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 .

Uch Baji dolmasi ( Stuffed eggplant, tomato and pepper dolma)

Dolma is an Azeri word and in cooking culture means stuffed or filled. There are many forms of dolma including: stuffed grape leaves, stuffed eggplant( aubergine), zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, onion, potato, cabbage leaves.

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The following recipe is an Azerbaijani recipe for dolma which is popular in Baku and Nakhchivan. This dolma is called Uch baji. Uch means three and baji means sister in Azerbaijani language and is mixture dolma made with eggplant, bell pepper and tomato which is called ‘ Badimjan, beber ve pomidor dolmasi in Azeri.

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Dolma is simmered in it’s own meat juice and oil and serves with garlic-yogurt sauce. In some recipes use yellow split peas and rice, but it’s just a matter of taste and is optional.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant ( aubergine)
  • 1 large firm tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper
  • 300g ground beef or lamb
  • 4 tbsp yellow split peas, cooked
  • 1 bunch of coriander, washed and finely chopped
  • ½ bunch dill, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • slat and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or butter

Instructions

Cut a long slit down the middle of the eggplant, be careful, not to cut too deep. Soak the eggplant in a bowl full of cold water with 1 tbsp salt for 20 minutes to remove bitterness. Then drain and dry it. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the eggplant until all sides brown and soft enough to open the slit ( about 10 minutes).

Cut top off the bell pepper and remove the seeds. Cut top off the tomato and scoop out the tomato flesh and save it for stuffing.

In a bowl, add ground meat with grated onion. Season with salt and pepper, add turmeric. Mix together.

Heat the oil over medium heat and add meat mixture. Fry until brown. Add tomato paste and cook for 2 more minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat and add chopped herbs, cooked split peas and tomato flesh and mix well.

Fill the vegetables with stuffing mixture. Place them in a deep pan or saucepan. Pour remaining of stuffing around your vegetables, add some oil and water. Cover the tomato and pepper with their lids. Cover the pot and simmer the dolma until all are cooked and tender but not be mushy. Serve dolma as they are or with yogurt-garlic sauce.

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Fried diced potatoes with turmeric

You know turmeric is a herb with lots of benefits. You can use turmeric in different ways, you can eat or drink it as a lovely tea . It’s not only a kind of spice but also is a medicine with lots of goods. Turmeric is called ‘Zardchobeh ’ in Persian and is one of key ingredients in In Iranian cuisine. We add turmeric to stews, rice, pickles, omelettes, frittata, soup, aash and halva.

 

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Turmeric with it’s earthy aroma , beautiful yellow colour used as colouring, flavouring recipes and for dyeing too. It could be used instead of saffron.

What made me talk about turmeric is this humble and easy recipe. My mother used to add turmeric to fried potatoes and make tasty snack for us and I just remembered it and wanted to share this recipe . One of easiest and super duper recipe for weekend morning.

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Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive or other vegetable oil

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Method

cut potatoes into chunks. Heat the oil in a pan and fry potatoes. Sprinkle turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Gently stir until golden.

 

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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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Spinach puree with Halloumi cheese

This dish is delicious and very easy to prepare.

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Ingredients

  • 300 gr spinach leaves
  • 100 gr Halloumi cheese
  • 6-7 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small chilli
  • 1 tbs grated ginger
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1/2 tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tbs coriander powder
  • 1/4 tbs turmeric
  • 3 tbs cream
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil

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Preparation
Wash spinach leaves. Place them into a pot. Add a little bit water and let it to cook for 5 minutes. Set it aside.
Cut tomatoes in half. Cut Halloumi cheese into small squares also chop red chili and take out it’s seeds( otherwise your meal would be very hoooot). Place cooked spinach, grated ginger and red chili in a blender or food processor. Puree spinach.
Pour some oil in the pot, and add all spices. Stir it and then add tomatoes and saute for 3 minutes.

 


Mix 3tbs cool water with the flour and along with spinach puree, cream and pieces of cheese all to the pot. If it is thick, you are allowed to add 2-3 tbs of water. Stir all ingredients. let it to cook for 10 minutes more over low heat.
Serve it with flat breads ( Tafun, Lavash or pita bread).
Enjoy

 

 

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Persian zucchini stew ( Khoresht-e Kado sabz)

Green zucchini/courgette stew  is a classic- colourful and flavourful Persian stew ( khoresht). Zucchini is called kadoo in Farsi language. If you think courgettes were boring, you have to try this recipe. It’s cooked in a lemony-tomato sauce along with beautiful spices such as Persian saffron, turmeric, ….You might use either beef/lamb or chicken meat.

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You can make this stew (khoresht) with either beef/lamb or chicken. Lemon juice or Ghooreh ( unripe grapes) gives unique taste to this recipe. This meal is a lovely, comforting stew that my mother used to cook once a week.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini/courgette, peeled and sliced
  • 200g lamb, diced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 lemon juice or handful Ghooredh (unriped grapes)
  • pinch of Persian saffron
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2tbsp tomato paste
  • Sand pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

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Method

In a pot with diced meat, add one of chopped onions and water. Leave to cook until nice and tender. In a non-stick pan, drizzle with oil and saute other onion until translucent.

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Cut zucchini lengthwise. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and place them in the pan. Lightly fry.

