People who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez

Vegan Qottab (Walnut-filled Persian Pastry)

Qottab is one of Iran’s most popular desserts. Outwardly, they resemble powdered donut holes, but they are traditional Persian pastries filled with walnuts and infused with cardamom and rosewater. This dessert originates from the Yazd region in central Iran. Recreating Persian recipes without meat, dairy, and eggs and sharing the recipes on the blog has … Continue reading Vegan Qottab (Walnut-filled Persian Pastry)

Summer Sprinkle Cookies

Rainbow sprinkles remind me of summer; childhood memories of soft serve ice cream covered in specks of color. Desserts always seems more joyous, fun, delicious, when covered in rainbow sprinkles. It is no wonder then that the first recipe I tried from my vegan Italian cookbook, Mangiamo, were the sprinkle-covered Italian Love Knots. I of … Continue reading Summer Sprinkle Cookies

Vegan Haleem

Vegan Haleem

Haleem is a meat and wheat porridge popular in India, Iran, and other parts of the Middle East. There are many different varieties based on the different countries and regions. In Iran, Haleem is traditionally served for breakfast and can be enjoyed savory or sweet with traditional oatmeal toppings. It is similar to cream of … Continue reading Vegan Haleem

Iranian Halva

“Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble and there is always time.” – Abdul-Baha Persian cooking is a labor of love, and my grandmother was the epitome of selflessness and love. She enjoyed cooking for her family, and she regularly made Iranian Halva. Only later, when I made Iranian Halva myself, did I … Continue reading Iranian Halva

vegan abgoosht

Vegan Abgoosht (Persian Meat Stew without the Meat)

Abgoosht translates into “meat water” in English. It is an easy one-pot Persian dish traditionally made with tender meat, potatoes, legumes, and spices. This dish, however, is wonderful without the meat, and I have had people tell me they prefer this vegan version. This past weekend, I enjoyed a four-day family reunion on a ranch … Continue reading Vegan Abgoosht (Persian Meat Stew without the Meat)

Vegan Biscuits

Daisy Biscuits

I often feel nostalgic for my childhood. The simpleness of life. Great cartoons, toys, clothes, music, and movies from the 1980s that I enjoy sharing with my children now. I remember a cookbook that I had as a child that I LOVED. I never actually cooked anything in it other than the Tic Tac Toe … Continue reading Daisy Biscuits

Salad Shirazi

Salad Shirazi

If Iran had a national salad, it would be this: Salad Shirazi!  A no-lettuce salad, it originates from Shiraz in Southern Iran. It adds texture and flavor to any Persian (or even Indian) dish. It is particularly popular in the summer along with skewers of (plant-based) kabob. I personally love it with dry rice dishes … Continue reading Salad Shirazi

Teaspoon Pancakes

Pancakes with berries and whipped cream, its my kids’ breakfast dream. A friend once asked me what I eat for breakfast as a vegan. I said anything you eat for breakfast, I can eat vegan. I love this teaspoon pancake recipe because it makes the perfect bite-sized pancakes for my kids. No cutting up my … Continue reading Teaspoon Pancakes

Vegan Baghlava Baklava

Persian Baghlava

Happy International Women’s Day! I recently heard someone call March “a mighty month.” She was referring to the celebration of women during the month, but I love that March is also a significant time for Baha’is around the world. In March, Baha’is fast for 19 days, abstaining from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset … Continue reading Persian Baghlava

Vegan Rajma

Easy Rajma Masala

Rajma is the name for red kidney beans in Hindi. Rajma masala is a protein rich, kidney bean curry, traditionally made vegetarian if not vegan (depending on whether dairy or ghee is used). I got this rajma recipe from my law school friend 8 years ago when I first became vegan. She is a great … Continue reading Easy Rajma Masala

Persian Rosewater bundt cake

Persian Rosewater Bundt Cake

My grandmother enjoyed cooking and feeding her family, friends, and neighbors. She loved to host dinner parties and prayer gatherings, and every time, she made this rosewater bundt cake, dusted with powdered sugar. It was her signature cake, served at every “mehmooni” (which means a gathering or party in Persian). My grandmother is one of … Continue reading Persian Rosewater Bundt Cake

Persian Vegan Food Fesenjoon

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

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)

Vegan pot pie

Holiday Chick’n Pot Pie

Who doesn’t love a pot pie? Marie Calendar’s frozen Chicken Pot Pies were my favorite in college. I remember eating them for lunch and dinner while studying for final exams and the Law School Admissions Test. Thankfully, I have a delicious, plant-based chick’n pot pie recipe that is easy and perfect for the holiday season. … Continue reading Holiday Chick’n Pot Pie

Torshi (Pickled Vegetables)

Torshi is a pickled vegetable side dish enjoyed in Persian culture. It is the hot sauce or chutney of Persian food. The word “torshi” is derived from the Persian word “torsh,” which means sour. Iran has hundreds of different types of torshi with variations in flavors and the vegetables and seasonings used. Making homemade torshi … Continue reading Torshi (Pickled Vegetables)

