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.

 

Uch Baji Dolmasi ( Stuffed Eggplant, Tomato and Pepper Dolma)

Dolma is an Azeri word and in cooking culture means stuffed or filled. There are many forms of dolma including: stuffed grape leaves, stuffed eggplant( aubergine), zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, onion, potato, cabbage leaves.

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The following recipe is an Azerbaijani recipe for dolma which is popular in Baku and Nakhchivan. This dolma is called Uch baji. Uch means three and baji means sister in Azerbaijani language and is mixture dolma made with eggplant, bell pepper and tomato which is called ‘ Badimjan, beber ve pomidor dolmasi in Azeri.

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Dolma is simmered in it’s own meat juice and oil and serves with garlic-yogurt sauce. In some recipes use yellow split peas and rice, but it’s just a matter of taste and is optional.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant ( aubergine)
  • 1 large firm tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper
  • 300g ground beef or lamb
  • 4 tbsp yellow split peas, cooked
  • 1 bunch of coriander, washed and finely chopped
  • ½ bunch dill, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • slat and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or butter

Instructions

Cut a long slit down the middle of the eggplant, be careful, not to cut too deep. Soak the eggplant in a bowl full of cold water with 1 tbsp salt for 20 minutes to remove bitterness. Then drain and dry it. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the eggplant until all sides brown and soft enough to open the slit ( about 10 minutes).

Cut top off the bell pepper and remove the seeds. Cut top off the tomato and scoop out the tomato flesh and save it for stuffing.

In a bowl, add ground meat with grated onion. Season with salt and pepper, add turmeric. Mix together.

Heat the oil over medium heat and add meat mixture. Fry until brown. Add tomato paste and cook for 2 more minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat and add chopped herbs, cooked split peas and tomato flesh and mix well.

Fill the vegetables with stuffing mixture. Place them in a deep pan or saucepan. Pour remaining of stuffing around your vegetables, add some oil and water. Cover the tomato and pepper with their lids. Cover the pot and simmer the dolma until all are cooked and tender but not be mushy. Serve dolma as they are or with yogurt-garlic sauce.

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Fried Sausage flowers with eggs

These lovely flowers made with fried sausages and eggs. Very easy and cute.

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Ingredients

  • Sausages or hot dog
  • eggs
  • Fresh mint or dill leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter or Oil

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Preparation

Cut the sausage in half lengthwise. Slice halfway through sausages. Form the sausage into a circle and secure the ends with cocktail sticks. Put the sausage in the frying pan. Add the egg to the centre of the sausage, season with salt and pepper and fry it.

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Coloured potato balls

I cooked these lovely potato balls with sweet potato and white potato. Easy to make and tasty.

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Ingredients

1 large sweet potato

1 large white potato

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 tsp dried mint

1tsp beetroot powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

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Method

Cook the potatoes until tender.

Heat the oil in a pan, and fry the chopped onion until golden brown. Set aside.

In a bowl with beetroot powder add half of white potato and mash it. Then add salt, pepper, some of fried onion and mix well.

In other bowl, with dried mint, add other half of white potato. Mash it. Then add some of fried onion and seasoning with salt and pepper. Mix well.

In third bowl mash the sweet potato. Add some fried onion, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Give small ball shape to the mashed potatoes and serve it warm or cold.

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Home made rock candy

In Iran we serve tea with sugars cubes (Qand ) as we say in Farsi , or with rock candy ( Nabaat). They are in different colours , flavor and size.

So I decided to make them at home. However I thought it would be difficult or impossible but on the contrary, it was lots of fun and result as you see is gorgeous. I adore my rock candies, they are so cute , colourful and just beautiful. Just you need to be patient

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Ingredients

1 cup water

3 cups sugar

wooden sticks or string

clothespins

jars

food colouring

food flavouring

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Method

Add a cup of water to a big pot. Start to add a cup of sugar, stir it until dissolve. Then add other cup of sugar and keep stirring until dissolve. Finally add last cup of sugar and stir it until dissolve. Now, turn on the heat and bring to boil the sugar syrup. Then remove it from the heat and let it to cool down.

