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]

Ghormeh sabzi
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Alternative namesQormeh sabzi
Place of origin Iran
Main ingredientsHerbs (parsley, leeks or green onions, cilantro, dried fenugreek leaves)


Ghormeh is derived from Turkic kavurmak and means "braised," while sabzi is the Persian word for herbs.[2]


Homemade Ghormeh Sabzi

The main ingredients are a mixture of sauteed herbs, consisting mainly of parsley, leeks or green onions, and coriander, seasoned with the key spice of dried fenugreek leaves. The herb mixture has many variations. Any dark bitter greens can be used, such as kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, etc., although none are part of the original recipe.[3]

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.[4] Vegetarian ghormeh sabzi may substitute whole walnut pieces or mushrooms for the meat.[5]

International Ghormeh Sabzi DayEdit

The last Saturday of each November (First Shanbeh of the Month of Azar in Solar-Hijri Calendar) was declared as the International Ghorme Sabzi day (Persian: روز جهانی قرمه سبزی) 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 alsoEdit


  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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Ghormeh Sabzi – Persian Herb Stew
  4. ^ Iran: Ghormeh Sabzi
  5. ^ "Ghormeh Sabzi -Blog | Persian Food-Termeh Travel". Termeh Blog. 2019-06-02. Retrieved 2019-06-23.

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