Ghormeh sabzi

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Ghormeh Sabzi
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The National Dish of Iran
Alternative names Qormeh Sabzi
Type Stew
Place of origin  Iran
Main ingredients Herbs (parsley, leeks or green onions, cilantro, dried fenugreek leaves)
Cookbook: Ghormeh Sabzi  Media: Ghormeh Sabzi

Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian: قورمه‌ سبزی‎‎) (also spelled as Qormeh Sabzi) is an Iranian herb stew. It is a very popular dish in Iran[1] It is often said[by whom?] to be the Iranian national dish.


Ghormeh is the Persian word for "stew",[2] while sabzi is the Persian word for herbs.[3]


The main ingredients are a mixture of sauteed herbs, consisting mainly of parsley, leeks or green onions, coriander, seasoned with the key spice of dried fenugreek leaves. The herb mixture has many variations; any dark bitter green can be used (kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, etc., all work, although none are part of the original recipe).

This mixture is cooked with kidney beans or yellow split-peas, yellow or red onions, black lime (pierced dried limu-Omani Persian lime), and turmeric-seasoned lamb or beef. The dish is then served with chelow (Persian parboiled and steamed rice) or over tahdig.

International Ghormeh Sabzi Day[edit]

The last Saturday of each November (First Shanbeh of the Month of Azar in Solar-Hijri Calendar) was declared as the International Ghorme Sabzi (Persian: روز جهانی قرمه سبزی) day by Iranian expats to familiarize people of different cultures with Iranian cuisine and history. This unofficial holiday is usually two days after Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dana-Haeri, Jila; Ghorashian, Shahrzad; Lowe, Jason (2011). New Persian Cooking: A Fresh Approach to the Classic Cuisine of Iran. I.B.Tauris. p. 79. ISBN 978-1848855861. 
  2. ^ Hosking, Richard (2010-01-01). Food and Language: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cooking 2009. Oxford Symposium. ISBN 9781903018798. 
  3. ^ Gur, Janna (2014). "Ghormeh Sabzi - Beef and Herb Stew". Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh, More Than 100 Unforgettable Dishes Updated for Today's Kitchen. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. pp. 1–240. ISBN 978-0805243093. Ghormeh in Persian means "stew", of which there are quite a lot in Persian cuisine. Sabzi means "herbs" and sometimes refers to the fresh herbs that accompany a traditional meal. 

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