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Ghormeh Sabzi Recipe (Persian Herb Stew)

Traditionally the first Saturday of Azar, the ninth month of the Solar Hijri calendar, is known as the National Ghormeh Sabzi Day. Ghormeh Sabzi is the hallmark of Persian cuisine that dates back more than 2000 years ago. It is one of the rare dishes within Persian cuisine that has kept its original nature. “Ghormeh” or “Korma” derives from the Turkish term “Kavurma” which refers to a dish with “braised meat.” The meat is slow-cooked with some vegetables and beans for Ghormeh Sabzi. Because of the high nutritional value of Ghormeh Sabzi, it is a dish that is both healthy and delicious.

You can serve Ghormeh Sabzi on both formal and informal occasions. You can cook Ghormeh Sabzi and invite your loved ones for a home-cooked meal that is prepared with love while, at the same time, entertaining their palate to the fine-dining experience of three-starred restaurants. If cooked properly, nothing beats Ghormeh Sabzi when it comes to its taste and texture as a dish.

If you are one of those Ghormeh Sabzi lovers who don’t know how to cook it, you have come to the right place. Follow this recipe to master the art of cooking Iranian Ghormeh Sabzi.

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persian ghormeh sabzi recipe

Ingredients

IngredientQuantity
Lamb½ kilo
Onion1 medium-sized
Parsley, Coriander, cilantro, and Leeks200 grams of each
Fenugreek greens50 grams
Dried Fenugreek2-3 tablespoons
Spinach50 grams
Dried Persian Lime3 small-sized
Tomato Paste2 tablespoons (optional)
Kidney Beans200 grams
Salt, Pepper, Turmeric, OilTo taste

Note1: Traditionally and in most regions of Iran, Spinach and Chive leaves are used within Ghormeh Sabzi; however, if you are allergic to it or don’t like its taste, you can remove Spinach from the recipe.

Note2: Dried Lime is a traditional Persian and Turkish spice that gives a sour taste to the dish. Note that you must remove the dried limes from the pot when the dish is ready. If you don’t remove them, their bitter taste might ruin your dish entirely.

Ghormeh Sabzi Recipe

  1. First, you need to soak the kidney beans in water for a couple of hours to make them lose their firm texture and become softer. This step is necessary since if you don’t soak them first, the beans will not get cooked properly, and you will be left with chewy and hard-to-swallow beans in your dish.
  2. Wash the fresh herbs and chop them well. Don’t chop the herbs too small since if they are chopped too small, it will damage the dish’s consistency.
  3. Place a pan on the stove and add the vegetables to the pan. Stir fry the vegetables in vegetable oil. Once the vegetables lose their original green color and turn into a dark green color, you can remove them from the pan.

Note3: You can add some tomato paste to the herbs while frying; however, this step is optional, and some may choose not to add the tomato paste at all.

frying vegetable for ghormeh sabzi
  1. Place a large pot on the stove. Add some oil and turn up the heat. Chop the onions into small bits and then add them to the hot oil. Stir till the onions slightly turn into a golden brown color.
  2. Chop the lamb into small bits and add it to the onions. Add salt, pepper, and turmeric, and continue stirring. You do not need to fry the meat completely at this stage. You only need to stir the meat in hot oil and onions for 2-3 minutes till it loses its raw texture and gets a little crispy on the outside.
frying meat
  1. Once the color of the meat is changed, add the vegetables to the put and start stirring. After stirring for 2-3 minutes, add some cups of boiling water to the mixture. Turn up the heat and wait till the water starts boiling. Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium and close the lid and let it cook.

Note4: The time it takes for the lamb to cook varies depending on which cut of lamb you use for the dish. Loin chops are the best option for Ghormeh Sabzi, and it usually takes at least 3-4 hours for them to cook properly.

  1. After 3-4 hours, open the lid and taste the meat if it is perfectly cooked, it is now time to add the beans. Add the beans, dried Persian limes, and some dried Fenugreek to the pot and let it cook for at least another hour. Once the water is reduced and the dish reaches the right consistency, it is ready.
Ghormeh sabzi recipe

Khoresh Ghormeh Sabzi is a dish that could be served both as launch and dinner. Traditionally, it is served with cooked Basmati rice. This recipe is designed to serve 4 people, and if you are willing to serve more people, you can use more ingredients (e.g. you can double the amount mentioned in the recipe if you are willing to serve 8 people). Normally, it does not take more than 3 hours for the dish to become ready to serve; however, if you realize that the dish does not have the consistency that you want, you can leave it on the stove for a bit longer till the water is reduced, and you get the right consistency for Ghormeh Sabzi.

