A: " what is your favorite dish?"
Iranian: " Qurmeh sabzi!!!"
yes, we Iranians love Qurmeh sabzi, you may not like Qurmeh sabzi when you eat it for the first time but I promise you that you will be hooked to it after the second try. Qurmeh sabzi is one of those appetizing dishes, this stew is a hit for Iranians and miss with non Iranians. most of non Iranians don't know much about this very popular stew. I don't want to exaggerate because some people can hate it , but as far as I know people simply love it. The stew comes with rice, actually Iranians eat all kind of stews over Rice.
2 medium onions .....diced finely
1 teaspoon turmeric
450 gr meat ( stewing meat or lamb chops)
1/3 cup kidney beans
3 cups fresh parsley (finely chopped )
2 cups cilantro (finely chopped )
1cup fenugreek (finely chopped )
1cup chives (finely chopped) or persian leek
1/2 cup spinach( finely chopped)
salt and pepper for taste
5 dried persian limes ( limoo amani)....I like sour taste so I usually add more dried lime)
Soak beans over night, next day half cook beans separately, when I want to cook beans I usually boil it for a few minutes, and drain the water , I repeat it twice , this way beans do not make the stew color darker or reddish brown and most important it prevents blowing gas!!!! LOL
Dice onions finely , saute onion in oil until translucent, add meat (cut meat in 2cm cubes or use lamb chops)
add turmeric and stir well , allow meat to become brown all sides.
Add turmeric and , season with pepper (just a pinch of black pepper) , add 3 glasses of water and cover it and cook it for about an hour, some people add dried limes and salt too, but I prefer to not add salt and lime at this stage because it will longer the time of cooking, as salt and sour stuff would harden the meat)
In the meantime break the dried limes into halves and removes seeds completely, remember that seeds would give your stew bitter taste so you rather remove them completely . (you can see the cleaned and broken limes in above picture), fry finely chopped vegetables in 2 tablespoons oil or 1 ..depends on your diet, until its water evaporates and u smell the aroma , don't over fry it at all,
Add half cooked beans fried vegetables and dried limes to the meat , add salt just to taste , add 2 cups water and cover it and cook it for 2 more hours.(or 1.30 hours)
Take the first munch and your eyes will be widened in delight !!!!!!!!! Nooshe jaan