Vegan Recipe: Ghormeh Sabzi, the Iranian Dish

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If you are a Paul McCartney fan, if you’re a vegan McCartney fan, or you’re a vegan who is familiar with veganish hashtags, then you probably know about Meat Free Mondays.

If you don’t belong to any of those groups, I’m gonna explain you what it’s all about. Although I really shouldn’t because you really have to be punished if you don’t like the Beatles! Paul (I’m a fan, I can call his first name) started this campaign, so that if you can’t/don’t want to omit meat from your whole life, at least you can omit it from one day of it. He himself cooks a vegan recipe each Monday and shares the pictures on his Facebook (you should totally check them out, he’s got a fancy kitchen!)

So…as today is also a Monday, I am here to teach you a vegan recipe! This is a traditional Persian dish. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the dish EVERY Iranian guy loves shamelessly, and that is a favorite of many girls: Ghormeh Sabzi! And no, it’s not that hard to pronounce once you know that “Ghormeh” means pot roast beef and “Sabzi” means veggies. As today we want to see what it’s like to be a vegetarian, I have found you a variation of the recipe from here, but I’m gonna make some changes in it. This vegan recipe replaces meat with mushrooms. And in a weird way, it tastes the same as the one with meat!


Normally, Ghormeh Sabzi is served with rice. So I’ve also included a little guide for that at the end. It’s better if you prepare both rice and Ghormeh Sabzi at the same time, so that you can serve the whole thing hot and fresh off the stove.

Let’s get goin’!

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enameled-deep-blue-minakari-on-copperIf you know about enameling, then you know about Minakari. Minakari or as some call it, “the Miniature on Fire”, is the art of decorating and coloring precious metalware like gold, silver and sometimes copper. Minakari is enamelwork, but with certain differences from the sort of enamel craft you have in mind. Enamelwork is practiced all over the world: from China and India to Europe and Russia. However, each country has found a different way to do it, not to mention the different styles each of them have managed to create! Minakari is the enamel work of Iran.

This mixture of art, chemistry and craftsmanship has been around for a quite long time. A Minakari artwork will look like a sort of painting, but it is more than that. The colors are not your simple oil and water based colors we know; they are actually powdered metal oxides mixed with glass material. So as you see, the process of “coloring” is a little bit different. I’m gonna take you step by step through all you need to know about this gorgeous art!


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