Persiana : Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond
Posted on August 27 2020
'Loving Persiana' was what Nigella Lawson said about this cookbook. I'm loving it too!
I have enough cookbook collection on my bookshelf and this is one of the most used the last few months. There's always an impression that Persian food is labour intensive but Sabrina Gayour showed us that simplicity goes a long way in home cooking. Her recipes are easy and the outcome always amazingly moreish. The cooking methods are often straight forward and no-fuss.
Quite a few of these recipes have been served on our dining table. Most I have made more than once, which says a lot about this book. My two favourites are the Lamb Shank Tagine and Prawns with Sumac.
This is a gem for the kitchen.
The list of recipes I have tried making from the Persiana cookbook, along with a few tips:
- Smoked Aubergine Salad / Batinjan al Rahib (page 25)
- Turkish Feta Pastry Cigars / Sigara Borek Peynir (page 33)
- Persian Herb Rice / Sabzi Polow (page 58)
- I simplified this dish by adding all ingredients in the rice cooker and let it do its magic.
- Persian Saffron Chicken, Fennel and Barberry Stew (page 83)
- Lamb Shank, Black Garlic and Tomato Tagine (page 88)
- This is my current favourite dinner party dish, so far with fantastic compliments around the table. The lamb shank can be substituted with lamb leg and I used the black garlic paste from Waitrose which is very easily accessible.
- Prawns with Sumac, Coriander, Lemon and Garlic (page 136)
- Another very easy dish that tastes so good. The recipe uses 800g of tiger prawns for four person but I assure you that's not enough if you have prawn lovers like us. I made one kilogram of tiger prawns for the both of us (Mr & Mrs Klu) and still wanted more!
- Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses / Gavurdagi Salatasi (page 160)
- Fig and Green Bean Salad with Date Molasses and Toasted Almonds (page 175)
- Shirazi Salad (page 178)
Thank you Sabrina Gayour for this treasure of a cookbook!