 Additional Notes

  1. You can add lamb bones broth to the dish to give it a rich and more delicious taste. Using lamb bones broth will also boost the nutritional values of the dish to a significant degree. You can use lamb bones broth in any dish in which the meat is slow-cooked since it boosts the dish’s consistency.
  2. If you do not have access to lamb or do not prefer its taste, you can use chicken instead.
  3. Normally, red Kidney beans are used in Ghormeh Sabzi. However, you can use Pinto beans in Ghormeh Sabzi as well. Some even believe that using Pinto beans in Ghormeh Sabzi might boost its taste, but you can choose either of them based on your palate.
  4. Do not add too much salt when frying the meat with the onions at first, because it might prevent the meat to get cooked properly. You may add more salt at the final stages of the dish getting prepared if you feel the need.
  5. If you do not have access to dried limes, you can use ground dried lime instead.
  6. Since the stock needs to get reduced properly to reach the right consistency for the dish, once you add the water to the meat and beans, make sure to add enough water at first so that you do not have to add more while the dish is getting cooked. And Under no circumstances add cold water to the dish while it is getting prepared; if you realize you need to add more water, add hot and boiling water.
  7. To get the dish’s right consistency sometimes it helps to remove the pot from the stove for a couple of minutes and then put it on again. This practice is proven to boost the consistency of the dish.

If you have not made Khoresht Ghormeh Sabzi before, this recipe is designed to help you every step of the way. Do not hesitate to try it for yourself. Follow the recipe, and create a great and delicious experience of Persian cuisine for your loved ones.

Ghormeh Sabzi Recipe (Persian Herb Stew)

Recipe by ShayanCourse: Main coursesCuisine: PersianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

4

hours 
Calories

320

kcal

Ghormeh Sabzi is a Persian herb and kidney beans stew that could be served both as launch and dinner. It is served with cooked Basmati rice.

Ingredients

  • ½ kilo lamb

  • 1 medium-sized onion

  • 3 small-sized dried lime

  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste

  • 200 grams of kidney beans

  • Salt, pepper, turmeric, and oil to taste

  • Special Ghormeh Sabzi herbs
  • Parsley, coriander, cilantro and leeks; 200 grams of each of them

  • 50 grams of fenugreek greens

  • 2-3 tablespoons of dried Fenugreek

  • 50 grams of spinach

Directions

  • First, you need to soak the kidney beans in water for a couple of hours to make them lose their firm texture and become softer. This step is necessary since if you don’t soak them first, the beans will not get cooked properly, and you will be left with chewy and hard-to-swallow beans in your dish.
  • Wash the vegetables and chop them well. Don’t chop the vegetables too small since if they are chopped too small, it will damage the dish’s consistency.
  • Place a pan on the stove and add the vegetables to the pan. Stir fry the vegetables in vegetable oil. Once the vegetables lose their original green color and turn into a dark green color, you can remove them from the pan.
  • Place a pot on the stove. Add some oil and turn up the heat. Chop the onions into small bits and then add them to the hot oil. Stir till the onions slightly turn into a golden color.
  • Chop the lamb into small bits and add it to the onions. Add salt, pepper, and turmeric, and continue stirring. You do not need to fry the meat completely at this stage. You only need to stir the meat in hot oil and onions for 2-3 minutes till it loses its raw texture and gets a little crispy on the outside.
  • Once the color of the meat is changed, add the vegetables to the put and start stirring. After stirring for 2-3 minutes, add some boiling water to the mixture. Turn up the heat and wait till the water starts boiling. Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium and close the lid and let it cook.
  • After 3-4 hours, open the lid and taste the meat if it is perfectly cooked, it is now time to add the beans. Add the beans, dried limes, and some dried Fenugreek to the pot and let it cook for at least another hour. Once the water is reduced and the dish reaches the right consistency, it is ready.

Notes

  • Traditionally and in most regions of Iran, Spinach is used within Ghormeh Sabzi; however, if you are allergic to it or don’t like its taste, you can remove Spinach from the recipe.
  • Dried Lime is a traditional Persian and Turkish spice that gives a sour taste to the dish. Note that you must remove the dried limes from the pot when the dish is ready. If you don’t remove them, their bitter taste might ruin your dish entirely.
  • You can add some tomato paste to the vegetables while frying; however, this step is optional, and some may choose not to add the tomato paste at all.
  • The time it takes for the lamb to cook varies depending on which cut of lamb you use for the dish. Loin chops are the best option for Ghormeh Sabzi, and it usually takes at least 3-4 hours for them to cook properly.
  • Do not add too much salt when frying the meat with the onions at first, because it might prevent the meat to get cooked properly. You may add more salt at the final stages of the dish getting prepared if you feel the need.
  • If you do not have access to lamb or do not prefer its taste, you can use chicken instead.
  • Normally, Kidney beans are used in Ghormeh Sabzi. However, you can use Pinto beans in Ghormeh Sabzi as well. Some even believe that using Pinto beans in Ghormeh Sabzi might boost its taste, but you can choose either of them based on your palate.

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