Lately, the weather has been dull, chilly, and rainy. Are you craving some comfort food that feels like a warm hug for both your body and soul, just like sun rays on a gloomy day? Kalam Polo Shirazi – Saffron Herb Rice with Pointed Cabbage and Meatballs, is a simple, tasty, and popular Persian rice dish. “Kalam” means cabbage, and “polo” is our beloved rice. You can make Kalam Polo with white cabbage or kohlrabi, but I enjoy the taste of pointed cabbage. I recently got a lovely pointed cabbage from the farmer’s market. Watch Preparation Video on Instagram
Welcome to the magical world of baking, where the classic Bundt cake becomes an oriental dream! My Middle Eastern Style Bundt cake takes you into the Arabian Nights with exotic flavors and enchanting aromas. For my Middle Eastern Bundt cake, you need soft butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, flour, and baking powder. To create that oriental flair, add cardamom and rose water to the batter. Your kitchen will be filled with a mix of spices and floral fragrances, giving it the aroma of an oriental fairy tale. A delightful buttercream infused with rose water covers the bundt cake, adorned with crushed pistachios and rose petals. This ensures the cake stays moist and tastes absolutely delicious. My oriental bundt cake is not just visually stunning; it’s also a genuine taste adventure. It’s sure to be a showstopper on your dessert table! Watch Preparation Video on Instagram
Fall is not all about the golden side, as it is currently gray, windy, and wet. So, how about a warm soup that warms both body and soul? Today’s recipe – Soup-e Djo Parak – Persian barley flake soup سوپ جو پرک – makes you feel cozy. The soup is rich, thanks to barley flakes, chicken breasts, and a carrot. Spices such as turmeric and tomato paste add a delicious aroma and a beautiful color. The barley soup is sprinkled with chopped parsley and served with freshly squeezed lime juice. A healthy soup that also helps cure a cold. Watch Preparation Video on Instagram
BOO! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Are you searching for a recipe for Halloween and your horror party? Why not bake my Pumpkin Donut Ghosts and Monsters for Halloween? My monsters and ghosts look more cute than scary and are perfect for the softies among Halloween fans. You need pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar, olive oil, flour, baking powder, and homemade Pumpkin Spice for this. The spices I use for the homemade Pumpkin Spice are Cinnamon, Nutmeg, powdered cloves, and powdered ginger. Just mix them and add to the dough. For this recipe, you need pumpkin puree from a nutmeg pumpkin. Since I tend to make lots of pumpkin puree on hand and freeze it, I can start baking the donuts right away. If you don’t have pumpkin puree on hand, you can find the recipe here.
It’s Fall! Can you smell it? Leaves change color, fog shrouds the city in the gloom, and it gets dark earlier. I love all seasons; each has its character. Welcome Fall with my delicious Fall Salad with Apple, Feta, and Caramelized Pistachios. I combine my autumnal salad, based on lettuce mix and lamb’s lettuce, with grated carrots and apple slices. Top it with sweet raisins soaked in apple juice, salty feta, sour pomegranate seeds, and crunchy caramelized pistachios. A savory-sweet honey mustard dressing rounds it out. A perfect combination of flavors and a true treat! I mean, who can resist this? Watch preparation on Instagram
Happy World Bread Day 2023! Zorra from Blog Kochtopf has invited to bake bread as usual. I celebrate this great day here and here with many other bloggers and prepared Nan-e Keshta – Skillet Pumpkin Flatbread. The skillet pumpkin flatbread doesn’t require any yeast or baking powder, which makes it just rise a little bit. This bread is a traditional street food from Gilan, in the north of Iran, by the Caspian Sea. The bread is called Nan-e Keshta (نان کِشتا) in Gilani and is also known as Nan-e Khorfe (نان خُرفه) or -Kholfe (خُلفه). In addition, I have a stuffed version of pumpkin flatbread for you today. The filling is with ground walnuts, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. So you get two dishes from one dough. This way, both team sweeties and team savory can enjoy the meal.
Autumn is knocking on the door, and happily, it’s also the start of pumpkin season. If you’re looking for autumnal recipes with pumpkin, this is the place to be. In autumn, we crave colorful comfort food to beat the gray days. My Khoresht-e Kadu Halvai – Pumpkin Chicken Pan خورش کدو حلوایی is a feast for the eyes with its warm yellow-orange hue, makes your tummy feel good, and is great for the soul. In any case, it’s a quick and easy one-pan comfort food that you should try. Watch Video on Instagram
We start pickling vegetables for the winter in late summer and autumn. Torshi Liteh – pickled vegetables ترشی لیته, which is very popular in Iran, is quite tasty. Torshi comes from the word torsh, which means sour, and so it is. If you like pickles, you’ll love my torshi recipe. The vegetables and spice mixes in torshi can vary depending on the region and preferences. The preparation is simple and quick as a flash.
Last week, I showed you the recipe for Shir Berenj – rice pudding with rose water and cardamom and served it with grape syrup. Today, I’ll show you how to make an easy Shir-e Angoor – Sugar Free Grape syrup شیره انگور. Shir-e Angoor is also called Doshab and is a grape syrup with a thick consistency made from grape juice with no additives. I used black grapes from the market, though it also works with white grapes or a mixture of white and black grapes. Shir-e Angoor tastes fruity and sweet, with a mild acidity similar to golden syrup (sugar beet syrup) but with a hint of caramel. When enjoyed in small portions, grape syrup has a lot of health benefits. The preparation is simple yet time-consuming.
Yatimcheh – Vegan Eggplant Stew یتیمچه is a vegan Persian recipe that you can prepare in no time. It is a popular and wide-spread traditional recipe from across the country in Iran. In addition, it is an inexpensive and tasty dish with simple ingredients, as we use everything from the fields and meadows. It tastes great in late summer with sweet, fresh tomatoes. Yatimcheh is a one-pot dish, and the ingredients are layered up in a pan or pot. The main ingredients are eggplants, tomatoes, multicoloured peppers, potatoes, onions and garlic. Turmeric provides for slightly sweet, spicy and tangy notes. The ingredients are similar to French ratatouille, but the taste is quite different. Well, do you like my healthy and shape-friendly dish now? Head to the kitchen and get started right away.