My Homemade Chicken Sausages

This is how I make my own homemade chicken sausage or what we say in Farsi : Sosis Morgh.  Chicken is called ‘ Morgh’ and sausage is ‘ Sosis’  in Farsi language.  It has fantastic flavour  and  made of minced chicken with aromatic spices and some vegetables and nut.

ّingredients

  • 500g chicken breast, skinless and boneless
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2tbsp oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, cooked and chopped
  • 2tbsp pistachio, deshell and roughly chopped
  • 4 mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 1tsp paprika powder
  • 1tsp mustard powder
  • 1tbs salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp onion powder
  • 1tsp ginger powder
  • 1tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1tsp oregano powder

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How to make it?????

cook carrot. Chop it and set aside. Roughly chop mushroom and pistachio too.

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Now, mince the chicken meat. Add spices, grated garlic, egg, oil and flour, mix it with hand until all ingredients are mixed well.

Next, add chopped carrot, mushroom and pistachio. Mix and knead the meat mixture well.

 

Place some of the meat mixture on the plastic bag. Roll it into the sausage shape. Tied the ends with string. Put it into the another plastic bag and and tied it. Wrap it into aluminium foil and twist the ends to seal it off.

Add water to a pot. Bring it to a boil. Place wrapped meat in the pot. Put a bowl top of the sausages to stop them from moving during the cooking. Allow to cook for an hour.

Once they are cooked, take them out of the pot and let them cool down and then place them in the fridge for 24 hours to set. Next day, unwrap and cut it into slices and and serve it.

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Homemade Chicken Sausages

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken breast, skinless and boneless
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2tbsp oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, cooked and chopped
  • 2tbsp pistachio, deshell and roughly chopped
  • 4 mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 1tsp paprika powder
  • 1tsp mustard powder
  • 1tbs salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp onion powder
  • 1tsp ginger powder
  • 1tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1tsp oregano powder

How to make it?????

cook carrot. Chop it and set aside. Roughly chop mushroom and pistachio too.

Now, mince the chicken meat. Add spices, grated garlic, egg, oil and flour, mix it with hand until all ingredients are mixed well.

Next, add chopped carrot, mushroom and pistachio. Mix and knead the meat mixture well.

Place some of the meat mixture on the plastic bag. Roll it into the sausage shape. Tied the ends with string. Put it into the another plastic bag and and tied it. Wrap it into aluminium foil and twist the ends to seal it off.

Add water to a pot. Bring it to a boil. Place wrapped meat in the pot. Put a bowl top of the sausages to stop them from moving during the cooking. Allow to cook for an hour.

Once they are cooked, take them out of the pot and let them cool down and then place them in the fridge for 24 hours to set. Next day, unwrap and cut it into slices and and serve it.

 

Chicken Omelette with Fried Onion

Omelette is a dish made from beaten eggs, duck, goose, quail , ostrich egg…fried in butter or oil. Sometimes omelette is plain and sometimes you can add other ingredients and give more flavour.

I love any dish made from eggs : Boiled, fried, scrambled and poached eggs all are not only fantastic and tasty also full of goodness.

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Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • One skinless, boneless  chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • One large onion, chopped
  • Salt, chilli powder to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Slices of Persian flat bread or tortilla bread

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Method
Peel and finely chop onion. Melt the butter or heat the oil in a pan and fry onion until get gold colour. Put it aside. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add a pinch of salt and chilli powder and beat well with a fork. Add shredded chicken and beaten eggs to the pan with fried onion and let it cook and serve it with flat bread.

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Sour Black eyed beans stew (turshi ghorma)

This is one of traditional Azerbaijani stew from Ardebil an ancient and beautiful city  in Iran on neighbouring Caspian sea. The key point in making this stew is using lots of fried onions that should be very finely sliced.

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Ardebil is known for it’s trade in honey and carpet. Twenty two sites in Iran are inscribed on the list of the Worlds Heritage sites. One of them is located in Ardebil.

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Ingredients

  • 300g chicken or red meat
  • 2 large onions, finely sliced
  • 1 cup black eyed beans
  • 10 dried prunes
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbps lemon or verjuice
  • 2 tbps Persian saffron water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

 

Method

Cook black eyed beans one day before. Heat the oil in a pan and fry onions until golden brown. Saute chicken meat, add turmeric, cinnamon, season with salt and pepper.

 

Then add cooked beans, prunes, fried onions, saffron water, lemon or verjuice and at the end, 2 cups of water to the chicken and leave to seamer until meat is cooked and tender.

Serve it with rice.

 

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Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a rich, hearty and spicy chicken soup that would make your cold winter evening very warm 🙂

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Ingredients

2 skinless and boneless chicken breast or thighs

1 sheet of egg noodles

1 small red bell pepper

Small piece of fresh ginger root, chopped lengthwise

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 bunch scallions, sliced green part and white part separately

1 cup coconut milk powder

1 tbsp light soy sauce

50g green peas

3 cups water

Salt and pepper to taste

Oil

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Method

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add diced chicken to the pan and fry for 5 minutes and stirring until golden. Add ginger, garlic, bell pepper and white part of spring onions to the chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes.

