Are you tired of cooking the same old meals every week? Do you crave new flavors and exotic dishes that will take your taste buds on a journey?
If so, then you are in luck because today we are exploring the flavorful world of Persian cuisine. Known for its use of rich spices, fresh herbs, and bold flavors, Persian food is a true culinary delight.
It’s time to expand your recipe repertoire as we dive into some delicious Persian recipes that will transport your kitchen to the vibrant streets of Iran. Get ready to ignite your senses and add some excitement to your menu with these mouth-watering dishes.
1. Kofta Kebab
Get ready for a mouthwatering delight! Grilled kofta (or kefta) – succulent skewers of ground beef and/or lamb, infused with fresh parsley, onions, garlic, and warm Middle Eastern spices!
These kabobs are perfect for feeding a crowd. And the best part? You can serve them alongside a variety of delectable sides and salads. Let the feast begin!
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2. Fesenjan (Persian Pomegranate And Walnut Chicken Stew)
Fesenjan, a traditional Persian recipe, is an amazingly delicious chicken stew.
Tender chicken is cooked in a nutty, rich, sweet and sour sauce made with pomegranate, molasses and walnuts. And don’t forget to top it off with some fresh pomegranate seeds. Then serve it over rice and enjoy!
And no need to get intimidated by this recipe, all you need is some time and patience to whip up this exotic comfort food.
3. Havij Polo (Persian Jewelled Carrot Rice with Saffron Chicken)
Havij Polo is an incredibly tasty Persian recipe that you just have to try.
With just a few easy steps you can create this delicious and fluffy chicken and yellow rice dish. Top with fried nuts and sweet sultanas for an explosion of color and taste.
Trust us, it’s seriously mouth-watering with amazing Persian flavors. Enjoy!
4. Persian Saffron Chicken (Zereshk Polo Ba Morgh)
Check out this awesome recipe for Persian Saffron Chicken. It’s a delicious combination of flavors and spices that will blow your taste buds away.
Start by cooking your chicken in a saffron sauce with a special mix of spices. Serve on a plate of saffron rice with tangy dried barberries and pair with a shirazi salad. Delicious!
5. Kashke Bademjan (Persian Eggplant Dip)
Try this super crowd pleaser, Kashke Bademjan, at your next party. It’s a delicious Persian Eggplant Dip that will quickly disappear.
This yummy appetizer is the perfect blend of eggplant, caramelized onions and other goodies that give it a super tangy flavor. And this recipe is irresistible when paired with pita or warm Persian bread. Enjoy!
6. Tahdig (Crispy Persian Rice)
Tahdig is an irresistible Persian rice recipe filled with tangy Middle Eastern flavors and a beautiful golden crust.
This unique dish, with saffron, turmeric, and yogurt, is the perfect combo of crispy and fluffy textures. It will make an impressive dish for a special meal plus it’s actually pretty easy to make.
7. Makaroni (Persian Spaghetti)
This yummy pasta dish is like a Persian twist on spaghetti Bolognese!
Using a Bolognese style sauce, the soft spaghetti is coated and then cooked to produce a crispy bottom. Hints of cinnamon, turmeric, and saffron create a unique and delicious Persian version.
8. Kuku Sabzi (Persian Baked Omelet)
Kuku Sabzi is a classic Persian omelet enjoyed during Nowruz (Persian New Year). It’s a super tasty baked omelet that’s light and bursting with flavor!
Loaded with fresh herbs, walnuts, and dried cranberries, this recipe is easy to make. It’s perfect for a special brunch and pairs well with fruits, salads and breads.
9. Joojeh Kabab (Persian Chicken Kabobs)
Joojeh Kabab is a delectable Persian chicken kabob that’s incredibly tender and packed with a unique saffron flavor.
The chicken is marinated overnight in a juicy yogurt and saffron marinade, resulting in incredibly succulent and flavor-packed grilled chicken.
The best part? You can whip it up in no time, even without a grill.
10. Kotlet (Persian Meat Patties)
You have to try these ultimate Persian Meat Patties, Kotlet! These patties are perfectly spiced and flavored and then pan-fried to juicy perfection!
Enjoy it as a side dish, an appetizer, or in sandwiches. Or make a huge batch for make-ahead meals as it’s freezer-friendly too.
We bet this one will be one of your new favorite Persian recipes.
