Potato Salad

Potato salad is a popular dish,  made with boiled potatoes and other ingredients. There are so many variations of potato salad and today I have also two good ones. This is an instant and easy salad.

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Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes
  • small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup yogurt or Mayo
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??

Place the potatoes in a pot. Add enough cold water to cover the top of potatoes. Add 1 tsp salt to the water. Cook the potatoes until tender. Drain the potatoes. skin off potatoes, add butter or olive oil, lemon juice, and mash with potato masher.

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Now, add all above munitioned spices and chopped parsley. Mix all together. Taste again, if needs add more salt and pepper.

Take an orange size of potato mixture and shape it like a bowl ( as you see in the photos). Once all potato bowls are done, place them in a plate and set aside.

Now, mix yogurt with grated garlic, pinch of pepper and mix them.

Pour 1-2 tbsp of yogurt inside each potato ball. Serve potato salad topped with sweet chilli sauce.

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سالاد سیب زمینی

سالاد سیب زمینی غذایی است که از ترکیب سیب زمینی آبپز با مواد مختلفی تهیه میشود. این ساالاد تقریبن در بیشتر کشورهای دنیا و با دستورهای متنوع تهیه میشودو بسیار پرطرفدار است. من هم قبلن سالاد اولویه و سالاد میموسا را در کوکپد به اشتراک گذاشتم و امروزطرز تهیه دو نوع سالاد سیب زمینی دیگر را به اشتراک میگذارم.این سالاد ها خیلی فوری تهیه میشوند..

مواد لازم

پنج عدد سیب زمینی

یک دسته جعفری خرد شده

نصف پیمانه ماست یا سس مایونز

یک حبه سیر له شده

یک ق غ آبلیمو ترش

نمک و فلفل به میزان لازم

یک ق چ پودر پاپریکا

دو ق غ روغن زیتون یا کره

طرز تهیه

سیب زمینی ها را داخل قابلمه ریخته و آن را با آب پرکنید تا روی سیب زمینی ها پوشانده شود. یک ق چ نمک هم به آب اضافه کنید. بگذارید سیب زمینی ها خوب پخته و نرم شوند.

پوست سیب زمینی ها را جدا کرده – کره یا روغن زیتون – و لیمو ترش را اضافه کرده و با گوشت کوب یا بلندر سیب زمینی را کوبیده و له کنید.

در این مرحله تمام ادویه های ذکر شده در بالا را همراه با جعفری خرد شده به سیب زمینی اضافه کنید و همه ی مواد را با هم مخلوط کنید. دوباره سیب زمینی را مزه کنید و اگر نیازی به نمک یا فلفل بیشتری هست اضافه کنید. حالا به اندازه ی یک پرتقال از سیب زمینی را برداشته و مطابق تصاویر به شکل پیاله در آورید. وقتی همه ی سیب زمینی ها به این ترتیب آماده شدند داخل یک ظرف چیده و کنار بگذارید.

ماست را با سیر له شده و فلفل مخلوط کنید و یا اگر دوست دارید از مایونز استفاده کنید دیگر نیازی به سیر نیست. ماست یا مایونز راداخل سیب زمینی پیاله شکل ریخته و روی آن کمی سس چیلی شیرین بریزید و سرو کنید.

 

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Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes
  • small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup yogurt or Mayo
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??

Place the potatoes in a pot. Add enough cold water to cover the top of potatoes. Add 1 tsp salt to the water. Cook the potatoes until tender. Drain the potatoes. skin off potatoes, add butter or olive oil, lemon juice, and mash with potato masher.

Now, add all above munitioned spices and chopped parsley. Mix all together. Taste again, if needs add more salt and pepper.

Take an orange size of potato mixture and shape it like a bowl ( as you see in the photos). Once all potato bowls are done, place them in a plate and set aside.

Now, mix yogurt with grated garlic, pinch of pepper and mix them. Pour 1-2 tbsp of yogurt inside each potato ball. Serve potato salad topped with sweet chilli sauce.

Mimosa Salad

Mimosa salad, is a traditional, scrumptious and satisfying layered Russian salad. Mimosa got it’s name from Mimosa Spring flower.

