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The ultimate herb dish: Ghormeh sabzi


Fresh herbs, veggies, kidney beans and dried lime infuse together to make this dish the ultimate green feed!

While we’ve included beef, as per the traditional recipe, this dish works just as well without meat. So try it today!

Serve with rice or on its own.

*Note: You will need dried ghormeh sabzi herb mix for this recipe. The mix includes fenugreek,  which may be difficult to source from mainstream supermarkets, so head to your local Persian or Mediterranean grocer to pick up the authentic stuff, if you can (email us if you would like grocer recommendations in your area). 

Ghormeh sabzi
Serves 4-6

650g beef, diced (exclude for a meat free alternative)
1 onion, chopped
1tsp turmeric
6tbs oil
100g (3/4 cup) red kidney beans
50g (2 cups) dried ghormeh sabzi herb mix
1bunch fresh parsley
1bunch fresh chives
1/2 bunch spinach
4 dried lime
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

1. Soak the beans for a few hours or overnight
2. In a pot heat 3tbs oil, add onion and sauté for 3 mins
3. Add beef and fry until brown
4. Add turmeric and mix well, then add pepper
5. Drain the beans and add to the pot
6. Pierce the dried limes with a fork and place in the pot
7. Pour in 4 cups of water, and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30 minutes.
8. Meanwhile, place dried ghormeh sabzi mix with 1/2 cup water in a frying pan and mix well. Leave for 20 mins until water is absorbed.
9. Chop the fresh herbs and add to frying pan with the ghormeh sabzi mix (do this only after the water has been absorbed)
10. Add 3tbs oil to the pan and fry all herbs together for 5 mins
11. Spoon the fried herb mixture and 1tsp salt to the beef mixture. Mix well and cook on low heat for a further 1 hour.
12. Just before serving, pierce the dried limes again and squeeze with a fork to allow the juices to flow into the pot.

Serve with Persian rice.




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    Reply Holli October 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I love this recipe but would like to make my own ghormeh sabzi herb mix & can’t find a recipe anywhere! Do you know where I could get the recipe for this please?

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    Reply Chris Muirhead July 1, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Recipe looks great and I will make it this evening for my family. How much is a ‘bunch’ of parsley/chives/spinach? I’m not used to this measurement as I usually work in grams or ounces.

    • mamanskitchen
      Reply mamanskitchen July 30, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Hi Chris, good question! We’d recommend 3 cups (packed) fresh parsley and chives for this recipe. Have you tried the recipe yet? Hope you and your family enjoyed it! Let us know how it turned out, and if you like, tag us on Instagram (@mamanskitchen) for tips and feedback.
      Ps apologies for the delayed response, we’ve been on holiday and only now catching up on emails and comments.
      Have a great weekend and nooshe joon!

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