11. Adas Polo (Persian-style Lentil and Rice)
Adas Polo is a dish that is just perfect for family get-togethers or when the weather gets chilly and calls for a comforting meal.
This Persian-style lentil and rice dish with minced meat, dates, raisins and crispy onions creates a burst of flavors. It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory, enhanced by the luxurious touch of saffron and rose water.
And the best part, it’s super easy to make and ridiculously delicious!
12. Dopiazeh Aloo (Persian Potato Curry)
Dopiazeh Aloo is a deliciously flavorful and mildly spicy potato curry from Southern Iran.
With fresh aromatics like ginger, garlic and fragrant warming spices, we’re pretty sure this boldly flavored, colorful, and easy recipe will become a regular in your home.
Give this versatile and satisfying vegetarian recipe a try. It pairs well with a variety of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean mains.
13. Persian Chicken
This tasty, spiced Persian Chicken recipe is packed with flavor and is super easy to whip up. And it only requires 30 minutes of hands-on time before popping it in the oven.
First, coat the chicken in a homemade Persian spice blend and give it a quick sear in a pan. Then, nestle it into saffron-seasoned rice and bake for 30 minutes. Done.
It’s a one-pan meal that’s full of heartwarming Persian spices. Enjoy!
14. Mast o Khiar (Persian Yogurt and Cucumber Dip)
Mast o Khiar is a deliciously refreshing Persian dip made with yogurt and cucumber. It brings a lot of color to your table and tastes pretty awesome too.
This one is super easy and quick to make and goes perfectly with main dishes. It’s also delicious as an appetizer with some chips or pita bread. Give it a try!
15. Koofteh Tabrizi – Persian Meatball
Check out the amazing flavors of Koofteh Tabrizi, a famous Persian meatball dish hailing from Tabriz in northwest Iran.
These tasty meatballs are made with ground beef mixed with a delicious blend of herbs, spices, and pulses. Stuffed with prunes, walnuts, and fried onions, they’re then cooked in a tangy tomato sauce.
This traditional recipe comes out deliciously satisfying and is great for family get-togethers or social events.
16. Persian Love Cake
This Persian love cake is seriously mouthwatering and stunningly delicious! It’s perfectly dense, moist, and drizzled with the most heavenly sweet glaze. So tantalizing, you won’t be able to resist!
This cake is super easy to make, and chances are, you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Just grab some rose water in advance and you’re good to go.
17. Sabzi Polo (Persian Herb Rice)
Sabzi Polo is a classic Persian recipe that’s all about the flavorful blend of finely chopped fresh herbs. Picture this, fluffy rice with a crispy saffron layer on top. It’s seriously amazing!
And once you get the hang of making Iranian rice dishes, it’s going be tough to go back to any other cooking method. Why? Because of that mouthwatering crispy rice layer, aka tahdig, that forms during cooking. It’s simply delicious!
18. Khoresh Bademjan (Eggplant Stew)
Khoresh Bademjan is an amazingly delicious, classic Persian stew. Cooked with eggplants, meat, tomatoes, spices, and other yummy ingredients, this recipe is as good as it gets.
Give it a try with saffron rice and tahdig for a fantastic comforting Persian meal and enjoy!
19. Baklava Recipe (Persian Style)
This Persian version of Baklava is absolutely heavenly!
It’s got flaky layers of pastry with toasted nuts, soaked in syrup and infused with the fragrant aromas of rose water, cardamom, and ghee. Plus, it’s not too sweet and has an amazing unique flavor.
This divine recipe is the perfect dessert for a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean feast. Enjoy!
20. Barbari (Persian bread)
Barbari is a traditional Persian bread recipe that’s not only versatile, it’s super easy to make at home.
This bread is slightly crispy on the outside and is fluffy and soft on the inside. It has just the right touch of saltiness and is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. So why wait?
21. Lubia Polo (Persian Green Bean Rice)
If you’re looking for a versatile recipe that can be a main dish as well as a side, then look no further. Lubia Polo (Persian Green Bean Rice) is a mouthwatering Iranian rice dish made with beef or lamb and green beans in a flavorful tomato sauce.
It’s the perfect Persian recipe for a cozy weeknight dinner paired with Barbari and a Shirazi salad!
22. Koobideh – Persian Ground Beef Kabob
These Persian Ground Beef Kabobs, also called Koobideh, are a hit at Persian restaurants!
They’re grilled to juicy perfection and require just 5 ingredients. Plus, you can use ground lamb if you prefer. So delicious!
