Spinach soup

What about  a healthy, filling and a light green soup for today!!

200g spinach
1/2 cup brown lentils
1/2 cup barley
2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
Parsley stalks
Olive oil
Salt – pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a saucepan, add chopped onions and garlic. Add salt and pepper. Fry gently until softened but not coloured.

Meanwhile, Add 800 ml water to a pot and cook dry lentils and barley. Cover the pot, reduce the heat and simmer until cook tender.
Chop parsley and spinach, add it to the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Once lentils and barley are cooked, add fried mixture to the lentils and barley. Let it to cook for 10 minutes more.
Garnish it with yogurt and chopped parsley.



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Eggplant Onion with Tomato Sauce

I am an eggplant lover and most of Iranians love this vegetable. This recipe is a fantastic dish that’s eaten as a warm side dish.


Aubergine onion with tomato sauce
2 eggplant
5 Tbsp tomato passata
1 large onion, finely diced
1 Tbsp ginger paste
1 Tbsps garlic paste
1 Tsp turmeric powder
1 Tsp cumin
1 Tsp coriander powder
Salt – chili powder to taste
Oil – butter

Cut off the ends of eggplant and thinly slice. salt the slices and set them in a colander to drain for 20 minutes. Dry with paper towels before using.

Sprinkle some of turmeric over the top of eggplants and keep remaining of turmeric for next step.
In a sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat and cook eggplants until soft and golden brown. Set aside.

Now heat the oil and add all spices, ginger and garlic paste. Fry for 1 minute. Add diced onion and cook over medium heat until soft ( for 5 minutes).


Then add tomato passata and stir in for 1-2 minutes. Then, return the fried eggplants to the pot and gently mix with the sauce. Continue cooking on low flame for 10 minutes.
Serve this beautiful dish with flat bread.














Azerbaijani Pasta with Potato and Garlic Yogurt Sauce

This pasta dish is divine.  It is popular in Azerbaijan and Turkey. There is no meat sauce but with fried potatoes and onions along with garlic yogurt sauce is just a piece of heaven in your plate.

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120 g pasta
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
1 clove of garlic
1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 Tsp turmeric,
Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil
5 Tbsp Greek yogurt


Put a frying pan on a medium heat and add some olive oil. Add chopped onion and potato to frying pan and stir until softened. Then add spices and stir it for 1-2 minutes and then add thyme leaves. Stir for few seconds and remove the pan from the heat.

سیب پیاز سرخ

سیب سرخ 2

ادویه به سیب

ادویه 2

ادویه مخلوط
Put a a pot on a medium to high heat and add 600 ml water, add some salt and 1 Tbsp oil. Bring it to boil and add pasta to the pot and let it to boil again and cook it for 10 minutes.

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ماکارونی جوشی

Then remove pot from the heat and drain it. Place pasta in the pot and add potato mixture to the pasta. Cover the pot with lid and let it to cook on low heat for 20 minutes.

ابگش ماکارونی

 Meanwhile, grate garlic and add it to yogurt. Mix it well. Pasta is ready now. Serve on your favourite plate or in a bowl.


سیب روی ماکارونی


ماست و سیر رنده


ماست قاطی


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Herb Rice with Potato

Lovely rice dish with aromatic herbs and potatoes. Vegetarians would enjoy this dish.


Herb rice with baby potatoes

2 cups rice
150 g baby potatoes, cooked and peeled off
Mix herbs such as: mint, parsley, coriander, spring onions and dill, finely chopped
1 Tsp fennel seeds
½ Tsp ginger paste
½ Tsp garlic paste
2 Tsp pomegranate molasses OR ½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ Tsp chili flake
Butter or vegetable oil

In a pan, melt the butter, ad fennel seeds, pomegranate seeds or molasses, ginger/garlic paste and chilli flakes. Fry for 1 minute, set aside.

Saute chopped herbs for 5 minutes. Add rice , water, cooked potatoes and pomegranate sauce, season with salt. Gently stir. Cover the pot with a lid and cook the rice.