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Shared by Ayala Hodak

Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew)

Yield: 6 - 8 servingsTime: 3h

Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew)

Yield: 6 - 8 servingsTime: 3h

This recipe was shared by Ayala Hodak. Read more about her family in "A Quintessential Persian Stew." 


  • 12 dried black Persian limes, halved and seeded
  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup black eyed peas, soaked overnight
  • 3 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 bunches parsley (8 cups leaves and tender stems), washed, dried, and roughly chopped
  • 3 bunches cilantro (8 cups leaves and tender stems), washed, dried, and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch mint (1½ cups leaves), washed, dried, and roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, green part only, sliced into ⅛-inch strips and washed
  • 3 tablespoons dried savory
  • 3 tablespoons dried mint
  • 3 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2½ teaspoons ground cumin
Cooking ProjectsSoups & StewsMeat Gluten FreeKosher for PassoverMiddle East


  • Step 1

    Place dried Persian limes in medium heatproof bowl. Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil in a small saucepan and pour over the dried limes. Let sit until ready to use.

  • Step 2

    In large stockpot, place the beef chuck and cover with the remaining 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil and skim the foam off the top. Reduce the heat and simmer and cook for 1 hour, skimming the foam as needed.

  • Step 3

    Add the beans to the pot and increase the heat to a boil for 5 minutes, continuing to skim any foam off the top. Add the dried Persian lemons with their soaking liquid and reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover and cook for another hour.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook without any oil until they begin to sweat, 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and continue to cook until golden brown, 5 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl and add all of the remaining ingredients.

  • Step 5

    Once the beans are tender, add the onion and herb mixture to the pot and stir to incorporate. Cover and continue to cook until the greens have wilted and the stew is fragrant, 20 to 30 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt as needed and serve.

Note: This recipe can be made in less time using a pressure cooker to cook the beef while you simmer the beans on the stovetop. Then, add the beef to the beans with the herb mixture and simmer until the greens have wilted.