Persian Recipes

A selection of Persian (Iranian) foods next to a traditional rug.
One of Iran's ethnic groups, the Persians flourished in the 11th to 15th centuries, and were influenced and traded with many Mediterranean and Asian cultures. Kebabs, khoreshes, rice pilaf, yogurt soup and hummus are just a few of their flavor filled dishes.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,246 Posts
July 26, 2017

This is my late grandmother's recipe for a the most perfect Persian rice that my mother has mastered. Tadig is panfried layer of crust at the bottom of the pot under the rice. It can be made with the rice itself, bread, or potatoes. This recipe uses potatoes, which is one of my favourite ways to have it.

Prep Time: 3 hours soaking time

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Persian Rice with Potato Tadig on plate


  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • water
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium russet potato


  1. Pour dry rice into a large bowl. Add enough water to cover the rice (I go over the rice by about half an inch), add salt. Let rice soak for at least 3 hours.
  2. rice soaking in water in bowl

  3. Drain the soaked rice. Boil about 5 cups of water in a large pot. Add rice to boiling water.
  4. adding rice to pan
  5. Stir the rice a couple times while it's cooking. After around 10 minutes, the rice will be al dente.
  6. straining rice
  7. Pour the al dente rice into a colander and rinse with water. Set aside.
  8. straining rice
    rinsing rice
  9. Peel potato. Chop into thin slices.
  10. sliced potato

  11. In a pan or pot (I used a 7 inch pan with high sides), add 2 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.
  12. pouring water in pan
    adding oil and water to pan
  13. Cover the entire pan with your slices of potato in a circular fashion.
  14. potato slices in pan
    potato slices in pan
  15. Little by little, add your al dente rice on top of the potato slices. You add them slowly in order to keep air between the grains for proper cooking and less sticking.
  16. adding rice to potato slices
    adding rice to potato slices

  17. When you've added all your rice, turn the heat onto medium to medium-high. Take the back of a spoon and make little holes in the rice so steam can escape.
  18. making holes in rice in pan
    making holes in rice in pan
  19. Cover the rice with a kitchen towel or paper towel, then cover with your lid (towel not pictured here.) After about 5 minutes of cooking, turn the heat down to low and cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  20. covered pan
  21. When it's done cooking, add little chunks of butter to the top.
  22. adding butter to rice

  23. Press a large serving plate against the top of the pot and flip the rice over onto it. Cut in wedges like a cake and serve with a stew or meat. Enjoy!
  24. flipping Potato Tadig
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April 4, 2019

My family and I just celebrated the Persian new year. My late grandmother used to make this rice dish on new year's eve annually. Even though it has so few ingredients, it's got a great texture and full of lovely sweet and savoury flavours.


It's best to use soba noodles (buckwheat noodles) or any flour-based noodle that does not contain oil. You can buy toasted reshteh noodles in Asian stores or online, but doing it this way here is way cheaper and just as delicious!

finished Noodle Rice on plate

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July 27, 2017

Gheimeh Bademjan is a very popular Persian split pea and eggplant stew. When I was little, I did not like eggplant and this stew is what made me start absolutely loving it. It's got a great, deep flavour and very comforting texture.

Split Pea and Eggplant Stew on plate

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January 7, 2011

This recipe is easy to make and has lots of flavor. I have made this dish for a number of parties and it is always a crowd pleaser.

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March 25, 2019

This soup, containing yogurt and flavorful veggies, is perfect for an elegant dinner party. Try a bowl of creamy chilled soup on a hot summer evening. This page is about making chilled yogurt soup.

bowl of Chilled Yogurt Soup

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January 22, 2020

Fesenjoon is an Iranian/Persian dish served in the fall and winter. The recipe can vary a little, but the main ingredients are finely chopped walnuts and pomegranate molasses. This delicious stew can be made with duck, chicken, small meatballs, and even pumpkin. The recipe for a version made with chicken follows. You will love the rich, sweet and sour, flavor.

Walnut and Pomegranate Chicken Stew (Fesenjoon)

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January 22, 2020

Make this traditional Persian yogurt dip, using Greek yogurt and dried Persian shallots (if available) or fresh shallots. Mast moosir may become one of your favorite dips. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor and serve with chips, crackers or bits of bread, rice, or kabob.

Shallot Yogurt Dip in bowl with crackers

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January 20, 2020

In Iran, lamb and mutton are used more often than chicken or beef. These delicious lamb kabobs are perfect as a main course or as appetizers.

A skewer of Persian Lamb Kabobs with roasted vegetables.

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September 27, 2019

Lots of fresh herbs, spices, nuts, and berries combine with eggs to make this sturdy Persian version of a frittata, known as kuku sabzi. Try it wrapped in pita bread with lots of Greek yogurt. Delicious warm or cold; you may become an instant fan.

Herb Frittatas on plate

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May 15, 2019

Torshi are Middle Eastern pickled vegetables. In this popular recipe, mangoes are pickled in a vinegar mixture with aromatics, herbs and spices. It makes a deliciously sour side dish that is sure to be a new favorite.

Mango Torshi in jar

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December 5, 2018

This traditional Persian dish combines lentils with cinnamon and other spices for a hearty stew. The fried mint sauce is a delicious finishing touch. Try out this recipe for lentil stew with fried mint sauce.

Lentil Stew with Fried Mint Sauce

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August 7, 2018

This collection of warm spices is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cumin and turmeric. It is used in Persian and Middle Eastern cooking. This is a page about making Persian spice mix (Advieh).

layered small jar of advieh

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October 12, 2012

Enjoying this cooking style gives you a lot of variety of flavors depending on your choices and method. This page contains shish kabob tips and recipes.

Shish Kabobs

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