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This tasty salad is popular in Russia and has a wide variety of recipes. For instance, typically it is made with canned fish but in some other recipes there is cooked chicken instead. Or in some recipes there is mixture of Mayonnaise and cheese. In this salad all ingredients are grated finely and layered.

It’s really tasty salad especially with fresh dill leaves for garnishing, you will experience a piece of heaven in your plate.

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Ingredients

  • one canned tuna in oil, drained
  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and grated
  • 2 medium carrots, boiled, peeled and grated
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 eggs, hard boiled, peeled, whites and yolks separated after boiling
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh dill leaves for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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How to make it??

Drain the fish and mash it with a fork. Prepare your serving plate or dish. In my serving plate I am using a Springform pan that will give a nice round shape to my salad but this is optional and you can just layering ingredients on a plate in any shape you wish.

Arrange grated potatoes evenly on the bottom of plate and press down with a spoon. Season with pinch of salt and pepper, then on top of potatoes, goes some Mayonnaise.

On top of potatoes, make fish layer then cover this layer with chopped onion and then spread Mayonnaise.

Then arrange grated carrots, season with salt and pepper and spread Mayonnaise. Now, cover top of carrots with egg whites, season with salt and pepper and , spread Mayonnaise.

For last layer, arrange  egg yolks, season with salt and pepper. Garnish with dill leaves or any other fresh green herbs to make it similar to Mimosa flower.

You can keep this salad in the fridge for few days. As i mentioned above, you can use chicken instead of canned fish, or cooked rice instead of potatoes.

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Mimosa Salad

Ingredients

  • one canned tuna in oil, drained
  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and grated
  • 2 medium carrots, boiled, peeled and grated
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 eggs, hard boiled, peeled, whites and yolks separated after boiling
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh dill leaves for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

How to make it??

Drain the fish and mash it with a fork. Prepare your serving plate or dish. In my serving plate I am using a Springform pan that will give a nice round shape to my salad but this is optional and you can just layering ingredients on a plate in any shape you wish. Arrange grated potatoes evenly on the bottom of plate and press down with a spoon. Season with pinch of salt and pepper, then on top of potatoes, goes some Mayonnaise.

On top of potatoes, make fish layer then cover this layer with chopped onion and then spread Mayonnaise. Then arrange grated carrots, season with salt and pepper and spread Mayonnaise. Now, cover top of carrots with egg whites, season with salt and pepper and , spread Mayonnaise. For last layer, arrange egg yolks, season with salt and pepper. Garnish with dill leaves. You can keep this salad in the fridge for few days.

Potato stuffed bread (Naan shekampour)

One of the easiest and tastiest bread you ever had. Preparing the dough does not need any yeast , baking soda or baking powder. Very easy peasy. I stuffed my bread with potato and some vegetables but you can fill it with any kind of meat or herbs and vegetables. The most important point is to make a good dough and then you can go on with your favourite fillings.

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Traditionally this wonderful bread is baked on a brick or stone griddle but nowadays, if you want to bake it at home, you can use a pan, as I did.  Today, I made potato stuffed bread and seriously it is just delicious naan bread.

I have loads of bread ( naan) recipes such as: pan fried naan, keema naan, sheermal bread, kelane naan bread, pitta bread, naan Barbari, onion spiral bread, naan fateer, olive bread, spicy lentil flat bread, garlic bread, Indian chickpea flat bread, country bread, paratha bread, garlic-rosemary bread, stuffed rose shaped bread, bread sticks with green olives. You can find them here in my web page.

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Ingredients for dough

  • 3 cups  or 450 g all purpose flour
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Ingredients for fillings

  • 400g potatoes, boiled, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and fined chopped
  • 3 fresh spring onions, finely chopped
  • 3 fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

 

How to make it??

In a large bowl, add flour, salt and oil. Mix together. Then slowly add water. Combine well and knead the dough for few minutes. Cover the dough and keep it for 30 minutes to rest.

 

Meanwhile prepare ingredients for filling. Heat the oil in a skillet, and sauté chopped onion until soft. Then add chopped green herbs, and potatoes. Season with all spices. Mix everything well and fry for 2-3 minutes and set aside.