Persian Vegan Baghlava Cake

Persian Baklavah Cake

Love trumps hate; let’s eat cake and celebrate. Today, I celebrate for women. Today, I celebrate for immigrants. Today, I celebrate for refugees. Today, I celebrate for children. Today, I celebrate for Black lives. Today, I celebrate for democracy. Today, I celebrate for science. Today, I celebrate for breaking barriers. Today, I celebrate for human … Continue reading Persian Baklavah Cake

Cinnamon Roll Scones

My 6 year-old daughter Layli loves to cook. Every Friday afternoon, we cook together. She is already planning to take over the blog and started to write recipes for us to share. 🙂 We enjoy making kale chips, cookies, lemonade, vegan Rice Krispies, and veganizing some of my own childhood recipes. These cinnamon rolls are … Continue reading Cinnamon Roll Scones

Vegan Persian Sabzi Polo

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

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)

Vegan Adas Polo

Adas Polo (Persian Rice with Lentils)

Lentils are a legume and a nutritional powerhouse. They are an excellent source of iron and protein. Lentils were traditionally called the “poor man’s meat.” I like to think of it as the “more mindful meat alternative.” Thankfully, my kids enjoy lentils, and we eat it often; yellow lentils, green lentils, brown lentils. This Persian … Continue reading Adas Polo (Persian Rice with Lentils)

Vegan Persian Qaymeh Bademjan

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

Veggie Thai Red Curry

Last week, my kids and I made a gratitude list. We have been reading the book “30 Days to a Better World Starting with Me.” One of the days was to make a gratitude list because gratitude brings happiness, and happy people try to make others happy. When I asked my 3 year old son … Continue reading Veggie Thai Red Curry

Tofu Daal Aloo Mattar

My mom created this recipe after tasting one of the frozen meals I would buy to eat during lunch at work. 🙂 This recipe, of course, is a better, fresher, healthier version and is now one of my favorite dishes. When my mom cooks for my family, I often ask her to make this dish. … Continue reading Tofu Daal Aloo Mattar

Persian Stuffed Vegetables Dolmeh

Dolmeh (Stuffed Vegetables)

Dolmeh is a stuffed vegetable dish enjoyed in many cultures. I remember growing up, my grandmother always made Persian dolmeh with stuffed tomatoes, bell peppers, and cabbage. My favorite was the stuffed cabbage. The stuffing in Persian dolmeh is generally made with rice, yellow split peas and meat. The meat can be easily excluded for … Continue reading Dolmeh (Stuffed Vegetables)

Vegan Impossible Kabobs

Happy Friday, everybody! Does that mean much anymore? 🤨 For me, Friday is “Fitness Friday.” A reminder to make time for the (garage) gym today. I like setting goals by association. How do you set goals and reminders? If you are doing a “meat-free Friday,” below is how we prepared our Impossible Kabobs on the … Continue reading Vegan Impossible Kabobs

Vegan frittata

Egg-free Frittata

We are sharing another recipe using the awesome egg-replacer “Just Egg.” It has been so exciting recreating our favorite foods egg-free. Removing egg from our household was very hard not because we loved eating eggs, but because I did not know how to replace the eggs in our breakfast or some of our favorite Persian … Continue reading Egg-free Frittata

Vegetable Biryani

Vegan Biryani

An Indian-Persian fusion Vegetable Biryani at the request of my Indian-Persian fusion family-in-law. 🙂 It makes us so excited when people have tried our plant-based food and loved it as much as we do! Biryani is a mixed rice dish from India (not a Persian dish), but my mom lived in India for nine (9) … Continue reading Vegan Biryani

Persian Ash Reshteh with piaz sir dagh

Ash-e-Reshteh – Persian Noodle Soup

I always think of Ash-e-Reshteh as the accidental vegan Persian dish. “Ash” means a thick soup and “reshteh” means noodles. Ash-e-Reshteh is a thick noodle soup, filled with herbs and legumes. It is often prepared during times of celebration. I remember my grandmother making Ash-e-Reshteh for Bahai gatherings or special occasions like Naw Ruz (Persian … Continue reading Ash-e-Reshteh – Persian Noodle Soup

Persian Rice - polo and tahdig

Persian Rice (Polo 101)

It is so exciting to see all the people following the blog who are new to Persian cooking! I am so happy people are interested in plant-based cooking and Persian cooking on top of that! So I wanted to go back to the basics of Persian cooking and share a recipe for making traditional Persian … Continue reading Persian Rice (Polo 101)

Vegan Persian Kabob - Vegan Joojeh Kabob

Vegan Beyond Beef Kabob

We are finally back in our home after living in an apartment the last 13 months, and I was so excited to start grilling, but when we pulled out the BBQ grill, it was covered in grease, fat, and leftover meat from prior Airbnb guests renting our home. Unfortunately, the grill was too disgusting to … Continue reading Vegan Beyond Beef Kabob

Vegan Just Eggs and Potatoes

Vegan Egg and Potatoes

Between reading the news to moving across the country with 3 kids during a pandemic, I am mentally and physically drained. If you follow me on Instagram (@plant_basedpersian), you may know that my kids and I recently flew on United Airlines as we moved across the country. On the flight, the man sitting behind us … Continue reading Vegan Egg and Potatoes