium onions, finely sliced
  • 1 lime or lemon juice
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2tbsp Persian saffron water
  • Vegetable oil



Wash carrots before peeling. Then spiralize them. Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry carrots until golden. Transfer carrots to a plate and add one of chopped onion to the same pan. Fry until golden brown.

In a pot with water, add lamb meat, and one of chopped onion. Leave to cook until tender.

Once meat is cooked, add fried onion, carrots, prunes,  turmeric, saffron water, season with salt and pepper, squeeze over the lime juice and add 1 cup boiling water.


Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice.




Azerbaijani rice pilaf with milk ( Sutti polow)

This is a traditional rice pilaf made in milk and serves with beautifully fried raisins and dates in butter, cinnamon and saffron. In some recipes you can serve rice either  with smoked fish, that is just yum or with raisins and dates.






2 cups rice

2 cups milk

1 ½ cups water

1 cup Dates

1 cup raisins

3tbsp butter

2tbsp vegetable oil

1tbsp Persian saffron water

1tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp turmeric



Rinse the rice. Pour all milk, water, rice and 2tbsp butter and vegetable oil into a pot. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Add turmeric and Saffron water. Give a stir. Allow the rice to cook.


Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small skillet, add raisins, cinnamon powder and saffron water. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened. Then remove from the heat and do same process with Dates.


Serving milky rice with fried raisins and dates. If you like add a pad of butter to rice and give extra richness.




Kataifi dessert

This is one of the most delicious desserts. It’s made with Kataifi dough that is filled with different ingredients such as pistachio, walnuts, mascarpone cheese or cream and soaked in honey-sugar syrup.It’s surprisingly easy to make. Just fill it, roll it up and bake it 🙂





400g kataifi philo

250g melted butter


Ingredients for filling

2 ½ cups chopped pistachio or walnuts

2tbsp sugar

¼ tsp cardamom

¼ tsp clove powder

½ tsp cinnamon powder


Ingredients for syrup

1 cup water

¾ cup sugar

1/3 cup honey-sugar

1tbsp lemon juice

1 ½ tbsp orange blossom or rose water




Preheat the oven to 180C degree.

Mix all ingredients for filling together and set aside.

For Syrup, bring to a boil the water, add all ingredients except orange blossom. Reduce the heat and let to simmer for 10 minutes. Then add orange blossom or rose water and cook for 2 minutes more.

Remove from the heat and set aside.

Defrost kataifi dough by leaving it in the room temperature.

Take some of philo and spread out. Place of filling on the philo and roll it up. Place it in the baking tray.

Or butter inside the cup cakes. T ake some of kataifi philo and place inside the cup cake mould. Fill it with nuts, and cover the nuts with some more philo ( as you see in the photos).

Pour melted butter on top of rolled kataifi and place the baking tray in the oven, bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and pour cold syrup over hot kataifi. Spread some nuts top of the kataifi.

Allow to set for an hour and serve it.



Blueberry muffins

Perfect blueberry muffins with crunchy tops.



200g plain flour

150g white sugar

½ tsp salt

1 egg

2 tsp baking powder

75ml. Oil

75ml. Milk

300g blueberry


Ingredients for topping

100g white sugar

50g plain flour

50g unsalted butter

½ tsp cinnamon powder


How to make it

Preheat oven to the 200C.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix oil with egg and milk. Add it to the flour mixture and mix until combine well. Spread some flour top of the blueberries and add them to the cake mixture.

Do not be worried if some of blueberries smashed, because they will give more beautiful colour to the muffins. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.

In a small bowl, mix together sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake for 15-20 mins at 200C.




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Candied citrus peel

These gorgeous candied citrus peel are elegant and cute with lot’s of lovely taste. Suitable with tea or coffee along with toasted bread and butter. They taste and smell amazing. Yet good for decoration your cake or cookies .you can store it for about 2 moths in a container.


For making candied citrus peel, You might use combination of orange, grapefruit, tangerine or lemon peels or just use one of those citrus fruit. It is very easy to make candied citrus peels at home. This is a easy-following recipe to prepare it and just need few ingredients and when you have it, you would know what I am talking about.



2 oranges,

2 limes

1 grapefruit

350g sugar

350ml water

Cardamom, cinnamon, Star anise




Wash citrus well. cut off tops and bottoms of them. Remove skin( and white part of skin) . Cut peels into narrow stripes. Let the fruit peel stand overnight in the cold water. Next day drain the citrus peel, and rinse it in cold water.


Boil the peels in water in a pot for 5 minutes. Drain the peels in a colander, rinse . Repeat the process for 2 times more. Until bitterness of citrus skin remove.

In a pot with cold water, add sugar and spices. Bring it to a boil. Add citrus peel and over medium to low heat Simmer for about 45 minutes and stirring occasionally. Allow to cook until the peel in tender and the syrup thickness.

Using a colander and drain the syrup from the citrus peel. Toss the cooked citrus peel with sugar to coat.

Let stand until the sugar coating is dry ( 1 day).




پوست مرکبات شکری

من قبلن در یکی از پستهام طرز تهیه ی پوست پرتقالخرما و کشمش رو به اشتراک گذاشته بودم که با شکلات و شکر درست کرده بودم. ولی امروز فقط از پوست مرکبات استفاده کردم که نتیجه ی کار فوق‌العاده قشنگ با طعم عالی و بافت شکری وترد شده.

