Monthly Archives: January 2015

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

So here’s a recent question from a reader of the blog: “Any ideas for Persian Valentine? Thank you!”

Thank you for your question! If you are looking for something to treat your Valentines to, may I suggest a Persian Love Cake.

And for kid-friendly crafts, maybe using the words عشق eshgh (love), دوستت دارم dooset daram (I adore you) on available crafts would add a touch of Persian to your Valentines. Also using Persian Cats with a tagline of you are Purrfect would be cute:

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Here are some Valentines treats we made for my kids’ classmates and for the teachers. For the teachers I bought heart-stamped wine glasses, filled them with their favorite chocolates and wrapped them in cellophane.

For my daughter’s class I bought a bunch of heart-shaped party favor boxes (from the wedding aisle at Michaels) and filled them with m&ms.

And for my sons’ classes I bought a bunch of rulers, made some homemade tags saying You Rule, and voila! We’re done 🙂

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I hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love, laughter, health and joy. Love comes in many forms and to have love for someone and not show it would be like buying them a present and not giving it to them. So show and express your love and gratitude for the ones you care about, your friends, relatives, teachers, family, spouse, or partner and spread the Valentine’s cheer.

Kabob in a Pan – Kabob Tabeyi

Kabob in a Pan – Kabob Tabeyi


This is one of my go-to recipes for a quick and easy homemade meal. Kabob Tabeyi (Kabob in a Pan)

It can simply be made with the beef, onions, and spices without the tomato paste or for added taste and flavor, you can follow my recipe below:


  • 2 lbs Ground beef
  • 1 Large Onion
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Cumin (2 tablespoons)
  • Tomato Paste (2-3 tablespoons)
  • My Favorite Toppings: potato slices, onion rings
  • Optional Toppings: halved tomatoes, sliced peppers, mushrooms



Grind the large onion using a grinder or food processor. Combine the ground beef, diced onions, salt, pepper and cumin and mix well. Flatten the meat into a large pan and cook on medium heat until the meat starts giving off its juices and browns on both sides (no lid on pan needed for this stage). This normally takes 5-10 minutes. If the meat is drying out, add some water. Then using a wooden spatula, divide the meat into equal slices. Turn each piece of meat over to its other side. At this point, add enough water to cover the meat half-way and add the tomato paste. Add some salt, pepper, and cumin to the water in the pan. Put the lid on the pan and allow the meat to cook for another 10 minutes or so. Then add the toppings (as little or as much as you like), close the lid, and let the ingredients cook thoroughly. If you notice the liquid in the pan drying out, add some more water. The potato slices and onion rings are a staple for this dish in my house. The mushrooms, tomatoes, and peppers are not as well received with my children so I usually don’t include them.

This dish is served with rice and is complimented beautifully with a Shirazi salad or garden salad. Noosheh jaan konid! Bon a petit!

Dinner Party Persian Momma Style

Dinner Party Persian Momma Style

If you have ever been to a Persian dinner party, you know it’s nothing shy of a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. If you’re lucky you may even indulge in some dancing after the party! Persians love to show their hospitality through food and tending to their guests. Here’s a dinner party done Persian Momma style. The menu included Koofteh (Persian herb meatballs), Ash (recipe here), Tahchineh morgh (upside-down saffron rice with chicken and barberries), and Mast va Khiyar (mint yogurt with walnuts and raisins). And for dessert there was rollete (Persian rose-water roulade), a recipe kindly shared with me by a very talented friend. What do you serve at your parties? Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on Persian Momma!

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