Chicken Tahchin – (Tahchin-e-Morgh)

This is a wonderful hearty dish with loads of flavour. A fantastic centre piece if you don’t want to cook a stew to accompany the rice. This is an all in one dish that packs a punch with the aromatic spices used and the chicken plays well with the saffron yogurt rice. The crispy base…

Halva “Finger Twister” – Halva-ye-Angoosht-Peech

Halva – (Halva-ye-angoosht-peech). I  made this for a friend who recently lost her father. A sweet dish usually made in Iran when someone passes away. Also made in some parts of Asia and the Middle East. This particular halva is quite special in that you can literally twist it round your finger, it’s so stretchy!…

Chicken, Pomegranate & Walnut Stew – Fesenjoon

I’ve got to be honest with you guys… I did think twice about writing this post, and then I thought what the heck! food is to be enjoyed and shared. Why did I think twice?? Well Fesenjoon is an acquired taste, it is for the majority of Iranians a lovely savory and sweet dish, balanced…

Kutlets (Persian Cotlet)

Ingredients 1 onion 1 potato 1 egg 1/2 tsp tumeric 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp salt Pinch of saffron ground Small Clove of garlic crushed 1/2 cup vegtable oil Method In a large bowl add finely grated potatoe onion. Add salt, pepper, saffron and tumeric. Add 1 raw egg and…

Iced noodles in rosewater – (Faloode Shirazi)

Another glorious sunny day today, perfect for an ice cold faloode shirazi garnished with pistachios, rose petals and sour cherry syrup and balanced with a squeeze of lemon juice. I recall visiting Shiraz many years ago with mum and having this on one of the warm evenings there. Ingredients 100g rice vermicelli noodles 1 1/2…

Olivie Salad (Salad-e-Oliviye)

It’s a warm day and I have left over chicken that would go perfectly in the Olivie salad I’ve been wanting to make. Once made this salad tastes fantastic eaten with toasted chiabata. Ingredients 1/2 cup finely diced gerkin 1/2 cup cooked finely diced carrots 3 cooked chicken thighs (deboned a d diced) 1 1/3…

Saffron & Rosewater Rice Pudding (Sholezard)

This is an absolutely delicious dessert made with lots of saffron and Rosewater. Close your eyes and eat this, it’s like walking through a rose garden. Ingredients 3/4 cups rice (I used basmati) 5 cups water 1/2 cup vegtable oil Pinch of salt 3/4 cup white granulated sugar 5 tblsp rosewater 1/4 tsp ground saffron…

Eggplant with Fermented Yogurt – (Kashk-e-bademjan)

It’s safe to say that this dish is loved my most Iranians, and I’ve made it quite a few times for friends and it’s got the thumbs up! It’s wonderful eaten with toasted flat bread, pitta or if you can get your hands on Iranian bread; sangak, lavash or the like then even better. Ingredients…

Cocoa, Avocado, Almond & Coconut Milk Smoothie

I got to tell you guys this is an awesome drink. I was passing by a coffee  /smoothie stall in Fulham Broadway on my way back to pick up my daughter when the hunger for something sweet started to rage from within! So I thought try a smoothie, it might do the trick and tick…

Spiced Chicken on a bed of Pak choi and Chicory

I got to say that today was one of those days where nothing else would do but a quick and easy spiced fried chicken! And yes to raise the temperature a tad some home made hot sauce. But wait  I want this to be leaning towards the healthy side, so these lovely morcels of crispy…

Sour Cherry Jam – (Morabaye Albalu)

This is an easy recipe for making sour cherry jam (Morabaye Albalu) and tastes absolutely scrumptious. It’s quite nostalgic for me as I used to have this for breakfast on either lavash or sangak bread at my Grandmothers house in Iran. There was always an array of jams accompanied with butter, clotted cream, cheese and lots…

Broadbean & Lamb Rice – (Loobiya Polo)

This is an amazingly scrumptious dish. The art is to ensure you don’t over power it with the meat and allow the subtle flavour of the broadbeans and spices to come through. Trust me when I say your  guests will be asking for seconds! This dish serves 4 people. Ingredients 1 Onion 2 cloves garlic…