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Chatting with the Chef: Persian Stews

Updated: Feb 25, 2022

Today's Theme: Something To Stew On

Happy 2022!

We hope you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday break before the new year. Like the Persian saying goes, Gar nashaashi shab deraz ast (گر نشاشی شب دراز است)”: "If you don’t take a pee, night is long." (we’re going to keep workshopping that new year greeting…)

Today, we're chatting about one of the most delicious Persian specialties: stew.

When the weather outside is as Minnesota-ish as it has been this January, there's nothing like a warm stew to keep you and your family cozy and full.

At Caspian Bistro, our cold weather stew features root vegetables and a special blend of herbs for a touch more spice. We roast the veggies to get crispy browned sides, but you can also steam or boil stew. This hearty and satisfying stew will keep you warm on a wintry day, and it also welcomes meat such as shredded chicken, lamb, or favorable veggies.

Persian Stews: Here's a few of our favorites for you to try!

First thing's first - what is a Khoresht?

Khoresht is a delicious Iranian stew made with yellow split peas, meat, fried onion, tomato paste, dried lime powder, and of course, every Khoresht comes with a place of rice.

Now back to the program... here are some of the tasty stews served up at Caspian Bistro:

Khoresht Gheymeh

A delectable stew made by combing choice tenderloin, tomato puree, yellow split peas, onion, dried Persian limes, potatoes, saffron, and a special blend of herbs and spices.

If you search for the word “Gheymeh” in Persian dictionaries, you will find that it means minced meat. Back in the day, every dish that had meat in it used to be called Gheymeh. Khoresht Gheymeh or split pea stew is one of the easiest dishes in Persian cuisine, and because of that, it’s easy to add different spices to it.

Ghormeh Sabzi

The most popular Khoresht in Persian cuisine is an aromatic stew made with sautéed fenugreek, Persian chives, parsley, spinach, kidney beans, sun dried limes, and cubed select tenderloin.

When you need healthy comfort food with minimal time and don’t want to do a ton of dishes, you're in luck! We are available for take-out and delivery 12pm-8:30pm nightly (except Mondays).

If you're reading this on a Monday, or if you are feeling adventurous, here is a recipe for a delicious Khoresht you can make at home, courtesy of our good friend NAJMIEH BATMANGLIJ, author of Food of Life and Cooking in Iran:

This super flavorful, hearty stew is loaded with ingredients we love, and most ingredients can be found at Caspian Bistro Gourmet Marketplace.

We look forward to serving you soon!



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