salad olivieh

In my last article, I was telling you how lovingly I cherish the memory of Azadeh, a Persian lady I met in Lima when I was living in Peru. Azadeh taught me how to make great and simple Persian dishes. I will never forget the colours, smells and warmth of her kitchen while she passionately guided me through the process of “playing with food”.  Here are two more Persian recipes I want to share with you, Salad olivieh and Baqali Polo.

 

Salad Olivieh (chicken salad)

 

salad olivieh

 

 

Ingredients:
-1 chicken breast
-1/2 kg boiled potatoes
-250 gr. small cucumbers marinated with vinegar
-5 boiled eggs
-500 gr. of mayonnaise
-juice of two lemons
-salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
In a bowl mix the boiled and filleted chicken with the smashed potatoes.
Add the cucumbers cut into cubes.
Add the boiled eggs and the peas:

 

salad olivieh

salad olivieh

salad olivieh

salad olivieh

Add mayonnaise in a big quantity and the juice of 4 or 5 lemons.

Mix and pour the mixture on a big plate:

salad olivieh

Form a cone with a spoon and cover it with mayonnaise.
Garnish the cone with peas and pieces of boiled eggs at the top of it.

 

Baqali Polo (rice with beans and fennel)

baqali polo

 

Ingredients:
-4 cups of rice
-2 cups of fresh, washed and cut beans
-4 cups of dry fennel
-salt
-4 spoons of butter
-1 clove of garlic

Preparation:
Boil rice and beans cut in two together.
Drain and add the fennel herbs:

 

baqali polo

 

On the bottom of a saucepan pour a little bit of oil and butter.
Once they are hot remove them and keep separately in a cup.
Place some leaves of salad at the bottom of the saucepan:

 

baqali polo

 

Pour the rice on it and press it with a wood spoon:

 

baqali polo

 

With the help of a knife make holes and pour the melted butter and oil into them.
Cover and cook on a low heat then turn it on a plate.
It is important to line the cover of the saucepan with a cloth, Azadeh brings these nice cover protections back from Teheran, in order to avoid that the steam leaks and soaks the rice:

 

baqali polo

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