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Kuku also spelled as kookoo (Persian: کوکو‎, Azerbaijani: kükü) is an egg-based Iranian dish.[1] It is frequently a vegetarian dish, made with whipped eggs which then are folded in with various ingredients.[1]

Kuku sabzi, with herbs and topped with barberries and walnuts
Place of originIran Azerbaijan
Associated national cuisineIranian cuisine
Main ingredientsEggs
Similar dishesFrittata



For the typical kuku sabzi recipe (as pictured), the eggs and herbs are mixed and seasoned with salt, black pepper, walnuts, sometimes flour, sometime barberries, sometimes baking powder and ground turmeric or adviyeh spice mixture. The mixture is then poured into a preheated oiled pan, covered and cooked over low heat until set, sometimes flipped or finished in a hot oven. Some cooks saute the herbs briefly before adding the eggs. The amount of herb ingredient usually greatly exceeds the amount of egg, the egg merely serving to hold the kuku together, making the predominant flavor that of the herbs rather than that of a typical "egg omelette." Walnuts and zereshk (barberries) are a favorite garnish for on top. It is often sliced and served hot or cold with bread or rice, yogurt, sabzi khordan (platter of fresh herbs) and torshi (pickled vegetables). Kuku can be a main dish or an appetizer.[1]

Kuku is similar to the Italian dish frittata, the Arabian eggah or an open-faced omelette.[2] Kuku typically has less egg than a frittata, and it cooks for a shorter amount of time, over a low heat,[3] before turned over[3] or grilled briefly to set the top layer.[4]


Iranians including ethnic Persians and ethnic Azeris make many different types of kukus with a variety of flavorings.[5][6] Some variations include; Kuku sabzi (herb Kuku), potato kuku (Kuku sib-zamini), lima bean and dill kuku, fava bean Kuku (Kuku Shevid-Baqala), squash Kuku, eggplant Kuku (kuku-ye bademjan), zucchini Kuku, and chicken Kuku (kuku-ye morgh).[7]

Kuku sabziEdit

One of the most popular variations is kuku sabzi (Persian: کوکوسبزی‎, 'fresh-herb kuku'), flavored with some combination of herbs and leafy vegetables (e.g. scallions, parsley, chives, coriander, dill, spinach, fenugreek leaves) and tinted a deep green. This dish is often served at Persian New Year (Nowruz) and has been associated with a food one would bring to Sizdeh Bedar picnic (the 13th day of Persian New Year, marks the end of the holiday often celebrated with an outdoor picnic).[8][9]

Kuku sib zaminiEdit

Another kuku popular in Iran is called kuku sib-zamini or kuku-ye sibzameezi (Gilaki: کوکو سیب زمینی‎, 'potato kuku').[10] Potato kuku is made with shredded potatoes, onion, saffron, and sometimes garlic, chives, cinnamon, turmeric or nutmeg. Frequently, potato kuku is cooked in smaller patties, but it is also cooked as a larger pancake or baked.[11] This dish has been compared to latke, rösti, and the tortilla española (Spanish omelette).

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  1. ^ a b c "Kookoo Sabzi II – Persian Herb Kookoo (an encore presentation)". Fig and Quince, Persian Cooking and Culture. January 9, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Najmieh Batmanglij (24 Oct 2007). A Taste of Persia: An Introduction to Persian Cooking. I.B.Tauris. p. 49.
  3. ^ a b Sarah Brown (1984). Vegetarian Cookbook. HarperCollins. p. 127. ISBN 0-7225-2694-6.
  4. ^ Gillian Riley (1 November 2007). "Eggs". The Oxford Companion to Italian Food. Oxford University Press. p. 168.
  5. ^ Nesta Ramazani (1997). "Persian Souffles (Kookoo)". Persian Cooking: A Table of Exotic Delights. Ibex. pp. 53–65. ISBN 0936347775.
  6. ^ "Yotam Ottolenghi's aubergine kuku recipe". The Guardian. 2 January 2010. p. 43.
  7. ^ Lamborn, Sanam (March 28, 2012). "Potato Kuku". My Persian Kitchen. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Bashar, Laura. "Kookoo Sabzi (Persian Herb Quiche)". Family Spice. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Lamborn, Sanam. "Sizedeh Bedhar, 13th Day of Norouz". My Persian Kitchen. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  10. ^ Khan, Yasmin (2016). The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 76. ISBN 1408868741.
  11. ^ "Kuku-ye Sibzamini (Potato Patties)". Vida Vitality, Bad Assing it All The Way. March 25, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.

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