This recipe has some awesome tips and tricks to help you whip up the best Koobideh at home. So, why not give it a shot?
23. Persian Ghormeh Sabzi
Iranian cuisine is famous for its fancy rice dishes and tasty stews. And Persian Ghormeh Sabzi is one of the absolute favorites for good reason.
The foundation of this tasty stew are fresh herbs cooked down to intensify the flavor. It’s mixed with minced or seared beef or lamb and seasoned with turmeric. The dried Persian limes give it a unique tanginess and the red beans make this dish super satisfying and filling.
Serve over white rice and enjoy!
24. Ash Reshteh – Persian Noodle Soup
Persian noodle soup, known as Ash Reshteh, is like no other noodle soup you’ve ever tasted.
The special ingredients in this recipe are the unique and recognizable flavors of kashk, Persian fried onions, and reshteh noodles. They’re what make it stand out!
And it’s packed with nutritious and delicious greens, beans, and chickpeas, making this noodle soup a complete wholesome meal.
25. Persian Lamb Shanks
This slow-cooked Persian Lamb Shank recipe is a classic recipe and will definitely be the star of your Persian feast!
In this, tender lamb shanks are braised in a flavorful and lightly spiced broth. Next, it’s slow-cooked, making it juicier and more flavorful. Delicious!
So if you’re looking for a new recipe for lamb shanks, make it Persian style!
Tachin is a Persian saffron rice dish that is a total showstopper!
It’s so flavorful, that you can savor it on its own or pair it with highly seasoned main dishes. And let’s not forget the crust –it’s so crunchy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. Yum!
This recipe is a must try, you’ll be glad you did.
27. Mirza Ghasemi
Mirza Ghasemi is a delicious vegetarian dip recipe from the northern region of Iran.
It’s made with smoked aubergines (eggplants), tomatoes, eggs and garlic. So good!
Perfect for your mezze spread or as a tasty starter with Persian bread or pita.
28. Khoresh e Beh (Persian Quince & Plum Stew)
This Persian Quince and Beef stew is guaranteed to please everyone at the dinner table!
The flavors in Khoresh e Beh are absolutely magical! The quince and plums add a tangy and sweet taste. And the pomegranate molasses gives this stew its deliciously sweet and sour flavor.
Slow simmering the stew brings out a tender, juicy texture in the beef and softens the quince as it soaks up all that amazing flavor.
Serve with a generous portion of Persian rice for the perfect pairing and enjoy!
29. Persian Lamb Stew
For the holidays, why not give this Persian Lamb Stew a try instead of your usual dishes? Trust us, your taste buds will be forever grateful!
Tender cubes of lamb are cooked with fragrant spices, ground walnuts, and pomegranate molasses. This give some extra punch of flavor to this fantastic stew.
It’s super easy to make on the stove, Instant Pot or slow cooker. Pair it with golden rice for a delicious feast.
30. Jewelled Rice Pilaf
Persian Jeweled Rice is an absolutely amazing rice pilaf with vibrant gem-like fruits and nuts on top.
The combination of colors, tantalizing textures, and amazing flavors make it just perfect for the holiday season.
This Persian recipe is s gluten-free, vegan, and oh-so-delicious! Trust us, everyone will love it.
31. Shirazi Salad
Check out this super fresh and totally addictive Shirazi Salad. It’s a popular Persian recipe that you don’t want to miss!
The star ingredients are tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions diced into tiny cubes and sprinkled with herbs. Top with a dressing that is a mix of olive oil, Ab Ghooreh (an unripe sour grape juice), and a pinch of salt.
This salad is the perfect side dish to go with any Middle Eastern meal.
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- 1.5lbs ground beef or ground lamb
- ½ small onion, grated and squeezed
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- ½ Tbsp sumac (optional)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Store it covered in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or overnight for enhanced flavors.
- If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Divide the mixture into 8 roughly even balls. Mold each ball into a cylinder. Insert the skewer into the kebab. They should be about 1 inch in thickness.
- Place the kofta kebabs on the preheated, oiled griddle pan (see notes for oven and grill instructions). Cook until cooked and browned throughout, rotating the skewers with tongs every 2-3 minutes, for a total of 8-10 mins. The cooking time will depend upon the thickness of kebabs.
- Serve immediately with side fixings like tomato, cucumber, onion, tzatziki, feta, saffron rice or pita bread.
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