 

Once dough is ready, grease your hand with oil and knead the dough again for 1-2 minutes. Now divide it into small or big portions, it depends on you.

Take a portion of dough and with a rolling pin flat the dough on a floured surface. Top it with stuffing ingredients and then lift the dough from all sides ( as you see in the photos).

 

Gently flatten the dough ball with rolling pin. Heat a pan, spread a little bit of oil in the pan and place the dough on the pan.

 

Bake each side for 3 minutes then flip over and bake other side.

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نان شکم پرسیب زمینی

یکی از آسان‌ترین و خوشمزه ترین نان‌هایی هست که می تونید امتحان کنید. تهیه ی خمیر این نان نیازی به خمیر مایه – بیکینگ پودر و بیکینگ سودا نداره . داخل نان با سیب زمینی و چند سبزی دیگه پر شده ولی کلن میتونید هر چی خودتون دوست داشتید از انواع گوشت و سوسیس و کالباس یا سبزیجات و ادویه ها انتخاب کنید و داخل خمیر قرار بدید. نکته ی مهم درست کردن این خمیر خوب هست.

اگراز پخت نان خانگی در منزل لذت می برید می‌توانید دستور های مختلف انواع نان رو که من در کوکپد به اشتراک گذاشتم را هم امتحان کنید: نانهایی مانند : نان پیتانان سیب زمینی هندی – نان زیتون خانگینان با نخود آبگوشتینان عدسنان سیر دارنان زیتون و سبزیجاتنان سیرگره دارنان پیازیقیمه نان هندی – نان تست املتینان زیتون اسپانیایینان شکم پر با طرح گل رزنان شیرمالنان کلانه یا بولانینان هندی پاراتا نان فوق سریع نان بربرینان سنگکنان پیاز حلزونی – نان مافین آرد گندم …..

مواد لازم

سه پیمانه آرد

دویست میلی لیتر آب

دو ق چ نمک

یک ق چ روغن مایع

مواد لازم داخل نان

چهار صد گرم سیب زمینی آبپز شدهپوست گرفته و خرد شده

دو عدد پیاز متوسط پوست گرفته – و نگینی خرد شده

سه شاخه پیازچه ریز خرد شده

سه شاخه گشنیز ریز خرد شده

یک ق چ تخم گشنیز

یک ق چ پودر زیره

نصف ق چ فلفل

نصف ق چ زردچوبه

یک ق چ پودر پاپریکا – پاپریکا فلفل شیرین هست که رنگ و طعم خیلی خوبی به غذا میدهد

نمک به میزان لازم

روغن زیتون

طرز تهیه

داخل یک‌کاسه ی بزرگ آرد – نمک و روغن را با هم مخلوط کنید. آب را کم کم روی آرد ریخته و هم بزنید تا خمیر درست شود. خمیر را برای 3-2 دقیقه با دست ورز دهید. سپس روی خمیر را با یک دستمال پوشانده تا برای نیم ساعت استراحت کند.

در این میانمواد داخل نان را آماده کنید: روغن را در تابه گرم کرده و پیاز را کمی تفت دهید تا نرم شود. سپس سبزیجات خرد شده و سیب زمینی را روی پیاز ریخته و تمام ادویه ها را هم اضافه کنید . به آرامی مواد را با هم هم بزنید و برای دو سه دقیقه آن‌ها را سرخ کرده و کنار بگذارید تا خنک شود.

وقتی خمیر آماده شد دست خود را کمی با روغن چرب کنید و باز خمیر را یکی دو دقیقه ورز داده و بعد خمیر را به چانه های کوچک یا بزرگ تقسیم کنید ( سایز چانه ها بستگی به میل خودتان دارد). یکی از چانه ها را روی سطح آردی گذاشته و با وردنه آن را باز کنید. . مقداری از مواد سرخ شده را وسط خمیر گذاشته – خمیر را روی مواد میانی تا کرده ( مطابق تصاویر) و لبه ها را بهم بچسبانید. سپس با وردنه و خیلی به آرامی روی خمیر فشار دهید تا باز شود.. این عمل را برای باقی خمیرها هم انجام داده و همه را آماده کنید.

