From Iran, this vibrant and incredibly aromatic herb mix is the basis of the country’s national dish, known by the same name. Gormeh Sabzi translates as ‘green stew’, the green of course being the herbs used. It is a very old recipe, having been enjoyed for over 500 years, and its ingredients typify the flavours of Persia.
Our Gormeh Sabzi blends fenugreek leaf (the dominant flavour), chives, coriander leaf and parsley, and the mixture needs to be used generously to give the correct texture and flavour to the dish. Traditionally the dish is cooked with beef and beans, and also essential in the recipe are whole Iranian black lime and turmeric. The finished stew will have a lovely balance of earthy, grassy herbs and a citrus tang from the black lime, with the onion notes of the chives and the slight smokiness of the fenugreek joining the party too.
Away from this traditional recipe Gormeh Sabzi works especially well with anything involving pulses – try adding some to your homemade lentil soup. It is also delicious when used with vegetables, where we would suggest aubergine or okra as the best options.