A very simple iranian ghormeh sabzi (قورمه سبزی) recipe

Ghormeh Sabzi is a popular Iranian stew made with herbs, beans, and beef or lamb. Here’s a comprehensive recipe to make it:




  • 1 lb (ca. 450gr) beef or lamb, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dried kidney beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup chopped fenugreek leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped leeks
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dried lime powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup oil (vegetable or olive oil)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp dried mint (optional)



  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and cook until they are soft and golden, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic and continue to cook for another minute.
  4. Add the beef or lamb cubes to the pan and cook until browned on all sides.
  5. Stir in the chopped parsley, cilantro, fenugreek leaves, leeks, turmeric, and dried lime powder. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour in 4 cups of water and the drained kidney beans.
  7. Cover the pan and let it simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the meat and beans are tender. Stir occasionally.
  8. If desired, add the dried mint during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  9. Serve the Ghormeh Sabzi hot over steamed rice.

Enjoy your delicious and flavorful Ghormeh Sabzi!

Here are some tips and tricks for making the perfect Ghormeh Sabzi:

  1. Use high-quality beef or lamb for the best flavor.
  2. Soaking the kidney beans overnight helps them cook faster and become more tender.
  3. Chop the herbs finely for a better texture in the stew.
  4. Use dried lime powder, not fresh lime juice, for a unique and authentic sour taste.
  5. Cook the stew low and slow to allow the flavors to develop and meld together.
  6. Use a large saucepan or Dutch oven so the ingredients have enough room to cook evenly.
  7. Stir the stew occasionally to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Add more salt, pepper, or dried lime powder if desired.
  9. Serve the Ghormeh Sabzi over steamed rice to soak up the delicious sauce.
  10. Consider adding a pinch of saffron for an extra touch of flavor and color.

By following these tips and tricks, you will be on your way to making a delicious and authentic Ghormeh Sabzi!