یک ق چ روغن داخل تابه گرم ریخته و خمیرآماده شده را در تابه قرار داده و بگذارید برای دو سه دقیقه زیر خمیر بپزد. سپس کمی روغن روی نان بزنید و آن را پشت و رو کنید تا سمت دیگر نان هم بپزد.

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Potato stuffed bread ( naan shekampour )

Ingredients for dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Ingredients for fillings

  • 400g potatoes, boiled, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and fined chopped
  • 3 fresh spring onions, finely chopped
  • 3 fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it??

In a large bowl, add flour, salt and oil. Mix together. Then slowly add water. Combine well and knead the dough for few minutes. Cover the dough and keep it for 30 minutes to rest.

Meanwhile prepare ingredients for filling. Heat the oil in a skillet, and sauté chopped onion until soft. Then add chopped green herbs, and potatoes. Season with all spices. Mix everything well and fry for 2-3 minutes and set aside. Once dough is ready, grease your hand with oil and knead the dough again for 1-2 minutes. Now divide it into small or big portions, it depends on you.

Take a portion of dough and with a rolling pin flat the dough on a floured surface. Top it with stuffing ingredients and then lift the dough from all sides ( as you see in the photos). Gently flatten the dough ball with rolling pin. Heat a pan, spread a little bit of oil in the pan and place the dough on the pan. Bake each side for 3 minutes then flip over and bake other side.

 

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Potato Samosa

 Samosa or as we say in Farsi sambose  is a fried , boiled or baked pastry with different filling such as vegetables, meat and spices.

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Nowadays, samosa is a  very popular dish in most of countries. In my country Iran, In South and East of country  samosa is a snack but  in old days it was as a main course in Khorasan  province( East) of Iran. Preparing this dish is very easy .

Ingredients

Filo pastry
2 cooked boiled potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
Small bunch of parsley
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. flour
butter
Oil

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Preparation

Finely chop parsley. Heat the oil in a pan. Add chopped potatoes, parsley, turmeric, season with salt and chilli. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
Mix 2 tbsp .flour with 2-3 tbsp. water and set aside.

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Brush melted butter on a sheet of filo pastry. Put one full spoon of potato mixture on filo pastry and roll it. Do not overfill because will be difficult to roll up. Then, apply flour glue on two ends of rolled filo and fold it upon, and seal two ends properly. Repeat with remaining of ingredients.
Heat the oil in a pan and deep fry rolled pastries until golden brown. Drain on paper towel to get rid of extra oil. Serve this tasty crunchy samosa with pickled jalapeno .

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Samosa

Ingredients

Filo pastry
2 cooked boiled potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
Small bunch of parsley
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. flour
butter
Oil

Preparation

Finely chop parsley. Heat the oil in a pan. Add chopped potatoes, parsley, turmeric, season with salt and chilli. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
Mix 2 tbsp .flour with 2-3 tbsp. water and set aside.

Brush melted butter on a sheet of filo pastry. Put one full spoon of potato mixture on filo pastry and roll it. Do not overfill because will be difficult to roll up. Then, apply flour glue on two ends of rolled filo and fold it upon, and seal two ends properly. Repeat with remaining of ingredients.
Heat the oil in a pan and deep fry rolled pastries until golden brown. Drain on paper towel to get rid of extra oil. Serve this tasty crunchy samosa with pickled jalapeno .

Carrot Stew with Potatoes and Chicken

Carrot stew is one of best Iranian dishes. Havij is Farsi word for carrot and carrot stew that is called ‘ Khoresht-e Havij’ in Farsi, is a Persian stew that is made with carrots, potatoes and meat (chicken/lamb or beef).

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Carrots with their brilliant colour is lovely ingredient to make carrot stew. There are different recipes for this dish, sometimes combination of carrots with prune or plum that is called khoresht haveej-aloo.

Other recipe is combination of carrots with potatoes and meat. 

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Carrot stew is one of Iranian stews and come originally from Tabriz, an ancient city in NW of Iran. That’s why mostly it’s known as Tabrizi carrot stew. If you prefer sour taste, therefore add some lemon/lime juice to the stew or if you wish sweet taste, simply delete lime juice and add some sugar.

