Iranian/Persian Recipes
Welcome to the largest collection of Iranian/Persian recipes on the internet. Our collection contains 110 authentic recipes for tasty Iranian dishes. Iran offers a very rich variety of delicious cuisine. However, authentic cookbooks in English devoted to cuisine of Iran are difficult to find in major bookstores. All the recipes on this site have been compiled together as an e-book which can be purchased at a very reasonable price. Please send an email to the address at the end of this page.

About the authors: Farzin Mokhtarian was born in south-western Iran, and lived there as a child. He later moved to Tehran with his family. Roxana Zarghooni was born and raised in Esfahan, the old capital of Iran.

Note: The miniature painting on the right was scanned from:

The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam (page 91)
Translated by Peter Avery & John Heath Stubbs
Penguin Books, England 1984
ISBN 0 14 00.5954 7

Dreaming when Dawn's Early Light was in the sky
I heard a Voice within the Tavern cry,
"Awake my little ones, and fill the Cup
Before Life's Liquor in its Cup be dry".

by Khayyam
(translated by Edward Fitzgerald; translation edited by Farzin)


Getting Started

Source: Rosa Montazemi's comprehensive cookbook: Honar-e Aashpazi or Art of Cooking (published over 30 times in Iran) was consulted in preparation of some of the recipes.

Conversions: The metric system has been used for weights. To convert, note that one pound equals 450 grams and 1 kg equals 2.2 pounds.

For locals only: the following stores may be able to supply the more unusual ingredients:

  • Waheed supermarket at 1 Vale Parade in Kingston Vale
  • Atif supermarket on Walton Road in Woking
  • Reza supermarket on High Street Kensington in London


  1. Aash-e Aab Leemoo: a rich soup with rice, herbs, meat, sugar, and lime juice
  2. Aash-e Sholeh Ghalamkar: a very rich soup made with various herbs, rice, meat, .....
  3. Aash-e Gandom: a rich soup made with wheat, spinach, peas, beans and lentils
  4. Aash-e Aaloo: a rich soup made with various herbs, rice, meat and prunes
  5. Aash-e Anaar: a very rich soup made with rice, various herbs, meat and pomegranate paste
  6. Aash-e Gojeh Farangi: made with rice, herbs, meat and tomato paste
  7. Aash-e Shalgham: with turnip, rice, meat, split peas, mint, and turmeric
  8. Aash-e Reshteh: with reshteh (similar in shape to spaghetti), kashk (thick whey), herbs, ...

Light/Side Dishes

  1. Maast-o-Khiar: made with yogurt, cucumber, onions, mint, salt, and pepper
  2. Naan-o-Paneer-o-Sabzi: Iranian thin bread, feta cheese, and herbs
  3. Mirza Ghasemi: made with fried eggplants, eggs, tomatoes, and garlic
  4. Kashk-e Baadenjaan: made with eggplants, kashk (thick whey), mint, and onions
  5. Haleem Baadenjaan: with eggplants, kashk (thick whey), meat, mint, and onions
  6. Borani Esfanaaj: fried spinach with yogurt, onions, and garlic
  7. Nargesi Esfanaaj: fried spinach with eggs and onions
  8. KooKoo-yeh Sabzi: made with various herbs, eggs, and flour
  9. KooKoo-yeh Seeb-Zamini: made with potatoes, and eggs
  10. KooKoo-yeh Loobia-Sabz: made with string beans, eggs, and onions
  11. KooKoo-yeh Baadenjaan: with eggplants, eggs, onions, and saffron
  12. KooKoo-yeh Morgh: with chicken, eggs, onions, saffron, and lime juice
  13. KooKoo-yeh Gol-Kalam: with cauliflower, eggs, and saffron
  14. Salad-e Olovieh: made with chicken, eggs, peas, carrots, dill-pickles, potatoes, and lime juice
  15. Pooreh-yeh Esfanaaj: with spinach, milk and butter
  16. Pooreh-yeh Seeb-Zamini: with potatoes, milk and butter
  17. Naaz Khaatoon: with eggplants, tomatoes, pomegranate juice, sour grape juice, and marjoram
  18. Ghalieh Esfanaaj: with ground meat, split-peas, lentils, spinach, mint and kashk (thick whey)
  19. Kaleh Joosh: made with ground meat, walnuts, mint, turmeric, and kashk (thick whey)
  20. Khaviar: caviar with onion, lime juice, butter, and parsley

