This recipe is a twist on the traditional Western cinnamon roll and a traditional Persian Qottab. This Persian cinnamon roll is like a deconstructed Qottab with cardamom, rosewater, and walnut flavors. This recipe for Persian cinnamon rolls is tasty, easy, light, flaky, and perfect with a cup of tea.
Shirini-e-Papioni is a Persian bow-tie puff pastry dusted with powdered sugar. This dessert is only slightly sweet and perfect with a cup of tea. Our plant-based version is a twist on the traditional, using a vegan puff pastry.
This vegan Persian Adas Polo with Tofu recipe is a plant-based version of the traditional Persian lentil rice dish, replacing meat with seasoned, baked tofu crumbles.
Easy Vegan Shepherd's Pie, featuring a layered casserole of French lentils, vegetables, and mashed potatoes, provides a hearty, enjoyable holiday meal.
This unique vegan Cardamom Persimmon Pie recipe spices up traditional apple pie using Asian Fuyu persimmons and Iranian spice cardamom. It can be served alone, with vegan whipped cream or ice cream.
Sholeh Zard is a popular, easy-to-make, vegan-friendly Persian dessert. It's a saffron and rosewater rice pudding, traditionally garnished with cinnamon, almonds, and edible roses.
This is a recipe for vegan Qottab, a popular Iranian dessert, featuring walnuts, cardamom and rosewater, traditionally enjoyed during Now-Ruz.
Karafs is “celery” in Persian. Khoresh-e-Karafs is a celery stew that is flavorful, tangy and delicious. Even my kids like this dish! It is very similar to Khoresh-e-Ghormeh Sabzi as it is also made with cilantro and parsley. This dish, however, also has mint leaves. Like every Persian Khoresh, this dish is traditionally made with … Continue reading Khoresh-e-Karafs with Jackfruit
If tofu in Persian food is wrong, then I don't want to be right. Kalam Polo is a mixed Persian rice dish. Kalam is cabbage and polo is rice in Farsi. It is traditionally made with meat, but our vegan version is made with tofu for that added protein. The cabbage is sauteed and cooked … Continue reading Vegan Kalam Polo (Cabbage Rice)
Growing up, my aunt made Noon-e-Khamei, and it was my favorite Persian dessert as a child. It is a Persian recipe I have wanted to veganize for many years. I had no idea how challenging it would be as the traditional Persian recipe calls for 4-5 eggs. Then I discovered Just Egg. It is a … Continue reading Noon-e-Khamei (Persian Cream Puffs)
Spring is near. Make vegan kabob and Mast-o-Musir! Mast-o-Musir is a traditional Iranian side dish, commonly served with kabob. I personally enjoy this Persian dip with a bowl of potato chips. It is prepared with yogurt (called "mast") and dried wild shallots (called "musir"). It is similar to French Onion dip. Our version of Mast-o-Musir … Continue reading Mast-o-Musir (Persian Shallot Dip)
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
I have not blogged very much lately. Life's stresses and exhaustion has drained my creative energy, but when my kids jumped up and down when I made this green chili last week for dinner, I knew I had to share the recipe. This recipe is adapted from my very first vegan cookbook that I got … Continue reading Vegan White Bean, Green Chili
Iran has over 30 provinces. In Northern Iran, there is the Semnan province. My family is from a city in the Semnan province called Sangesar (now called Mehdishahr). Sangesari people have their own language, culture and food. Gandom Patteh is a Sangesari dish, and this is my grandmother's recipe. Patteh is a Sangesari word that … Continue reading Gandom Patteh (a Sangesari Soup)
Kashk Bademjan is a flavorful Persian eggplant dip that is served as an appetizer with warm bread. Kashk is a dairy product made of drained yogurt and has a salty and tangy flavor. Bademjan means eggplant. This dish is traditionally made from the combination of these two ingredients. Our version skips the dairy and creates … Continue reading Vegan Kashk Bademjan (Persian Eggplant Dip)
Anybody else need an island vacation? Until then, this cake is a little slice of paradise. This recipe is inspired by one of my kids’ favorite books - Eight Animales. I first tried this vegan recipe a month ago, and I have made it three (3) times since! It is delicious and perfect for dessert, … Continue reading Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
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
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
A challah-inspired, homemade bread perfect for a season filled with delicious stews and comfort foods. Happy Fall, y'all. Challah bread has a distinctive braid, which symbolizes the coming together of family and friends. It is a bread of celebration in Jewish tradition. I love the slightly-sweet flavor, the golden crust, and the symbolism. A perfect … Continue reading Challah-Inspired, Homemade Bread
Tahdig makes everything better, even pasta. Macaroni is the Persian version of Italian pasta. The pasta is steamed similar to Persian rice to create a delicious crispy crust (tahdig) at the bottom of the pot. The tahdig can be a potato tahdig as in this recipe or made from the pasta itself. While Macaroni still … Continue reading Macaroni – A Persian-style Pasta