 

Ingredients

  • 300 g chicken breasts
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 300 g baby carrots
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. Saffron water
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Salt   to taste
  • Olive oil

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Preparation
Place chicken in a pot. Add water and let it to cook. If there is left chicken. Once it is cooked, remove it from the pot and fry it in olive oil until turns golden and add return it back to the pot.

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Heat the oil in a pan, add chopped onions. Sauté until just soft. Then add chili powder and turmeric. Stir in for couple of minutes. In other pan, fry baby carrots for 10 minutes.
Fry potato strips as well. Set aside.


In a bowl with cold water, add tomato paste and salt. Mix all together. Pour liquid into the pot with chicken. Add fried carrots, onions, potatoes, saffron water and lemon juice. Taste and adjust salt and chili, if needed. Allow to cook for about for 30 minutes over medium heat.
Serve it with rice, salad and pickles.

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Potato Soup

With few ingredients you can create a lush and delicious home made comfort potato soup.

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Ingredients

  • 400 g potatoes, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 100 g onion, finely chopped
  • 4-5 spring onions ( green part)
  • 900 ml vegetable stock
  • 120 ml cold milk
  • 50 g butter
  • Salt and chilli flakes to taste

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Instructions

Melt the butter in a pan. Add chopped potatoes and onion. Sauté them until softened. Then remove them to a pot. Add chopped spring onions, vegetable stocks, milk and season with salt and chilli flakes. Gently stir and allow to cook for 15 minutes.

Purée the soup, garnish it with freshly chopped herbs and drops of olive oil and serve it.

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Green B Frittata ( Tabrizi Kookoo Loobia Sabz)

Kookoo lobia sabz is a traditional classic dish in Tabriz an ancient city in NW of Iran. This dish is served in especial occasions and for Iftar in month of Ramadan.

Tabrizi green beans is absolutely delicious, full of flavour and colour.

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Kookoo ( kuku) in Iranian cuisine, applies to an eggy dish or an egg-based dish. Kookoo or frittata might be meatless that would be a vegetarian dish and sometimes is made with meat.

Kookoo is a mixture of whipped eggs with different ingredients.

Green beans is called loobia sabz in Farsi language. My today recipe is meatless kookoo loobia sabz but you can add 200g minced beef to the ingredients if you wish.

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Ingredients

  • 350 g baby green beans, finely diced and boiled
  • 100 g carrots, finely diced and boiled
  • 100 g potatoes, finely diced and fried
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped and fried
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp saffron water
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Add milk, chopped walnuts, flour, baking powder, saffron water, turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Whisk it well until all ingredients combine together. Saffron smell spread all over the kitchen and it’s lovely.

Next, add fried and boiled vegetables to the egg mixture. Mix all together.

Heat the oil in a deep pan, pour the mixture in the pan. Firmly press the ingredients with the back of the spoon to the down. Cover the pan with a lid and allow to cook on side ( about 10-15 minutes), then flip over to cook other side.

Serve it in a platter garnish with Zereshk (Barberries) and cut it into pieces.

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Potato and Rice Pilaf

This is a fantastic dish recipe for potato and Persian rice. It might be served as main course or as side dish. This meal can be vegetarian as well. For making this dish use a kind of potato that stand up to the cooking time.

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Other thing is about main ingredient that is rice. Good quality rice is very important matter. In today dish I used Persian smoked rice (berenj-e doodi) that is long grain with high quality and just superb aroma.

So if you are interested you can follow my easy peasy potato rice recipe with yogurt.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Persian smoked rice
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbps butter

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Method

Wash the rice two times. Add rice in the rice cooker with enough water to cook, also add salt, potatoes and butter.

Serve the rice hot with yogurt. You can have plain yogurt or mixture of yogurt with chopped cucumber or r of yogurt with beetroot powder.

 

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Persian petit meatballs ( Kofteh rizeh Yazdi)

In Iranian cooking ‘ Kofteh’ or ‘ Kofta’ is a kind of meat ball. Kofteh means pounded meat in Persian language. Meat ball or Kofta is made from ground meat such as: mutton, beef, lamb and chicken, along with aromatic fresh or dried herbs, nuts, fruits and eggs.