Main Dishes

  1. Kateh: white rice (simpler)
  2. Polow (or Chelow): white rice
  3. Kabab Koobideh: barbequed ground lamb or beef
  4. Kabab Barg: barbequed lamb or beef
  5. Kabab Hosseini: lamb or beef cooked on skewers with onions, tomatoes and green peppers
  6. Joojeh Kabab: barbequed chicken with olive oil, tomatoes and saffron
  7. Maahi Kabab: barbequed fish with lime juice, olive oil, saffron, and herbs
  8. Beryani: a dish from Esfahan made with specially prepared lamb and bread
  9. Dolmeh Felfel: peppers filled with ground meat, rice and herbs
  10. Dolmeh Baadenjaan: eggplants filled with ground meat, rice and herbs
  11. Dolmeh Barg Mow: vine leaves wrapped around a mix of ground meat, rice and herbs
  12. Dolmeh Gojeh Farangi: large tomatoes with a filling of ground meat, rice and herbs
  13. Dolmeh Seeb Zamini: potatoes with a filling of ground meat, rice and herbs
  14. Ghormeh Sabzi: exquisite dish made with various herbs, meat, black-eye beans and potatoes
  15. Koofteh Berenji: large balls of rice, ground meat, various herbs, onions and walnuts
  16. Koofteh Nokhod-chi: balls of ground meat, chickpea flour, sugar and saffron
  17. Kotlet: ground meat with eggs, potatoes, and bread crumbs
  18. Kotlet-e Morgh: ground chicken with ground almonds, bread crumbs, eggs, milk and butter
  19. Shaami: ground meat with eggs, bread crumbs, milk, and tomato juice
  20. Tah Cheen: delicious dish made with chicken, rice, eggs, yogurt and saffron
  21. Toss Kabab: with meat, potatoes, carrots, and onions
  22. Khoresht Baamieh: made with okras, potatoes and meat
  23. Khoresht Fesenjaan: made with chicken, walnuts, pomegranate juice and sugar
  24. Khoresht Anaar-Aveej: made with chicken, walnuts, pomegranate juice, herbs, sugar, and garlic
  25. Khoresht Baadenjaan: with meat, eggplants, onions, and lime juice
  26. Khoresht Ghaimeh: made with meat, split-peas, potatoes and limes
  27. Khoresht Karafs: made with meat, celery, herbs, sugar and lime juice
  28. Khoresht Reevaas: with rhubarb, meat, herbs, and sugar
  29. Khoresht Loobia Sabz: made with meat, string beans, potatoes and lime juice
  30. Khoresht Ghaarch: with chicken, mushrooms, and saffron
  31. Khoresht Aaloo: with chicken, pitted prunes, potatoes, and saffron
  32. Zereshk Polow: with rice, barberries, sugar, chicken and saffron
  33. Morasah Polow: rice, chicken, raisins, barberries, almonds, pistachios, orange peel, and saffron
  34. Shirin Polow: rice, chicken, sugar, almonds, pistachios, orange peel and saffron
  35. Kalam Polow: made with rice, ground lamb or beef, and cabbage
  36. Adas Polow: made with rice, meat, raisins, saffron, dates and lentils
  37. Eslaamboli Polow: with rice, ground lamb/beef and tomato paste
  38. Haveej Polow: with rice, chicken, carrots, sugar and saffron
  39. Loobia Polow: with rice, meat, green beans, and tomato paste
  40. Albaloo Polow: made with rice, black cherries, chicken, sugar, and saffron
  41. Sabzi Polow: made with rice, and herbs
  42. Maash Polow: with rice, moong, meat, and turmeric
  43. Meigo Polow: with shrimps, rice, eggs, and curry powder
  44. Zabaan: tongue with herbs
  45. Del: sheep hearts with mushrooms, herbs and cheese
  46. Maghz: fried brain with herbs
  47. Gholveh: fried kidneys with herbs and lime juice
  48. Donbalaan: fried sheep testicles with eggs, bread crumbs, and parsley
  49. Aab Goosht-e Lappeh: with meat, split peas, limes, onions, turmeric and potatoes
  50. Aab Goosht-e Baadenjaan: with meat, split peas, eggplants, turmeric and potatoes


  1. Baagh-Lava: with almonds, sugar, cardamom, egg yolks, milk, flour, and rose-water
  2. Yakh Dar Behesht: made with rice-flour, starch, sugar, rosewater, milk and pistachios
  3. Shir Berenj: made with rice, sugar, rosewater, milk and cream
  4. Halva: made with fried wheat flour, sugar, saffron, rosewater, pistachios and almonds
  5. Ranginak: with fried wheat flour, sugar, dates, walnuts, pistachios, cinnamon and cardamom
  6. Zoolbia: with starch, yogurt, sugar, and rosewater
  7. Baamieh: with flour, eggs, sugar, and rosewater
  8. Fereni: made with milk, rice-flour, sugar and rosewater
  9. Sekanjebin: made with vinegar, sugar, mint and lettuce
  10. Sharbat-e Limoo: made with fresh lime juice, sugar, and grated lime peel
  11. Sharbat-e Portaghal: made with fresh orange juice, sugar, and grated orange peel
  12. Sholeh-Zard: with rice, sugar, saffron, rosewater, pistachios, almond and cinnamon
  13. Naan-Berenji: made with rice-flour, sugar, eggs and rosewater
  14. Naan-Gerdooee: made with egg yolks, vanilla, sugar and walnuts
  15. Naan-Nokhodchi: with chick-pea flour, sugar and oil
  16. Ghors-e khorsheed: made with rice flour, sugar, rose-water, egg and saffron
  17. Sohaan-e Asali: with almonds, sugar, honey, saffron and pistachios
  18. Ghotaab: made with eggs, yogurt, flour, almonds, sugar and cardamom powder
  19. Samanoo: made with wheat and wheat flour
  20. Bastani Akbar-Mashti: vanilla ice-cream with thick cream and rosewater


  1. Salad-e Shirazi: salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and mint
  2. Piaaz Torshi: pickled onions with garlic and mint
  3. Torshi Gol-Kalam: pickled cauliflower with garlic and mint
  4. Torshi Haveej: pickled carrots with garlic and mint
  5. Torshi Liteh: pickled eggplants with herbs
  6. Torshi Makhloot: mixed pickles with herbs
  7. Maast: yogurt - make it at home
  8. Doogh: yogurt-drink
  9. Morabaa-yeh Aalbaloo: black cherry jam with vanilla essence
  10. Morabaa-yeh Haveej: carrot jam with rose-water and lime juice
  11. Morabaa-yeh Beh: quince jam with lime juice and cardamom
  12. Morabaa-yeh Seeb: apple jam with rose-water and lime juice