Drinks and beverages

Persian Saffron (Zafaran) sharbat  شربت زعفرانی

Saffron is one the most expensive and luxurious spices in the world but it’s taste, flavour and giving yellow- orange colouring to the foods is worth the price. Saffron has amazing flavour, some say it’s like honey, some say it’s floral but I say it’s just saffroni. Iran is one of the most important places… Continue reading Persian Saffron (Zafaran) sharbat  شربت زعفرانی

Rice

Basturma or Basdirma Polo

Basturma or Basdirma polow /pilaf is a traditional Azerbaijani rice dish that is popular in Ardebil an ancient city near Caspian Sea. The meaning of the word ‘ Basturma or Basdirma’ translates as ‘ to press’ or ‘ pressed’. An other literally meaning of this word is ‘ buried’. Why the name of this dish… Continue reading Basturma or Basdirma Polo

Rice

Persian sour cherry pilaf (Albaloo polow ba tahdig maast) آلبالو پلو با ته دیگ ماست

Sour cherry or Morello cherry is called ‘ albaloo’ in Persian language. Albaloo or moreloo cherry is smaller that sweet cherry with dark red colour. The origins for Sour cherry is in Iranian plateau or East Europe. This fruit is very popular in Iran from ancient time to modern day Iran. Nowadays, albaloo or sour… Continue reading Persian sour cherry pilaf (Albaloo polow ba tahdig maast) آلبالو پلو با ته دیگ ماست

Stew with polow

Persian Zucchini Stew خورش کدو سبز

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.… Continue reading Persian Zucchini Stew خورش کدو سبز

Stew with polow

Sour Black eyed beans stew (turshi ghorma)

This is one of traditional Azerbaijani stew from Ardebil an ancient and beautiful city  in Iran on neighbouring Caspian sea. The key point in making this stew is using lots of fried onions that should be very finely sliced. Ardebil is known for it’s trade in honey and carpet. Twenty two sites in Iran are… Continue reading Sour Black eyed beans stew (turshi ghorma)