Marinated Olives زیتون پرورده

In Northern cities of Iran, having pickled garlic with 7-10 years old and marinated olives in their daily meals is a MUST.

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If you are an olive lover, so perhaps my following post can caught your attention.  I love this salad or pickle which is called ‘ Zytoon Parvardeh’ or marinated olives with walnuts, pomegranate molasses, garlic and spices such as ground angelica. A lovely combination of these ingredients create beautifully a delicious dish with a unique flavour.

Olive is called ‘ Zeytoon’ in Persian and Arabic languages. There are recipes for marinated olives and this is Persian style marinated olives.

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All my favourite things I mean, garlic, pomegranate, olive are in one package 🙂

marinated olives or zeytoon parvarddeh, is a tasty Persian dip/ salad or pickle from Gilan Province near Caspian Sea in North of Iran.

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Like other recipes, there are different versions of this salad/pickle. In some recipes use whole olives in other recipe use minced olives. I personally prefer to use not minced olives.

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Ingredients

  • 500g olives, remove stones
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, grated (You can add more garlic if you wish)
  • 1 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tsp ground angelica (Golpar)
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil

How to make it?????

If pitted olives are very salted, it is better to rinse them under cool water. Then in a large bowl add pitted olives (as whole olives or roughly chopped), chopped walnuts, grated garlic, olive oil, pomegranate molasses and ground angelica ( give beautiful taste and fragrance to the salad).

Stir well and ready to serve main course like rice , or fish dishes and bread.

You may store zeytoon parvardeh in a jar with tight lid and keep in the fridge for several months.

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زیتون پرورده

در شهرهای شمالی ایران مثل گیلان و رودبار همراه بودن غذا با سیر ترشی چندین ساله و زیتون پرورده

یک باید هست .

اگر شما طرفدار زیتون هستید زیتون پرورده جزو ترشی هایی هست که حتمن شما از اون لذت خواهید برد.

زیتون پرورده از ترکیب زیتون با گردو – رب انار و ادویه ی گلپر تهیه میشه. طرز تهیه زیتون پرورده متنوع هست در بعضی از دستورها از نعنا خشک یا سبزی محلی استفاده میشه. در یک دستور زیتون هارو چرخ میکنن در دستور بعدی زیتون رو خرد میکنن. ولی من شخصن زیتون خرد شده بیشتر

رو بیشتر ترجیح میدم.

مواد لازم

پانصد گرم زیتون بدون هسته

یک پیمانه گردوی خرد شده

سه چهار حبه سیر رنده شده : اگر دوست داشتید سیر بیشتر هم می تونید بزنید

یک پیمانه رب انار

یکی ق چ پودر گلپر

دو ق غ روغن زیتون

طرز تهیه

 داخل یک‌کاسه زیتون هارا یا به صورت درسته یا خرد شده همراه با گردوهای خرد شده – سیر رنده شدهروغن زیتون – رب انار و پودر گلپر ریخته و با هم خوب مخلوط کنید تا همه ی مواد با هم ترکیب شوند.

زیتون پرورده از همان لحظه تهیه قابل مصرف هست ولی بهتر است چند ساعت در یخچال نگه داری شده تا تمام عِطر و طعم را بهخود بگیرد.

در ضمن بهتر است ترشی را داخل یک بطری دردار و در یخچال نگه داری گنید.


Marinated olives

Ingredients

  • 500g olives, remove stones
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, grated (You can add more garlic if you wish)
  • 1 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tsp ground angelica (Golpar)
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil

How to make it?????

If pitted olives are very salted, it is better to rinse them under cool water. Then in a large bowl add pitted olives (as whole olives or roughly chopped), chopped walnuts, grated garlic, olive oil, pomegranate molasses and ground angelica ( give beautiful taste and fragrance to the salad). Stir well and ready to serve main course like rice , or fish dishes and bread.

You may store zeytoon parvardeh in a jar with tight lid and keep in the fridge for several months.

