Cuisine: Persian / Iranian
In Iran, this is an essential dish for the New Year’s feast. For the rest of us it’s a fantastic, fresh, and nutritious recipe. It has various preparation stages but don’t let that intimidate you from enjoying a truthfully fragrant dish. Enjoy!
Cooking time: approx. 15 min
You need: mixing bowls, a skillet, an oven sheet pan and parchment paper
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium, yellow onions, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1⁄3 cup (50 g) dried barberries, soaked in cold water for 15 minutes, rinsed, and drained
- 1 Tsp grape molasses* or sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- 6 eggs
- 1 Tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp advieh (Persian spice mix. See Notes.)
- 1+1/2 Tsp sea salt
- 1 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 Tsp turmeric
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup (40 g) finely chopped Romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cup (50 g) finely chopped spring onions (white and green parts)
- 1 cup (85 g) finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 cup (85 g) finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 cup (85 g) finely chopped fresh dill
- 1/2 cup (60 g) coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1 Tbsp rice flour
- Optional: 1 Tbsp dried fenugreek
- 4 Tbsp olive oil, for cooking the kuku
Caramelize the onions
- Heat the oil in a wide skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions for 15 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- Remove the onions and allow to cool.
Make the garnish
- In the same skillet, place the oil, barberries, grape molasses, and the water, and stir-fry for 4 minutes over medium heat (taking care as barberries burn easily).
- Transfer the barberries to a small bowl and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F.
- Line a quarter-sized (9+1/2 x 13 in or 24 x 33 cm) rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.
Make the batter
- Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the baking powder, advieh, salt, pepper, and turmeric.
- Beat lightly with a fork.
- Add the garlic, lettuce, herbs, walnuts, flour, and caramelized onions, and fold in gently using a spatula. Do not over-mix.
Cook the Kuku
- Brush the lined sheet pan with 4 Tbsp oil.
- Pour in the batter, and gently shake the pan to even out the batter.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
- Garnish with the caramelized barberries.
- Cut the kuku into pieces in any way you like. (Squares works best.)
Notes on Fresh Herb Kuku – Persian Rice Recipe
- You can substitute barberries with cranberries.
- Advieh is a Persian spice mix. You can buy it ready-made from a specialty store or make your own. Here’s how.
- Serve hot, or at room temperature, with lavash bread and Yogurt and Persian Shallot Dip (mast-o musir, page 49). Nush-e joon!