پوست مرکبات شکری رو میشه با نان و کره میل کرد و یا برای تزیین کیک و بیسکویت یابرای روی بستنی بکار برد.

با توجه به سلیقه ی خودتون می تونید فقط از پوست پرتقال استفاده کنید و یا ترکیبی از پوست پرتقالنارنگیلیمو ترش و گریپ فروت استفاده کنید.

شاید بنظر بعضی‌ها سخت باشه که پوست مرکبات شکری رو تهیه کرد ولی خیلی خیلی آسون هست و فقط با چند مواد اولیه تهیه میشه. فقط باید مرحله به مرحله دستور رو دنبال کرد و وقتی که تهیه شد می‌بینید که چه کردید. کلی کیف می کنید.

مواد لازم

دو عدد پرتقال

دو عدد لیمو ترش

یک عدد گریپ فروت

سیصدوپنجاه گرم شکر سفید

سیصدوپنجاه گرم آب

کمی هل – دارچین ستاره انیس

طرز تهیه

مرکبات را شسته و پوست بگیرید . قسمت سفید مرکبات را هم جدا کنید . پوستها را به صورت طولی باریک و خلالی یا باریک و پهن خرد کنید ( من چند تا ستاره شکل هم درست کردم).پوستهای خرد شده را برای هفت هشت ساعت داخل آب سرد قرار دهید. سپس آب را دور ریخنه و مجددن آب سرد روی پوستها بگیرید.

مقداری آب را در قابلمه ریخته و پوستها را برای 5 دقیقه بجوشانید. پوستها را داخل آبکش ریخته و آب سرد شیر را روی آن باز کنید. دوباره پوستهارا با کمی آب برای 5 دقیقه ی دیگر بجوشانید و باز در آبکش ریخته و آب سرد شیر را روی آن بگیرید. ( برای سه بار و هربار 5 دقیقه این کار را تکرار کنید تا تلخی پوستها برود.)

داخل قابلمه 350 میلی لیتر آب را با شکر و ادویه ها مخلوط کنید. وقتی آبجوش آمد پوست مرکبات را داخل شربت ریخته و بگذارید و با حرارت متوسط رو به پایین برای 45 دقیقه پوستها بپزند. تا زمانی که پوست مرکبات پخته و نرم شده و شربت غلیظ شود . گاهگاهی مواد داخل قابلمه را هم بزنید.

بعد از مدت ذکر شده پوست مرکبات را داخل یک آبکش ریخته تا شربت جدا شود. شربت آماده شده رو هم می تونید برای روی کیک یا تهیه ی شربت بکار بگیرید. پوست مرکبات را داخل یک سینی با مقداری شکر ریخته و به آرامی هم می‌زنیم تا شکر همه جای پوستها را بپوشاند.

پوست میوه‌ها را برای یک روز در دمای اتاق قرار دهید تا به آرامی خشک شوند و سپس در قوطی در دار بسته بندی کرده و برای حدود دوماه می‌توانید این پوست میوه‌های خوشرنگ و زیباو خوشمزه را داشته باشید یا به عنوان هدیه در بسته بندی قشنگ هدیه کنید.


Aubergine jam مربای بادمجان

One of the tastiest jams in the world. This jam is popular in Iran and Middle East countries. My mother used to make this beautiful jam and maybe you say aubergine jam??!!!!! BUT you have to try and then tell me your idea.

It’s just awesome jam; with simple ingredients you can have such a gorgeous aubergine jam with cinnamon taste. It is pretty easy to make.

500g eggplant
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2tbsp fresh lemon juice
1tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp cardamom powder



Peel eggplants off. Dice them into small cubes or lengthwise.
Place them in a pot and cover with water. Let it boil for 10 minutes, it will cause all bitterness of eggplants comes out. After ten minutes, drain the water.

Dissolve the sugar in 2 cups of water. Add lemon juice. Boil it for 10 minutes.
Add eggplants and spices to the syrup and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.
It’s ready. You have to taste this jam, it is very yummy.

مربای بادمجان
یکی از خوشمزه ترین مرباها با طعمی متفاوت هست که در ایران و کشورهای خاورمیانه طرفدار داره. این مربای ترد- زیبا-شیشه ای و بسیار خوشمزه با طعم دارچین و هل رو تا نچشید باورتون نمیشه چقدر عالیه. با مواد خیلی کم و بسیار سریع و آسان تهیه میشه.

مواد لازم

پانصد گرم بادمجان

دو پیمانه شکر

دو پیمانه آب

دو ق غ آب لیمو ترش

یک ق چ پودر دارچین

نصف ق چ پودر هل


طرز تهیه
پوست بادمجان ها رو گرفته و به صورت مربع های کوچک یا طولی خرد کنید.
بادمجانها را داخل قابلمه ریخته و آب به میزانی که تا روی بادمجانها را بپوشاند بریزید. بگذارید برای 10 دقیقه بجوشد تا تلخی احتمالی در بادمجانها خارج شود. بادمجانها را داخل آبکش ریخته و آب جوش را دور بریزید..
شکر را در دو پیمانه آب حل کنید. آب لیمو- ادویه ها و بادمجان ها را به آن اضافه کنید و بگذارید برای30 دقیقه با حرارت ملایم بپزد.
نوش جان