Kofteh is usually shaped into balls and round but sometimes kofteh is in cigar-shape too. Kofteh , kupta, kofta, kufta …. are in different sizes from giant ones to medium and petit kofteh.

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Some of cities in Iran are well known for their Kofta recipes. Tabriz an ancient city in NW of Iran is known for having Giant Kofteh Tabrizi recipe, that is one of the most famous and popular kofteh in Iran. This dish includes a giant meat ball made from meat, rice, yellow split peas, aromatic herbs and spices.

Kofteh Isphahani, kofteh Shirazi, Kofteh Kermanshahi, Kofteh Yazdi, are other type of Persian meatballs from different areas in Iran.

Kofteh sometimes is stuffed with nuts, eggs or fruits and sometimes are normal kofta.

Petit kofteh might be served with Persian flat bread or with rice, pickles, yogurt and salad.

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Today I made Yazdi Kofteh rizeh ( petit kofteh), that takes its name after the Yazd an ancient city in central Iran. Yazd is an ancient city in Iran and is recognised as a world Heritage site by UNESCO. Yazd is well  known for its special architecture that its nickname is ‘ wind catcher’ or ‘ Badgir’. Also this city is well known for having its Zoroastrian ancient fire temple, Qantas (under ground water channels to transport water from water well to surface for irrigation and drinking) and Yakhchal ( yakh meaning ice and chaal meaning pit) is an ancient type of evaporative cooler, it used to create ice in the winter and store it in the summer time.

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Ingredients

350g minced meat ( half beef/ half lamb)

1 onion, grated

Handful cherry tomatoes

1 egg

3 tbsp freshly chopped chives or coriander

2 tbsp gram flour

½ tsp turmeric

Salt and chilli pepper to taste

Olive oil

 

Method

Peel the onion and grate it. Extract juice from grated onion . Add all ingredients to grated onion. Mix well until combine together.

Shape the meat mixture into little balls, the size of a walnut. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add meat balls . Cook until brown. Then add ¼ cup water and cherry tomatoes to the meat balls and let the cook for 10 minutes with the lid partially covering the pan.

I served meat balls with steamed rice-potato but as I mentioned it might be served with flat bread and salad, yogurt and pickles on the side.

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Persian style meatballs spaghetti

Dear friends, please do not forget this is a Persian style spaghetti so do not surprise if the method of preparation is a little bit different because In Iran we  cook pasta like cook the  rice. It means first simmer spaghetti in boiling water and then steamed. So we treat pasta like rice, it means in the process of cooking, we cover bottom of the pot with a slice of a flat bread or thinly slices of potatoes or simply plain noodles. BUT BUT BUT, at the end result is amazing and you will have tasty macaroni plus crispy bread, potatoes or noodles from bottom of the pot.

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Ingredients

  • 150 g spaghetti
  • 200 g ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 can tomato, diced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt- chilli powder to taste
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Extra olive oil

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Preparation

In a bowl with ground beef, add grated onion. Season with salt- pepper, and also add turmeric and cinnamon. Mix all ingredients together well. Give small ball shapes to the meat and fry them in a pan until meatballs are brown. Then, add tomato paste to the meat balls and heat for 2 minutes and set aside.

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In a separate pan, heat the oil and saute chopped bell peppers for 5 minutes. Add diced can tomato to the bell pepper and fry for 2-3 minutes, then pour fried bell pepper and tomatoes over the meat balls, gently stir. Your sauce is ready.

Now, in a pot, bring to boil water, add some salt, 1 Tbsp oil and spaghetti. Cook it for 10 minutes then drain the spaghetti using a colander.

Now pour 3 Tbsp oil in the pot, let it hot, then lay on sliced potatoes as you see in the image, then pour par cooked spaghetti top of the potatoes and at the end pour meatballs over the spaghetti. Cover the pot with a lid and let spaghetti cook for 20minutes over medium to low heat.

Once spaghetti is cooked , you would serve spaghetti but there is surprise at the bottom of pot, yes it’s crispy fried potatoes that is called ‘ tah dig’ in Persian cuisine and it is speciality of Iranian cuisine.

Serve the dish with pesto and salad. Bon appetite

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