Winter greens Kuku

Winter greens kuku with barberries and pine nuts

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Try our herby, spiced kuku sabzi recipe for this Persian frittata packed with herbs



  • vegetable oil 2 tbsp
  • shallots 400g, halved and thinly sliced
  • kale 200g, finely chopped, tough stalks discarded
  • Hispi or pointed cabbage 200g, roughly chopped
  • garlic granules 2 tsp
  • ground fenugreek 1 tsp
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • eggs 8
  • baking powder 2 tsp
  • plain flour 2 tbsp
  • greek yogurt 2 tbsp
  • dried barberries 2 handfuls, (see notes below)
  • pine nuts 40g
  • dressed green salad to serve


  • Step 1

    Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the shallots and fry gently for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden.

  • Step 2

    Turn up the heat, add the kale and fry until softened and cooked through, then add the cabbage, spices and a generous amount of seasoning, and stir well. Fry until the cabbage is wilted and cooked through. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and line a 20 x 30cm ovenproof dish with baking paper.

  • Step 4

    Beat the eggs in a large bowl and add the baking powder, flour and yogurt, and whisk well. Add the barberries and pine nuts and, once the greens have cooled slightly, incorporate them a little at a time, mix well, then add in the rest and fold through.

  • Step 5

    Pour the mixture into the baking dish and spread to evenly distribute the ingredients. Bake for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  • Step 6

    Cut into squares and serve with a green salad, if you like.

Dried barberries are a small round fruit used in Middle Eastern and Persian cooking, and are available from Middle Eastern supermarkets or online at or . Alternatively, use sour cherries or dried cranberries, available in large supermarkets.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 274
  • Fat 16.6g
  • Saturates 3.3g
  • Carbs 13.9g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Fibre 4.1g
  • Protein 15.2g
  • Salt 0.7g