Parisa's Persian Kitchen

Parisa Nobakht recipes

traditional Persian meals

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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
Persian cutlets

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

lentil rice
lentil rice

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

ghormeh sabzi
ghormeh sabzi

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

abgoosht
abgoosht

the easiest and fastest so-called traditional Persian abgoosht deconstructed

baghali ghatogh
baghali ghatogh

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

yoghurt and cucumber dip
yoghurt and cucumber dip

this delicious and refreshing dip can be paired with spicy rice dishes kebabs

saffron rice pudding
saffron rice pudding

deeply aromatic, sweet and gold Persian rice pudding (shole zard)

khagineh
khagineh

the simplest and most basic Persian sweet omelette from beautiful Tabriz

Olvieh salad
Olvieh

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

green bean meatball rice
green bean rice

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

pan fried kebabs with rice
pan-fried kebabs with rice

for any Iranian the smell of kebabs evokes nostalgic memories of the outdoors

green kuku
green kuku

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

zucchini bread
zucchini bread

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

persian marinated olives
Persian marinated olives

the combination of pomegranate and walnut with olives is utterly mysterious

pistachio jewled cookies
pistachio-jewelled biscuits

these gluten-free biscuits are a speciality of Tabriz, located in the northwest of Iran

taftan bread
taftan bread

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

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workshops


if you think preparing delicious Iranian food is complicated and labour-intensive, think again and join me at my weekly workshops


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meal kit


delicious, quick and easy-to-cook dishes with the freshest ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes are brought to your home whenever suitable


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stressed out, no time or don't feel like cooking: have my warm, fresh, healthy, home-made and delicious meals delivered at your door


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cookbook


quick and easy Persian food is possible: an easy-going, stripped-down take on Persian food using few ingredients in 50 recipes


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