Looking for Persian rice recipes? Want the best lamb stew? Try our ideas and twists here from Persian cookery guru Sabrina Ghayour and the olive cookery team. After, check out our guide to Iranian food and then 10 things we love about Georgian cuisine.


Create your own feast with spiced fritters, aubergine dip and plenty of salads, then serve a Persian twist on the Eton mess.

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Easy Persian recipes

Persian-style aubergine bake

Try our super-easy layered Persian-inspired aubergine bake with crumbled feta. This vegetarian recipe is a simple and comforting one-pot to make over the winter months. Plus, it's gluten-free, too. Try more great veggie bakes.

Baked Eggplant Recipe

Kuku sabzi

This version of kuku (a Persian baked omelette) is a twist on the traditional – potatoes to soften the intensity of the herbs, and dried barberries for their tart bite.

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Plate of kuku sabzi with a slice missing. Hands holding a wrap with kuku sabzi inside.

Spiced green bean and tomato rice

Sabrina takes a classic Persian recipe, loobia polow (rice cooked with green beans and meat), and makes it veggie for a showstopping meat-free main.

Vegetarian Rice and Beans Recipe with (Loobia Polow)

Winter greens kuku with barberries and pine nuts

Try this herby, spiced kuku sabzi recipe – it's akin to a frittata and is made with leafy greens, nuts and fruit.

Winter greens Kuku

Spiced chicken salad with cashews and cucumber

This aromatic chicken salad is perfect for a Middle Eastern dinner party spread. Serve it in a big dish and let everyone dig in.

Marinated, spiced chicken salad with cashews and cucumber

Rice and vegetable aash with puy lentils

This hearty staple of Persian cuisine is always herb-based but there are many varieties: some with meat, some with barley, rice, tomato or pomegranate molasses. This is Sabrina Ghayour's Western-style version.

Aash Persian Soup Recipe with Lentils

Slow-cooked pork, apricot and tamarind stew

Slow-cooked, low-calorie and packed full of the soul-warming flavours of Persia, this recipe is the perfect solution to the chilly winter months. There are more great stew ideas to check out here.

Slow cooked Pork, apricot and tamarind stew

Spiced cod fritters with harissa honey dip

These crunchy fish fritters with sweet and spicy dip make great nibbles for a gathering, or would be right at home as part of a Middle Eastern-style spread.

Spiced Cod Fritters Recipe With Harissa Honey Dip

Smoked aubergine and pepper salad with pomegranate molasses

This recipe for sweet and smokey aubergine salad would make the perfect addition to a Persian feast. Infused with the flavours of Persia, it's a little bit of Middle Eastern magic for you and your friends to enjoy.

Easy aubergine salad with pomegranate molasses

Persian-style rice with lamb

Aromatic basmati rice is flavoured with the juices of lamb shoulder, aubergine, plum tomatoes and combined with sultanas and turmeric in this hearty recipe.

Persian rice with lamb

Lamb kofta puffs with tahini and tomato sauce

This recipe for flaky puff pastry wrapped around tender lamb koftas is sure to be a hit all year round.

Lamb Kofta Rolls Recipe With Tomato Sauce

Orange, pecan and cannellini salad with sautéed fennel and golden raisins

Pair this zingy gluten-free salad with some of the other Persian-style dishes here to create an impressive Middle Eastern-style feast.

Cannellini Bean Salad Recipe with Orange And Raisins

Persian-style lamb stew

This Persian-inspired lamb stew is really simple and makes for a delicious, warming midweek meal for the family. The pomegranate seeds and mint give it a lovely, fresh flavour. If there are only two of you, freeze the rest.

Persian lamb stew

Persian love cake

Serve this gorgeous Persian love cake for close friends and family – it's wonderfully fragrant thanks to cardamom and nutmeg.

Persian love cake on a yellow plate with a slice cut out on a plate to the right

Persian-inspired peach mess with brown sugar almonds

This is a great twist on a classic British eton mess. Different brands of rosewater vary enormously in strength, so add a little at a time and taste as you go, until you’re happy with the flavour.

Fresh Peach Recipes with Brown Sugar Almonds

Doogh ice lollies

The classic savoury Persian yogurt drink gets a new lease of life as a refreshing ice lolly, with mint added for freshness and some honey for sweetness.

Four doogh ice lollies with pink dried petals at the bottom

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