Bulgur Kofte

Bulgur kofte or bulgur  balls are suitable dish for vegetarians. These lovely bulgur balls or kofte are gorgeous and yummy. This is one of quick and hearty dishes you can try.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups bulgur
  • 2 cups boiled water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbps tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Ingredients for saucepan

  • 2 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • Handful fresh or dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

How to make it??

In a bowl with bulgur, add 2 cups of boiled water, mix together and cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, add egg, flour, tomato paste, cumin powder, paprika, and season with salt and pepper.

Mix together and then add 1/3 cup water to the bulgur mixture and combine all ingredients together very well. As you squeeze more, the texture of kofte would be better.

Grease your hands with oil and start to make small balls or kofte.

Now, we prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add grated garlic, fry couple of minutes. Then add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses to the garlic, sauté for a minute. Sauce is ready.

At this point, add some water and 1tsp salt to a pot and bring it to a boil, then add all kofte into the boiled water.You would see all kofte will sit at the bottom of the pot and once they are cooked and ready, will come to the surface of the boiled water.

At this point collect all of cooked kofte and add them into the sauce pan. Gently mix all together . Serve it in a plate topped with chopped parsley.

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Bulgur Kofte

Ingredients

2 cups bulgur

2 cups boiled water

1 cup all purpose flour

1 egg

1 tbps tomato paste

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

Ingredients for saucepan

2 clove garlic, grated

1 ½ tsp cumin powder

1 tsp paprika

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp pomegranate molasses

Handful fresh or dried parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??

In a bowl with bulgur, add 2 cups of boiled water, mix together and cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add egg, flour, tomato paste, cumin powder, paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Mix together and then add 1/3 cup water to the bulgur mixture and combine all ingredients together very well. As you squeeze more, the texture of kofte would be better.

Grease your hands with oil and start to make small balls or kofte.

Now, we prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add grated garlic, fry couple of minutes. Then add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses to the garlic, sauté for a minute. Sauce is ready.  At this point, add some water and 1tsp salt to a pot and bring it to a boil, then add all kofte into the boiled water.You would see all kofte will sit at the bottom of the pot and once they are cooked and ready, will come to the surface of the boiled water. At this point collect all of cooked kofte and add them into the sauce pan. Gently mix all together . Serve it in a plate topped with chopped parsley.

Shirazi Rice Pilaf

Shiraz is an ancient city in SW of Iran. Shiraz is known as the city of literature, flowers, wine, gardens, nightingales and poets.

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This beautiful city is a one of the important tourism centres in Iran. With a short driving distance from Shiraz there are ruins of some of most spectacular ancient sites such as: ancient city of Persepolis, Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae, ancient necropolis of Naqsh-e Rustam with rock cut tombs of Persian kings, Naghsh-e Rajab with rock cut reliefs,….

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My today recipe is called Qanbara polow, one of traditional classic rice dish from Shiraz that is served in especial occasions, parties and as Iftar in month of Ramadan.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice
  • 350 g minced meat
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 100 g chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp gram flour
  • 50 g raisins
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 ½ tsp grape molasses
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

In a bowl with minced meat, add gram flour, turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Mix all together well. Then, give small ball shape to the meat. Heat the oil in a pan and fry them.

Heat the oil in another pan and sauté chopped onion until soft, then add raisins and chopped walnuts. Fry for 2 minutes and set aside.

In a bowl with pomegranates molasses, add grape molasses and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix together.

Semi cook the rice. Add meat balls and fried onion mixture with walnuts and raisins. Pour molasses mixture top of rice and allow to cook perfectly.

Once rice is done, gently stir the rice and serve it.

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Persian Pomegranate Stew with Chicken and Walnut ( Khoresht-e Fesenjan)

This sensational dish, is one of the  traditional Persian stew or khoresh. Fesenjaan was a ceremonial dish in ancient Iran in the era of the Sassanian empire (224-651 AD) as  new year meal.
It is basically made with duck, chicken, turkey,beef or lamb meat. Sometimes made with meatballs as well. In some areas, It has sweet taste and in other areas has sweet-sour taste. Fesenjan is a luxurious, and expensive dish and is served with rice ( polo/pilaf).Fesenjan usually comes to Persian table in especial events/occasions and in cold weather that is actually pomegranate season.

