Sabzi Khordan is Persian food that’s name literally means eating greens. While in most cuisines, you’d find “eating greens” consists of a rather boring lettuce salad with a few scattered tomatoes and maybe some shaved carrots and a slice or two of cucumbers, Iranian cuisine serves a variety of fresh greens with every meal.
The traditional plate of sabzi khordan consists of chives, green onions, mint, basil, tarragon, cilantro, radish, parsley, dill, watercress and walnuts. It’s decoratively arranged on a large platter and passed with the family meal. Everyone grabs a handful of herbs and eats the greens along with their meal. I don’t recall where I first ran across Sabzi Khordan, but as soon as I found out what was in it, I had to try it.
Another way to enjoy this Persian recipe is to serve it with flat bread and goat’s milk feta cheese (which is quite a bit lighter in flavor than traditional feta cheese). I have been enjoying this for lunch for quite some time now. It’s a great way to get your daily quotient of greens and is a light, but filling, lunch.
One way to make this dish even more tasty is to grow these herbs yourself.
The relationship graphs were received so well last week, that I thought I would continue it again this week. I promise to return to full verbal/written word snarkiness next week, but will throw in the occasional graph just to mix things up a bit. Besides, it let’s me get my geek on.
This graph doesn’t depict the relationships between men and women so much as it displays the the relationships between women.
Recipe: Sabzi Khordan
- 1 Bunch Basil (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Tarragon (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Mint (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Chives (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Flat Leaf Parsley (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Cilantro (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Dill (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Green Onions (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Radish (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Bunch Watercress (trimmed and washed)
- 1 Handful of Walnuts
- 1 Block Goat’s Milk Feta Cheese
- 1 Package Flat Bread
- Remove the leaves of radishes and the green parts of the scallions.
- Vegetables should be trimmed to small, almost bite, size pieces.
- Dry all herbs and vegetables thoroughly.
- To make the onion “flowers,” make lengthwise cut from the white end of onion almost to the center of the onion; repeat and slice end into thin slivers. Toss into cold water and let sit for 30 seconds. You will then see the slices peel back and “bloom.”
- Remove the cheese from its package and place into a container filled with water.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove from the water and pat dry. (This removes some of the saltiness from the cheese.)
- Break the cheese into pieces and place on a separate plate.
- Place herbs, vegetables and walnuts on a platter and serve with cheese and flat bread.
You could also serve this with slices of lemon, to be squeezed on for more flavor.
Cooking time (duration): 20 Minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 8
Meal type: lunch
Culinary tradition: Persian