Once meat is ready, add fried onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.. Mix 1 ½ cups of boiling water with pinch of Persian saffron, turmeric, tomato paste, and lemon juice.

Seasoning with salt and pepper, mix well and pour in the pot with meat and onion. If you do not like lemon juice, simply add unripe grapes to the stew and let to cook with other ingredients.

Add fried zucchini slices and tomatoes halves to other ingredients in the pot. Cover the pot and cook over medium to low heat until juice reduce.

Serve khoresht kadoo warm over polo (pilaft ) or with flat bread and a salad by the side.

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Azerbaijani rice pilaf with milk ( Sutti polow)

This is a traditional rice pilaf made in milk and serves with beautifully fried raisins and dates in butter, cinnamon and saffron. In some recipes you can serve rice either  with smoked fish, that is just yum or with raisins and dates.

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Ingredients

2 cups rice

2 cups milk

1 ½ cups water

1 cup Dates

1 cup raisins

3tbsp butter

2tbsp vegetable oil

1tbsp Persian saffron water

1tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp turmeric

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Method

Rinse the rice. Pour all milk, water, rice and 2tbsp butter and vegetable oil into a pot. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Add turmeric and Saffron water. Give a stir. Allow the rice to cook.

 

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small skillet, add raisins, cinnamon powder and saffron water. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened. Then remove from the heat and do same process with Dates.

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Serving milky rice with fried raisins and dates. If you like add a pad of butter to rice and give extra richness.

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Persian eggplant stew with chicken

Eggplant ( aubergine) stew is a traditional and classic Persian dish. Eggplant is called bademjan in Farsi and stew is called khoresht.  So if you are eggplant lover , this stew is perfect for you. I love this dish. I can have this stew once a week without any complaining.

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Eggplant stew can be made with chicken, lamb or beef. All are equally good in this dish.

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Ingredients
2 eggplants
2 onions cut into lengthwise and fry
2 cloves of garlic
2 chicken breast or legs (but you can choose beef or lamb meat)
1-2 medium size tomatoes cut into half
Salt-red chili powder to taste
1 Tbsp saffron water (if not available use turmeric)
1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
Vegetable oil

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Preparation
Peel skin off egg plant. Cut into lengthwise or circle shapes. Put some salt on cut eggplants to excess moisture and the bitterness. By this way, eggplants will fry faster and would not soak too much oil. Before frying the eggplants wrap the eggplants in a kitchen towel and pressing which removes all salty water.

 


In a pot with water, add one of chopped onion , garlic and chicken. Leave it to cook. if there is leftover chicken juice, add it to the stew.
Fry a the eggplants until both sides are nicely golden. Fry other chopped onion. Then fry the cooked chicken breasts for 3-4 minutes.  Now in a pot with fried chicken, add eggplants, fried onions,  tomatoes, spices, saffron water, lemon juice. Add leftover chicken juice and cook for 20 minutes over a low heat.
Once your delicious eggplant stew is ready, serve it with rice or flat bread. Enjoy it

 

 

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Herb stuffed bread ( herbs samosa)

This is a very simple but healthy and tasteful recipe.  For wrapping herbs, I  use a kind of  Iranian bread that is called ‘ Lavash bread similar to tortilla bread .

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Ingredients

  • 3 lavash bread (Tortilla bread)
  • 30 g parsley leaves
  • 30 g spring onions
  • 50 g spinach leaves
  • ½ Tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt- pepper to taste
  • Plain yogurt
  • Butter
  •  1tbsp flour

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Preparation
Wash and finely chop all the green. Melt the butter in a pan. Add all spices and chopped herbs . Saute for 5 minutes until soft, set aside.


Mix the flour with a little bit of water to make glue like paste and set aside. Cut the crusts of the bread as you see in the photos, and give rectangular shape. Take 1 Tbsp of herbs mixture and put on the bread. Wrap the bread according to the photos.
Seal the edge of each bread with flour glue. Repeat the processe with remaining of the ingredients.


Heat the oil in the pan and fry all the wrapped breads until both sides are golden brown.
Serve hot with garlic yogurt or plain yogurt.

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Dupiazeh sibzamini

If you had a busy day and are not in mood to spend long time in the kitchen or do not know what to make, try this recipe. It’s very easy, hearty and extremely palatable dish.

Dupiazeh literally means ‘2 onions’ in Persian language. This dish is popular in cities such as Shriaz and Bushehr (South and SW of Iran).
Dupiazeh might be served with Persian Lavash naan bread ( pitta bread) or with rice.

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Ingredients

  • 300g potatoes, cooked
  • 1 large onion, peeled and cut lengthwise
  • 1 -2 eggs
  • 50 g butter
  • 5tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

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Preparation
I present two different way for preparing dupiazeh: One dish with eggs , and other one without eggs.
I cooked baby potatoes and did not peel them off, simply because with skins is tastier and potato skin has natural nutrition but if you do not like, peel them off and cut into small pieces.Melt the butter in a non-stick pan, also add oil and chopped onion.

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Sauté onion until soft and slightly golden. Add turmeric, season with salt and black pepper. Stir well.
Add cooked potatoes and mix with onion. Gently stir. It’s done. Tthis is the one dish without egg/eggs.

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But you might crack the egg/eggs in the potato mixture, gently stir and let egg cook.
Serve with Persian lavash bread ( or pita bread ).
Nosh-e Jaan

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