Potato samosa

 Samosa or as we say in Farsi sambuse  سمبوسه 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 beans 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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Persian meat patty 

Cutlet is an Iranian version of meat patty. It is combination of ground beef with potatoes ( whether cooked or row) , onions and spices. They are incredibly tasty. The traditional shape of cutlet is oval but you can make it in round shape as well.
cutelette might be served warm or cold. You can serve it with flat bread or make a beautiful cutelette sandwich with baguette bread.

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Ingredients
200 g ground beef
1 onion, grated
2-3 potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 egg
Salt- pepper powder to taste
1 Tsp turmeric
Bread crumbs
Oil

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Preparation
Mash cooked potatoes. Grate onion, squeeze out of the juice. Add ground beef, mashed potatoes, grated onion, egg, salt and spice to a big bowl. Mix thoroughly until well blended.
Now, take small portion of meat mixture and put in the palm of your hand and shape them.
Then roll gently in bread crumbs. Repeat will remains of meat mixture, once they are ready, heat the oil in a pan. Oil should be hot and sizzle. Put  cutlette  in the pan. Let fry one side, flip over to fry other side until golden brown

 

 

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Pumpkin-orange soup

Ingredients

1 small pumpkin, peeled and seeded

1 leek, sliced

4-5 small carrots, peeled and chopped

1 onion, peeled and chopped

1 large potato, peeled and chopped

1 tsp dried rosemary

Finely grated zest and juice of 2 oranges

crème fraiche ( optional)

1 litre water or vegetable stock

salt and black pepper to taste

Olive oil

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Preparation

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add leek, pumpkin and potato. Sauté until tender and soft. Sauté carrot and onion , add dried rosemary. Transfer all sautéed ingredients to a pot. Pour orange juice and 1 litre water or vegetable stock, season with salt and pepper. Let to cook thoroughly.

Purée in a food processor. You might serve the soup with crème fraiche and pumpkin seeds.

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سوپ کدو حلوایی با پرتقال

مواد لازم

چهارصدو پنجاه گرم یا یک عدد کدوحلوایی کوچک

یک عدد تره فرنگی

چهار پنج هویج کوچک خرد شده

یک پیاز متوسط پوست گرفته و خرد شده

یک سیب زمینی پوست گرفته و خرد شده

یک ق چ رزماری خشک

آب پرتقال و پوست رنده شده ی دو عدد پرتقال

کمی خامه برای روی سوپ

یک لیتر آب یا عصاره ی سبزی

نمک و فلفل سیاه به میزان لازم

روغن زیتون

 

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طرز تهیه

روغن رو در تابه گرم کنید. تره فرنگی – کدوحلوایی و سیب زمینی رو کمی تفت بدید تا نرم بشه. هویج خرد شده یا رنده شده رو با پیاز و رزماری خشک تفت بدید. همه ی مواد تفت داده شده رو داخل قابلمه بریزید. آب پرتقال رو همراه با یک لیتر آب یا عصاره ی سبزی همراه نمک و فلفل به مواد بالا اضافه کنید و بگذارید بپزه.

با استفاده از غذاساز سوپ رو به صورت پوره در بیارید و زمان سرو اگر دوست داشتید کمی خامه و تخم کدو رو روی سوپ بریزید.

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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

2tbsp 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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کوفته ریزه با تخم بلدرچین

برای تهیه ی کوفته ریزه دستورات غذایی بی نهایتی میشه پیدا کرد. چه برای سس کوفته و چه برای مواد اولیه برای تهیه ی خود کوفته قل قلی ها.

کوفته ریزه های امروزرو با تخم بلدرچین درست کردم و با سس ارده که به انگلیسی به تاهینی سس گفته میشه سرو کردم.

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مواد اولیه

دویست پنجاه گرم گوشت چرخ کرده

دو عدد سیب زمینی

یک عدد تخم مرغ

دو عدد گوجه‌فرنگی درشت

تخم بلدرچین

یک حبه سیر

دو ق غ جعفری خشک

یک ق چ نعنا خشک

یک ق چ زیره

نان سوخاری

نمک و فلفل

کره

مواد لازم برای سس

دو ق غ سس ارده یا تاهینی سس

یک عدد لیمو ترش

نصف سیر

یک ق غ روغن زیتون

یک ق غ آب

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طرز تهیه

فر را روی حرارت ۲۰۰ درجه سانتیگراد گرم می کنیم. تخم بلدرچین ها را آبپز کرده – پوست گرفته و کنار میگذاریم.

گوشت چرخ کرده را با سیر رنده شده – جعفری و نعنا خشک – زیره و نمک و فلفل و تخم مرغ مخلوط میکنیم

تا مواد منسجم شده و حالت چسبندگی بگیرد.

سپس از گوشت آماده شده به اندازه ی نارنگی برداشته و وسط آن یکی از تخم های بلدرچین را گذاشته و گوشت را گرد می کنیم. . کوفته ها را داخل آرد سوخاری غلطانده و میگذاریم در فر برای نیم ساعت

بپزند.

تا آماده شدن کوفته ها سیب زمینی ها رو آبپز می‌کنیم و حلقه حلقه برش می دیم و.گوجه ها را هم از وسط نصف کرده و در کره سرخ می کنیم

سس ارده را با سیر رنده شده – آبآب لیمو روغن و نمک مخلوط میکنیم تا یک سس خوش طعم ارده داشته باشیم .

کوفته ها را همراه با سیب زمینی و گوجه‌فرنگی در یک دیس چیده و روشون کره ی آب شده می‌ریزیم و با سس ارده سرو می کنیم.

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