Fesenjan or Fesenjoon is a dish with walnut and pomegranate molasses. You can purchase  pomegranate molasses from your local shops or Middle East markets. This molasses is great as a salad topping as well.Fesenjan originally came from North of Iran (Gilan province) near Caspian Sea but is one of favourits in all over the Iran.

Due to the cooking method, it may have sweet or sour taste. For instance in Gilan and Northern part of Iran, Fesenjan made with duck/chicken or turkey and has sour taste but in other cities it has sweet taste rather than sour and made with diced lamb/beef or tiny meat balls.
Due to warming nature of this dish, it is popular in the Fall/Winter seasons.

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Ingredients
2 large chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
3 medium onions, peeled and chopped finely
200 g ground walnut
2 cups of pomegranate molasses
3 tbs sugar ( this amount is adjustable: base on your prefer can be more or less)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
pinch of chilli pepper
1 tbs saffron water
Olive oil

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Preparation
In a dry pan, over a low heat roast ground walnut and stir it frequently and don’t leave it , because if it burns, taste will change. roast it for about 8-10 minutes until it is golden. Then, dissolve 2 chicken stock cubes in 3 cups of water, pour it over the walnuts. Cover the pot with a lid and let it to cook on low heat for 5 minutes more.
Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, once hot, add chopped onions. Stirring occasionally. Saute it until soft. Add chicken pieces to onions with some turmeric, that will take away meat smell. Once chicken meat is soft, add walnut sauce, pomegranate molasses, pinch of chilli powder and sugar. Stir it. Allow to cook over a low heat until desired thickness is reached. This dish has sour/sweet taste but yet it’s adjustable and if you prefer more sweet or sour taste, you can adjust seasons. Serve Fesenjan with polow and garnish it with pretty pomegranate seeds.

 

PS: If you like this recipe, like it and leave a comment and let me know what do you think about it. Thank youuu 🙂

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Fesenjan

Ingredients
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
3 medium onions, peeled and chopped finely
200 g ground walnut
2 cups of pomegranate molasses
3 tbs sugar ( this amount is adjustable: base on your prefer can be more or less)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbs saffron water
Olive oil
Preparation
In a dry pan, over a low heat roast ground walnut and stir it frequently and don’t leave it , because if it burns, taste will change. roast it for about 8-10 minutes until it is golden. Then, add 2 cups of water or 2 chicken stock cubes. Cover the pot with lid and let it to cook on low heat for 5 minutes more.
Heat a pan over medium heat, once hot, add chopped onions. Stirring occasionally. Cook it until soft. Add chicken pieces to onions with some turmeric, that will take away meat smell. Once chicken meat is soft, add walnut sauce, pomegranate molasses, spices and sugar. Stir it. Allow to cook over a low heat for about 30 minutes or until desired thickness is reached. This dish has sour/sweet taste but yet if you prefer more sweet or sour taste, you can adjust seasons. Serve Fesenjan with polow and garnish it with pretty pomegranate seeds.

Cucumber Stew

I am sure many of you have not heard or tried cucumber stew. This recipe is a local dish from Gilan province, in North of Iran. Gilan lies along the Caspian sea. Actually this recipe is going to be forgotten and you should be lucky if you have it in Gilan.

It’s a meatless meal, suitable for vegetarians, that is made with aromatic herbs, pomegranate molasses, and walnuts.

Ingredients

1 Cucumber, cut into cubes

200g walnuts

1 onion, chopped

200 g fresh herbs includes: coriander, parsley, mint

3 tbsp pomegranate molasses

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp turmeric

salt and pepper to taste

Olive  oil

How to make it

Heat the oil in a pan. Sauté chopped onion until soft. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the walnuts. Add crushed walnuts and garlic to sautéed onion. Allow to fry until walnuts for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Wash and finely chop herbs. Sauté herbs in a pan for 5 minutes. Season with salt-pepper and add turmeric. Gently mix together. Add chopped cucumber, pomegranate molasses, fried walnuts, onion and 1 ½ cup water to the pan. Allow to cook until reduce juice.

Serve this delicious stew with rice.