5 Simple Persian Summertime Recipes
What to eat when it’s too hot to cook?
This recipe roundup is a retrospective collection of 5 Persian yummy, healthy and super easy summertime recipes that require zero to little facetime with the stove. And guess what? They’re all vegetarian recipes & a couple of them are even vegan.
Summer cooking made fun and easy. Beat the heat with these chill Persian treats!
1. Deconstructed Watermelon Sandwich
“Noon’ o panir’ o hendonneh,” or “bread and cheese and watermelon” is a traditional Persian summertime fare. This fabulous free-spirited deconstructed watermelon sandwich — unencumbered by the tyrannical bonds of bread — requires no cooking; is super simple to assemble; and it is light, healthy, refreshing, and addictively tasty.
TIP: Make sure that the watermelon is completely chilled. Warm watermelon is like a bad kiss — it just makes you sad, and why bother?
2. Salad Shirazi | Summertime Salad
Shiraz is a magical city steeped in history, poetry, and beauty. Maybe that’s why Salad Shirzai somehow manages to elevate the perfectly pedestrian affair of an ordinary cucumber, tomato, and onion salad into something extraordinary.
Tip: Dice the cucumber, tomato and onions the same size. Uniformity of the ingredients’ size is a key part of the texture, and texture is a key element of how this so very simple salad is so very wonderful.
3. Cucumber & Mint Yogurt Soup | Mast ‘o Khiar
I personally am a devotee of the Iranian custom of enjoying a side of yogurt with most dishes and this classic cucumber & mint yogurt concoction — fragrant and creamy and crunchy — takes it to the next level. So simple, so good. Served year-round as a side dish, the Persian cucumber & mint yogurt “soup” is a particularly perfect summertime recipe for the dog days of summer.
TIPS: Add raisins and walnuts to make it a heartier fare. Sprinkle mast’o khiar with a Jackson Pollock flourish of dried rose petals for uber sensory charm.
4. Persian Cantaloupe Slushi |Paloodeh Talebi
Think of Paloodeh Talebi – a Persian summer drink — as a cantaloupe-cooler or slushy. Paloodeh Talebi is invigoratingly refreshing and spectacularly easy to make. Isn’t that beautiful?
TIP: Thoughtfully sip this super simple yet magically delicious concoction while marveling at your marvelous fate.
5. Charming Apricots | Maloos Zard Aloo
A genius no fuss no muss summertime Persian dish called: Charming Apricots. Recipe passed on from my grandmother to my father then to yours truly. Prepare to be charmed!
TIP: If you ever have one too many apricots and want to make your belly happy but also want to exit the kitchen fast, this recipe is for you.
So there you go! These were some of my tried and true go-to recipes for those hot summer days when you literally can’t stand the heat in the kitchen.
Feed the hunger and quench the thirst with these yummy and classic Persian summertime recipes that save you from the tyranny of hot stoves and ovens.
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