Parisa's Persian Kitchen

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Parisa Nobakht recipes

traditional Persian meals


Ask any Iranian mother and they’ll tell you ingredients of traditional recipes must never be substituted. As fond as I am of my mother and grandmother, when I moved to Holland, I had to stray from tradition. The methods I developed made cooking fast and simple, using few ingredients. Using tinned ingredients was highly frowned upon in our household, considered lazy and testifying a lack of taste.

But there is much more to life than spending hours in the kitchen preparing a single meal. And so I began breaking the rules of Persian cuisine. For the past years I have been experimenting, tweaking and developing recipes reflecting the simple Dutch approach to food, applied to the traditional Persian meals I grew up eating. This is a result of that journey: an easy-going, stripped-down take on Persian food using few ingredients and knowing when it is okay to stray from the rulebook. It is possible to cook, share and enjoy traditional Persian food with minimal effort.

Persian cutlets

cold or warm Iranian version of ground meat patty named a Persian cutlet

lentil rice

aromatic and nutritious easy-to-make Persian rice dish with raisins infused with cinnamon

ghormeh sabzi

tangy, savory and citrusy stew made with sautéed herbs, kidney beans and lamb chunks


the easiest and fastest so-called traditional Persian abgoosht deconstructed

baghali ghatogh

easy no-frills vegetarian stew with beans, garlic and dill-scented eggs


the simplest and most basic Persian sweet omelette from beautiful Tabriz

Olvieh salad

a classic childhood favourite Persian meal, an all-time beloved recipe revamped

green bean meatball rice

served on a large platter with a simple chopped cucumber and tomato salad

green kuku

Persian Kuku is a healthy combination of vegetables and spices with eggs

zucchini bread

modify this Afghan bread, if desired, using yellow summer squash, scallions and herbs

taftan bread

taftan flatbread is a traditional Iranian staple and made with simple ingredients



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