Tas kebab( Persian Meat & Vegetables Stew)

Tas kebab is a Persian beef/lamb and vegetables stew. Traditionally it’s made with lamb but you can make it with beef, or veal too. In some different versions you may add eggplants and  quince too.

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Tas kebab is a hearty and tasty stew with aromatic spices and fresh vegetables like carrots, potatoes, onions, ….which is enjoyed in Iran, Greece, Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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Traditionally the meat should be cut into chunks. The sauce of tas kebab is reddish due to tomato paste. You can serve it with either rice or flat bread.

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Ingredients

  • 300g diced beef or lamb meat
  • 50g Beef dripping
  • 1 bell pepper, diced it
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into round shape
  • 1 large onion, cut into rings
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6-7 cherry tomatoes
  • 150g green beans, cut into small pieces
  • 200g potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp saffron water ( optional)
  • Olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups water

How to make it???

Place the diced meat in a pan. Finely chop one of onions and add it to the meat, season with black pepper. Set the pot on the stove and fill it with water. Bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat down and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer the beef until tender.

While, beef is cooking, heat the oil in a pan and fry potatoes and carrots for 7-8 minutes. Then add chopped green beans, onion and bell pepper and fry for 5 minutes. Transfer fried veggies to a pot.

Once meat is cooked, add beef dripping ( the benefit of cooking with animal fats is just a nice flavor) and all spices but saffron water and let to fry for 5 minutes. Add meat to the pot.

Mix 2 ½ cups of water with tomato paste and saffron water and pour it over all the ingredients , add tomatoes and let to simmer for half an hour..

Serve tas kebab with rice or flat bread such as Persian Lavash naan bread, pitta bread ,…

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Tas kebab( Persian Meat & Vegetables Stew)

Ingredients

300g diced beef or lamb meat

50g Beef dripping

1 bell pepper, diced it

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into round shape

1 large onion, cut into rings

1 large onion, finely chopped

6-7 cherry tomatoes

150g green beans, cut into small pieces

200g potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp chilli flakes

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp paprika

Salt to taste

1 tbsp tomato paste

½ tsp saffron water ( optional)

Olive oil

2 ½ cups water

 

How to make it???

Place the diced meat in a pan. Finely chop one of onions and add it to the meat, season with black pepper. Set the pot on the stove and fill it with water. Bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat down and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer the beef until tender.

While, beef is cooking, heat the oil in a pan and fry potatoes and carrots for 7-8 minutes. Then add chopped green beans, onion and bell pepper and fry for 5 minutes. Transfer fried veggies to a pot.

Once meat is cooked, add beef dripping ( the benefit of cooking with animal fats is just a nice flavor) and all spices but saffron water and let to fry for 5 minutes. Add meat to the pot. Mix 2 ½ cups of water with tomato paste and saffron water and pour it over all the ingredients , add tomatoes and let to simmer for half an hour.. Serve tas kebab with rice or flat bread such as Persian Lavash naan bread, pitta bread ,…

Three Tasty-Easy Recipes for Leftover Rice

There are two things that are staple foods in the Iranian cuisine: rice and bread. They eat rice with different kinds of meat stews or vegetable dishes. In North of Iran, near the Caspian Sea, there are beautiful rice fields which are widely famous for cultivation of different kinds of Persian rice.

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You can make 10s of gorgeous dishes with white/brown or wild rice. You can make rice with stew, curry, beautiful green herbs and vegetables or spices. You can cook rice in a rice cooker, in microwave or on the stove.

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Anyway, what led me to talk about rice was that sometimes after a party we have leftover rice on hand, so instead of wasting it, you would be better to turn your leftover plain rice into a fabulous new rice dish 🙂

I have three easy- quick and tasty recipes for turning your rice into lentils rice, herbed rice and potato rice.

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Ingredients for lentils rice

  • one cup lentils

  • 1 cube meat or vegetable stock

  • ½ tsp cumin powder

  • Pinch of black pepper

  • Butter

How to make it?????

Bring to a boil, add lentils, one vegetable or meat stock,  pepper and cumin. Reduce heat and simmer until they are tender but not mushy( it takes typically 20-20 minutes) and usually  it depends on the age of your lentils. Once it is cooked, add it to the rice and gently mix. Spread some melted butter all over the rice and serve it.

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Ingredients for herbed rice

  • small bunch of chives or spring onions, finely chopped
  • small bunch of dill, finely chopped
  • small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it?????

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped herbs, seasoning with salt, pepper, cinnamon and cumin. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff the rice with a fork, and stir in sautéed herbs and gently combine and allow it up for few minutes  and serve it.

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Ingredients for rice and potatoes

  • 5 baby potatoes

  • Pinch of chilli flakes

  • butter

  • Salt to taste

How to make it?????

Put the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Salt the water. Bring it to a boil and cook the potatoes until tender. Drain and add melted butter and sprinkle chilli flakes on them. Serve the rice in a plate and top it with buttery potatoes.

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