Now we prepare wooden sticks or string. These sticks and strings are where the sugar will crystallised on. Dipping sticks or string into the syrup and roll it into the sugar. Let them dry entirely.

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Add food colouring to the jars ( and if you want you can add some food flavouring too) I added rose water to one of jars and mint flavour to the other one.

Now, pour sugar syrup into the jars, and give them stir. Now slowly insert wooden stick into the jar. Do not let wooden stick touch the bottom or sides of the jar. For better result is better to use two clothespians to keep sticks in the place.

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Let they sit for about 7 to 14 days because they need time for growing new crystals and do not move them. (The length of time for crystallise is vary, and might be in 3 days or in 14 days so keep monitoring crystals until you are satisfied with the shape and size of rock candy.).After growing crystals take them off but if surface of jars are hard break them with a knife.

Let them dry and voila you have gorgeous rock candies. Sometimes all rock candies do not grow up in same size, some grow more than others.

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Stuffed Meat Balls With Quail Eggs

Meatballs are always popular and favourite dish. Today i made stuffed meat balls with quail eggs and Tahini sauce.
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Ingredients for meat balls

250g ground beef

2 large potatoes

1 egg

2 tomatoes

quial eggs

1 clove of garlic

2 tbs dried parsley

1 tsp dried mint

1 tsp cumin

Bread crumbs

Salt – sweet chili

Butter

 

Ingredients for sauce

2 tbsp Tahini sauce

1 lemon juice

Half of garlic

1 tbs of olive oil

1 tbs of water

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Preparation

Preheat the oven on 200 C. Cook quail eggs, peeled and set them aside. Place ground meat in a bowl. Add grated garlic, all spices and dried herbs. Crack the egg and add it to the meat. Mix all ingredients together.

 

Take a portion of mixture in your hand palm, flat it and put one of quail eggs in the center of the meat and give shape to the meat. Roll them in the bread crumbs and coat them. Set all meat balls in the baking tray.Place tray into the oven and let it to cook for 30 minutes.

 

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Meanwhile, cook boil potatoes. Peel them off and cut into small pieces. Melt the butter in a pan and Fry tomatoes. Keep potatoes and tomatoes warm for serving time.

Place tahini sauce in a bowl. Grate garlic and add it to the sauce. Add water, oil and pinch of salt as well. Combine all ingredients together and set it aside.

Place meatballs with potatoes and tomatoes in a plate and pour melted butter top of the meatballs, potatoes and tomatoes and serve with Tahini sauce.

Enjoy ( Nosh-e jan)

 

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Azerbaijani Noodle Soup

This noodle soup is popular in NW of Iran. It has a sour/sweet taste due to vinegar and prunes in it.. This is a noodle soup with cereals, meat balls, fried onions and dried mint sauce.

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Ingredients

200g Persian noodles ( if it is not available you can use egg noodles instead of Persian noodles)
1 large onion or 2 small ones
200g ground beef
2 cups of cooked lentils, chickpeas and pinto beans
1 cup prunes
2 Tbsp plain flour
½ cup apple cider or grape vinegar
Salt- black pepper to taste
1Tbsp dried mint
1 Tsp turmeric
Oil

Preparation

In a big pot with 8cups of water, add flour and bring it to a boil. Mix ground meat with one of grated onions. Combine together. Give small balls shape to the meat and fry them until they are brown.
Finely chop second onion and fry until golden. Keep some for the garnishing and use remaining for mixing with the soup.


Once water started to boil, add cooked cereals, all spices, prunes, oil, vinegar, fried onion, noodles, and meat balls. Cook it on low heat until soup is thick.
For the garnishing the soup, fry dried mint and garnish with fried mint and fried onion.

 

 

 

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Azari Abgoosht-e Morgh

Abgoosht is one of most traditional-popular Iranian foods. Abgoosht or Dizi ia one pot comfort meal. It’s not party dish. It is just cozy, easy and simple with satisfying taste food for a cold night in the winter.

Abgoosht means ‘ meat broth’. It might be prepared with lamb or beef and sometimes with chicken that I’m going to share my chicken abgoosht today.

