My mom and I decided to try making this sesame brittle, or shirini konjedi (literally: sesame candy) as it's called in Farsi. It was so simple and came together quickly and easily! I found myself meandering back to my parents' pantry throughout the day to sneak a few pieces.
Many countries have claimed dolma, rolled grape leaves, as their own. During a trip through Greece a few years ago, my sister and I took a Greek cooking class where we learned how to make dolma and our teacher proudly exclaimed this food originated in Greece. But Iran, Iraq, Armenia, and Turkey all have their own version of dolma too. This recipe below is how my Iranian mother-in-law makes her dolma, or dolmeh barge mo.
Looking back, I’m pretty sure my mother-in-law was strategic in making kookoo as a way to lure me into her family. I can’t prove it for sure, but either way, it worked.
Not a mere 30 seconds of entering my mother-in-law's home and you will already be greeted with the ever-present aroma of saffron, cardamom, and rose water, which will stay nestled in your clothes long after you've left. You will also be greeted with many kisses on the cheek, and before you have even taken off… Continue reading How to Make Persian Chai