Ghormeh sabzi is the most delicious and popular Persian stew in my opinion. It’s always a big hit with everyone at the parties. It can be made up to few days in advance and just reheated in the oven or microwave.
Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Green Herb Stew)
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 2 hour 30 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: 6 servings
1 large onion chopped
5 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 pounds stew meat
4 cups water
6 whole dried Persian limes pierced with a fork
1 can red kidney bean (15 oz.)
3 bunches fresh parsley
3 bunches fresh green onions or Persian tareh
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch fresh fenugreek or 1 tablespoon dried
1/3 cup oil
Heat 5 tablespoons oil in a 5-quart nonstick pot over medium high heat. Add chopped onions; fry for about 6 to 8 minutes or until golden. Add meat, salt, pepper and turmeric. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink. Add 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover; cook for 1 hour.
While the meat is cooking, cut the stems off parsley, cilantro and fenugreek. Wash, drain and finely chop them. Cut the ends of the green onions. Wash, drain and thinly slice them. Place all the herbs in a large nonstick frying pan. Add 1/3 cup oil. Fry on medium high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until all the liquids have evaporated. Lower heat to medium, fry for about 10 to 15 more minutes or until the color changes to dark green. This is an important step in creating the aromatic and deep flavors in this dish.
When the meat is half cooked, add fried herbs and limes. Cook over low heat for 1 hour. Add cooked beans; cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the oil separates. Adjust seasoning to taste.