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This version of abgoosht with morgh (chicken) is a recipe from my beloved mother. I hope you try it.

Abgoosht traditionally served in two courses. As you will follow the photos will see once dish is ready, first the broth tossed with flat naan bread that is called ‘ Telit’ and then second course would be solid ingredients.

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Ingredients

5 chicken slices( breast, thigh)

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 dried lemon ( limo amani)

½ cup yellow split peas

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp dried mint

2 large potatoes, cut into half

Sea salt and chilli flakes

Butter, Ghee or Olive oil

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Method

Sauté onion in oil (butter, ghee or olive oil). Add yellow split peas and fry for 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Sauté chicken slices in same oil. Add dried mint, turmeric and season with salt and chilli flakes.

 

Remove all above mentioned ingredients to a pot. Add 4 cups of water, dried lemon and potatoes . Allow to cook on medium to low heat.

Traditionally this food served with fresh herbs such as chives, radish, mint, spring onions and raw onions or pickles.

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Omaj Soup

One of traditional soups from Tabriz, an ancient city in NW of Iran.
This soup is made with fresh vegetables and a kind of home made pasta that is combination of flour with water, salt and turmeric.

 

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Ingredients
1 cup brown lentils
½ cup chick peas
½ cup pinto beans
1 large onion, finely chopped
250 g fresh herbs: mint, dill and leek
7 tbsp flour
2 beef stock cubes
Salt- pepper to taste
1 ½ tsp turmeric
Plain yogurt for garnishing
Mint sauce
Olive oil or butter

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Preparation
In a bowl with 5 tbs flour, add salt and ½ tsp turmeric, mix together. Gradually add water until make a dough that does not stick to hand. Take small piece of dough ( as size as chickpeas) and give ball shape. Place all tiny balls in a tray and let to dry.


Heat the oil or butter in a pan and saute until is tender. .Set aside. Chop fresh herbs as well. Cook lentils, pinto beans and chickpeas earlier.

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Pour water in a pot, add 2 tbsp flour, it will  give good thickness to your soup. Mix it. Bring it to a boil, add turmeric, 2 beef stock cubes, fried onion, herbs,  per-cooked cereal, tiny dough balls, season with salt and pepper and 3 tbsp olive oil or butter. Stirring several times in order to prevent do not stick tiny dough balls.

 

In a pan with 1 tbsp oil, add dried mint and saute for few seconds, remove from the heat.
Once soup is ready garnishing with mint Sauce  or fried onions and spoonful of plain yogurt.

 

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Persian Pomegranate Aash/Soup (Aash-e Anaar)

Ash-e anaar or Annar ashi ( Pomegranate soup) is a tasty and hearty soup. Star of this dish is gorgeous pomegranate seeds and it’s juice. It’s a soup with meat balls, fresh herbs such as mint, coriander,… and aromatic spices like cinnamon and earthy turmeric. Pomegranate soup is just perfect dish for a cold day.

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Persian pomegranate soup

200 g ground meat ( beef or lamb)

1 onion, grated

2 cups sour pomegranate juice

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp turmeric

1 cup rice

1 small bunch of parsley, finely chopped

1 small bunch of coriander, finely chopped

1 small bunch of mint, finely chopped

1 small bunch of chives or spring onions (green parts), finely chopped

3 tbsp cooked yellow split peas (or Lapeh as we say in Farsi)

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp dried mint

Sea salt and chilli flakes to taste

Oil

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Method

In a large bowl with grated onion, add meat, cinnamon, salt and turmeric. Combine all together well with your hand. Roll meat mixture into small balls. Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry meatballs until brown and set aside.

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Pour 5 cups of cold water into a pot. Add pinch of salt and bring it to a boil. Stir in cooked yellow split peas, sugar and rice. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

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Then add chopped herbs and fried meat balls and pomegranate juice. Seasoning with salt and chilli flakes. Let it cook until rice is tender.

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Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan, add 1tbsp dried mint and stir for few second and remove from the heat.

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Garnish the soup with mint oil and serve it with bread and butter.

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