Khoresh-e-Fesenjoon (Persian Pomegranate and Walnut Stew)

Persian Vegan Food Fesenjoon

Khoresh-e-Fesenjoon is one of my favorite Persian dishes, and it is surprisingly one of the simpler recipes. It is made with pomegranate molasses and can be quite tart. This recipe adds pumpkin purée and maple syrup to add a hint of sweetness. Khoresh-e-Fesenjoon is traditionally made with meat (chicken or meatballs). While we typically replaced … Continue reading Khoresh-e-Fesenjoon (Persian Pomegranate and Walnut Stew)

Tacheen with Zereshk (Persian Rice with Barberry)

When I became vegetarian, there was one Persian dish I really missed - Tacheen. But here I am, 12 years later, sharing a delicious plant-based Tacheen recipe!! Tacheen is a simple Persian rice dish layered with marinated chicken and rich with saffron. “Zereshk” are barberries in Persian. Zereshk Polo is traditionally a separate Persian rice … Continue reading Tacheen with Zereshk (Persian Rice with Barberry)

Sabzi Baghali Polo (Persian Rice with Herbs and Fava Beans)

Vegan Persian Sabzi Polo

Baghali Polo is a traditional Persian rice dish made with fava beans. Sabzi Polo is a separate Persian rice dish made with various herbs. Both are traditionally served with a side of meat. Sabzi Polo is commonly served with fish and is a classic dish to celebrate NowRooz (Persian New Year). We have combined these … Continue reading Sabzi Baghali Polo (Persian Rice with Herbs and Fava Beans)

Shirini Donmarki (for my Grandma with love)

This beautiful painting is by my great aunt (my grandfather’s sister). During difficult times, I often think of my grandfather and my grandmother. The challenges they faced. Their strength and resilience. This post is part recipe, part reflection. I had never heard of Shirini Donmarki (a Persian pastry) until my mom made it for my … Continue reading Shirini Donmarki (for my Grandma with love)

Khoresh-e-Ghaymeh Bademjan (Split Pea and Eggplant Stew)

In Persian cuisine, this khoresh (Persian stew) is typically prepared as two separate dishes - Khoresh-e-Bademjan (eggplant stew) and Khoresh-e-Qaymeh (split pea stew). Each is made with meat and is a tomato-based stew. Each are incredibly popular dishes. To be honest, however, I did not like Khoresh-e-Bademjan as a child. The texture of the eggplant, … Continue reading Khoresh-e-Ghaymeh Bademjan (Split Pea and Eggplant Stew)