masto jiar

“We Iranians love to play when we cook” Azadeh told me when she saw my enthusiasm for the combination of colours and oriental fragrances that filled her tiny kitchen in Lima, where she lives since her marriage with a Peruvian man whom she met in Belgium.

Although several years have passed since we gathered in Azadeh’s presence to learn her great recipes, the memory of the warmth, creativity and delicious food is still fresh and alive.

I can instantly reconnect to Azadeh’s generosity in showing how to cook her favourite Persian recipes to friends and acquaintances, because I had the honour to watch her preparing her legendary dishes and shares them for lunch in a happy and colorful atmosphere.

Today I share two recipes with yogurt, and I will surprise you with more delicious Iranian dishes later on. Enjoy!

 

Ta-Chin (rice with yoghurt)

 

ta-chin

 

Ingredients:
-1 kg rice
-2 chicken breasts
-100 gr. butter
-100 gr. plain yogurt
-1 tea spoon of saffron melted in warm water
-4 egg yolks
-salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
In a bowl mix well the yogurt with the saffron, the yolks, salt and pepper Add the rice previously boiled, stir well and make a layer in a Pyrex dish:

 

 

ta-chin
On top of the rice, place pieces of chicken previously boiled in warm salted water:

 

ta-chin

You can add any kind of wild berries:

 

ta-chin
Add another layer of rice, press it well and garnish with butter:

 

ta-chin
Cover the Pyrex dish with aluminum paper and cook it over low heat for 45 minutes.

Masto Jiar (Yoghurt with cucumbers)

 

masto jiar

 

Ingredients:
-1/2 liter of plain yogurt
-1 tea spoon of salt
-1/2 tea spoon of pepper
-2 tea spoons of chopped mint
-2 tea spoons of chopped nuts
-2 tea spoons of raisin

Preparation:

Pour the yogurt and pepper in a bowl:

 

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Add the cut cucumber, nuts and raisins, and mix:

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masto jiar

Garnish with dry chopped mint and some roses powder, if you have it:

masto jiar

 

Claudia Landini
October 2017
About the Author

French-speaking freelancer interested in web related works ( webwriting, copywriting, French translations, blogging, e-commerce B2B strategies, and online marketing). Part of the Expatclic team. Owner of Annonces Golfe, a website that gathers the francophone expat communites living in the Gulf area through ads and companies promotions. A Small translation and webresearch service for bloggers is available on Annonces Golfe. www.annoncesgolfe.com

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