Lamb, Barberries & Orange Pilaf (Gheymeh Nesa)

Lamb, Barberries & Orange pilaf (Gheyme Nesa). What a beautifully aromatic dish this is. The flavours coming from the spices and in particular the fresh orange peel and barberries is a marriage made in heaven. The lamb brings an earthy taste which balances out the rest of the dish. The house at the moment just…

Shirazi Salad (Salad-e-shirazi)

Ingredients 1 small onion 2 large tomatoes 1/2 a cucumber 1/4 tsp dry mint 1/4 tsp dry dill Method Finely chop the onion and tomatoes. Peel and wash the cucumber. Finely chop the cucumber and add to the tomatoes and onions. Mix in all the ingredients together. Mix in the mint and dill (leaving a…

Pumpkin & Lamb stew (Khoresht-e-Kadoo Halvaie ba Goosht)

Ingredients 380g Pumpkin 380g Lamb 1 Onion (medium size) 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp brown granulated sugar 2 pinches of ground nutmeg 2 pinches of ground saffron 1/2 Tblsp tomato puree 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/4 cup oil (I used vegtable oil) for frying the pumpkin 1/4 cup oil…

Lamb & Lentil Stew (Khoresht-e-Gheymeh)

Khoresht-e-Geyme is a very traditional Iranian dish. There’s not an Iranian house that hasn’t at one point made this dish. It’s also made during particular religious ceremonies. Ingredients 240g diced shoulder of lamb (chopped I to small cubes) 1 Onion (finely chopped) 1 tsp tumeric 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp…

Cucumber drink (sharbat-ek-kheyar)

I made this cucumber and rosewater drink a couple of days ago after a nostalgic day out at London Bridge. This is such a refreshing and fragrant drink, even better chilled in the fridge for an hour or so. For those adventurous souls on these beautiful summer days, a splash of vodka will happily dance…

Fish Tahchin – (Tahchin-e-Mahee)

Ingredients For the Fish 1kg Fish (I used Cod) 2 Onions (medium size) 1/2 tsp ground saffron 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp turmeric 4 cloves of garlic 3 cups of water For the rice 3 cups of rice (white basmati) 1pt cold water 1 tblsp salt 1/4 cup oil (vegetable) For the…

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). IĀ  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!…