Stir in water, coconut milk powder, soy sauce, noodles in a pot and season with salt -pepper, bring it to a boil. Then add fried ingredients, green peas and green part of spring onions and cook for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

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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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Persian Upside Down Rice (Tahchin-e Morgh)

Upside down saffron rice is a scrumptious rice dish with a beautiful presentation. Tahchin means arranged in the bottom. This dish known as Persian baked rice cake as well.

Tahchin is one of the luxurious and ceremonial rice dishes. IF YOU TASTE TAHCHIN, IT WILL CAPTURE YOUR HEART 🙂

Tahchin includes egg yolks, marinated chicken, beef or lamb with yogurt, rice, Persian Saffron king of spices, dried rose petals…

There are different types of tahchin, for instant: Shirazi aubergin -chicken tahchin, Spinach-chicken tahchin, …..

My recipe is from my mother and she has learned from my grand mother. This recipe for my tahchin is different from the recipes that mix all rice with yogurt and saffron. As you will observe in my recipe only bottom layer is mixed with saffron and middle layer is covered with marinated chicken and final third layer would be plain white rice.

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Tahchin might be cooked either in the oven or in an pan. Result in top layer is sooooooooooooo yummy- crunchy part ( tahdig), Second layer is meat and third layer is fluffy rice.

For tahchin we need Greek yogurt. But I have made my own Greek yogurt with traditional method, as you would see in the following photos.

So let’s get started 🙂

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Tahchi-e morgh

Ingredients

400g Persian rice, rinsed and soaked in salted water (2tbsp salt) for 1 hour

6 pieces cooked chicken pieces, breast or thigh

6 egg yolk

2 ½ cups regular yogurt or Greek yogurt

1 tsp dried rose petals

2 tbsp Persian saffron water

4 tbsp curry powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Oil

 

 

Method

In a small plate mix rose petals, cinnamon and curry powder together, set aside. You can use Greek yogurt but I prefer to make my own thick yogurt by traditional method.

 

Pour 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. That’s all you have to do. You would see the liquid left in the bowl. Resulting is a thick yogurt.

 

 

Marinate the chicken pieces with thick yogurt. Then coat them with spices mixture. Put it in the fridge overnight.

 

 

In a bowl with egg yolks add saffron water, season with salt and pepper. Whisk well. set aside.

 

Bring water to a boil in a pot, drain salted water of rice and add rice and cook for 10 minutes. using a colander drain and pour some cold tap water over it. Now, add half of rice to the egg-saffron mixture and blend well.

 

 

Heat 5 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan. Ladle saffron rice into the pan and flatten with a spoon. Layer with marinated chicken meat and then cover it with rest of white rice . Place 3 tbsp butter or Ghee over the rice. Cover the pot with a lid.. Because at the bottom of pot is yogurt and egg, so it can easily burn, that’s why Cook the rice on medium to low heat.

 

Place a large platter over the pot and turn the pot over. Spoon fried barberries on and around the tahchin and serve it with salad and pickles.

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Persian Barberries Rice with Chicken زرشک پلو با مرغ

Zereshk is Persian name for dried fruit of barberries. Zeresk is widely cultivated in Iran. It is used in medicines, for preparing jam, tea, syrup, salad, juice and cooking rice or stew.

Zereshk polo is an Iranian classic and ceremonial dish, made with mixed rice with barberries ( zereshk) and chicken(morgh) in tomato/saffron sauce. This sauce gives wonderful colour to the morgh.

This dish is incredibly tasty, full of flavour and beautiful colour.

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Ingredients for polo (rice)

  • 4 cups rice
  • 1 cup zereshk (Barberries), washed
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ onion, very finely diced
  • 1-2 potatoes, finely sliced
  • 1 flat bread
  • 30 g butter
  • 1 Tbsp  Persian saffron water ( I know Saffron is expensive, so if you would like reduce amount of saffron, that is fine, however, saffron gives lots of flavour and lovely colour to the meal)

 

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Ingredients for morgh (chicken)

  • 6 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breast/thighs
  • 1 ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp Saffron water
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • Salt- cayenne pepper to taste
  • 50 g butter

Preparation
For preparing morgh, first we need to make tomato sauce: melt the butter in a skillet, add tomato paste and saute for 2 minutes, then add squeezed orange juice and saffron water to the tomato and for 1 minute more. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a pan, add diced onions, turmeric, salt and cayenne pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Then, add chicken pieces and let to fry over a medium heat for 10 minutes. Then pour 3 cups of water over the chicken, add tomato sauce and let to cook for 1 hour, stir 1-2 times occasionally.
For making rice: wash the rice then in a bowl dissolve 2 Tbsp salt in 4 cups of cold water and let soak rice for 30 minutes.
Bring the water to a boil, drain salty water of rice and let rice cook for 10 minutes. Then place the par cooked rice in a colander and rinse with tapped water.
Pour some oil in the pot and place thinly sliced potatoes or flat bread in the bottom of pot. Then pour par cooked rice top of the potatoes. Cover the pot and let the rice cook over medium to low heat.
Meanwhile, fry ½ diced onion in a skillet until golden brown. Set aside.
Melt butter In the same skillet, add washed barberries , saffron water and sugar. Saute over low heat for couple of minutes. Then add fried onion, mix together and set aside.
Once rice is ready, transfer it to a platter, garnish with saffron rice, and top with fried barberries and chicken. And from bottom of the rice you will take fried potatoes or bread (tah dig) which is speciality of Persian cuisine.
Enjoy this beautiful dish.

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