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.
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.
It’s finally warm again, and what could be better than a cooling, refreshing, and rich ice cream shake? My Majoon – banana date ice cream shake with Lotus Biscoff معجون با لوتوس also helps to keep you cool. Majoon, sometimes called Vitamineh, is a popular energy shake from Iran. This delicious and natural ice cream shake is made with bananas, dates, nuts, vanilla ice cream, cream, Lotus Biscoff caramel biscuits ( unpaid ad), and caramel Topping. Prepare my creamy caramel ice cream shake before drinking to avoid the ingredients separating again. Stay cool!
Do you crave for a refreshing summer drink on hot summer days? We drink Sharbat-e Khakshir Nabat – Persian Summer Drink in Iran when it’s hot. A healthy and delicious Persian refreshment drink made from Sophia herb seeds, fresh spring water, rose water, lemon juice (optional), ice cubes, and saffron candied sticks. This drink cools you from the inside, is quick to prepare, tastes delicious, and will quench your thirst. The seeds are heavy, and sink to the bottom of the glass and should be stirred just before drinking. The stirring makes them dance their way to the top. If you travel to Iran, you should try Sharbat-e Khakshir Nabat – Persian Summer Drink in a Ab Miveh Forooshi (juice bar), you can get this cool refreshing drink at every corner. Find here some more Sharbat recipes on my blog.
*Ad in Cooperation with Aldi-Süd* As the summer temperatures call for a cooling down, my recipe Borani Kadoo – Zucchini Yoghurt Dip بورانی کدو hits the spot. Best of all, the simple and healthy dip already has veggies in it. Make it with “Nur Nur Natur organic yogurt”, and pack the savory dip with courgette, carrots, and fresh herbs like dill and parsley. In addition to salt and pepper, garlic adds a spicy touch. You can prepare this refreshing dip with organic yogurt with minimal effort and get maximum attention at a barbecue party. Since grilled food harmonizes perfectly with spicy yogurt, cut a courgette lengthwise into three pieces and barbecue it. You’ll love this contrast between hot and cold on your tongue. This recipe is a big hit at barbecues!
Do you have too much zucchini in your garden and are looking for zucchini recipes? In that case, I have the perfect recipe for you today. My all-time favorite Mezze, as we say Mazeh is Kuku Kadoo Sabz- Persian Zucchini Frittata. I prepared Kuku Kadoo Sabz – Persian Zucchini Frittata for the blog event Mezze shared by Zora and me after the Adasi – Persian lentil spread. Oriental spices and fresh herbs are the “secret” ingredients, and the Kuku is quick to prepare and super healthy. In Iran, we bake Kuku with a lot of fat in a pan. I created a low-calorie and shape-friendly option and baked the kuku in a casserole dish in the oven. Kuku is low carb, vegetarian, and rich in protein. Watch Video on Instagram
Let’s start pickling today! I came across this incredibly delicious Piccalilli – English Mustard Pickle as I visited London. So I want to share the recipe with you, as the pickling is simple to prepare and super healthy. I made the British version, which originates from India. You need fresh vegetables like cauliflower, diced zucchini, red bell pepper, carrot, and onion to prepare it. Their delicious taste comes from a broth of apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, mustard seeds, mustard powder, turmeric, coriander, sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Piccalilli has a mild spiciness, a nice crunchy texture, an intense yellow color, and is bound creamy. Simply delicious!
Summer is salad time, so the kitchen stays cold, and a tomato salad with pomegranate sumac dressing is a welcome refreshment. Large, small, black, and colorful sun-ripened tomatoes, soft mild onions, and an oriental Dressing of pomegranate molasses, grated tomato, best olive oil, and tart sumac finish the taste. Tomato salad with a sweet fruity pomegranate dressing is not only refreshing, but it is also prepared in a snap and is even vegan. All these ingredients transform a simple tomato salad into a unique dish. Watch How to prep Video on Instagram