Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Habashi Stew: A Gourmet Iranian Food

The Habashi stew, a luxury food of people in southern Iran, is very tasty and easy to make.

The stew is a local food and served in parties.

It is made with both grape syrup and pomegranate paste, and has an interesting and different taste.


Meat: 300gr

Lentils: Half a cupful

Fried onions: 3 spoons

Pomegranate paste: Half a cupful

Grape syrup: 3-4 spoons

Almond powder: 1.5 cupfuls

Dried plums: 5 or 6 ones

Prunes: 5 or 6 ones

Green sultanas: 50gr

Salt & pepper: As much as needed

Dried mint: 2 spoons

Garlic: 2 cloves

Butter: 50gr

Brewed saffron: 2 spoons

Stew spice: As much as needed

Habashi Stew: A Gourmet Iranian Food


Stew spice is one of the most commonly used spices in Iran. There is a clear-cut recipe to make stew spice, but locals in different provinces make some changes to the ingredients depending on their taste. Stew spice increases metabolism and helps remove excess fat from the body. In other words, stew spice is a fat-burning additive.

In the south, stew spice is usually made with 24 different items including red pepper, black pepper, fennel, caraway, green cardamom, turmeric, paprika, coriander seeds, ginger, curry powder, nutmeg, cloves, galangal, tarragon, thyme, hogweed, fenugreek, the Damask rose, mint, bay laurel, mustard, dried lime, mango powder.


Recipe for Habashi Stew:

1. Chop the meat and wash it well. Meanwhile, soak the lentils in water. Melt the butter in the dish in which you want to pour the stew, add the meat and fried onions and sauté them all together.

2. Remove the lentils from inside the water, add them to the meat and sauté them. When the water of the meat has evaporated, add the stew spice and mix them with the meat, fried onions and lentils. Take care that the spice is not left on the heat for so long as it will get burnt. So, you should immediately pour water into the casserole till it covers the materials. Now put the casserole lid back on and wait until the meat and lentils are cooked through. Now wash the prunes and dried plums and let them soak for 15 minutes.

3. After the food keeps boiling for three hours, add the pomegranate paste and grape syrup. Clean the sultanas and let them soak for 15 minutes. Afterwards, add almond powder, prunes, dried plums and sultanas to the stew. Now you may also add salt, pepper and saffron to make the stew more delicious.

4. Now that all ingredients are added to the stew, turn down the flame and put the casserole lid back on till the stew is cooked through.

5. Finally, cut the garlic into circular or whatever forms you desire and fry it. Then sauté the mint in oil or butter. Garnish the stew with fried garlic and onions before serving it.



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