Monday, November 10, 2008

Iranian Herb Quiche (Sabzi Kuku)

My father in law once made Sabzi Kuku when he was visiting my husband and I in St. Louis. It is his specialty, and my husband goes gaga over it. This was the first time I tried it. That day he spent hours washing, mincing, and mixing herbs (insane amounts). He then mixed berries and walnuts and eggs into it. I thought to myself, that seems really weird, and it was intensely green! The end result was so unusual and fantastic I learned it myself. Here is how I make it, with a few modifications of Batmanglij's recipe.

5-6 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
dash of cinnamon
dash of cumin
dash of cardamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 c finely minced scallions
1 c finely minced parsley
1 c finely minced cilantro
1 c finely minced dill
1 tblsp flour
1 tbslp dried fenugreek
2 tblsp barberries
1/4-1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/2 oil or clarified butter
3 tbslp chopped tarragon
1 romaine leaf

First soak all of the herbs to clean them very well. Finely chop all of the herbs. In a large mixing bowl whisk all of the ingredients together. I think it is good to give it a good whip with an electric mixer to allow some air bubbles--this makes it fluffier. Preheat oven to 350. Grease (generously) a 9 inch cake pan. Pour the mixture into the pan, and cook in oven until cooked all the way through. You can then just plop it out and cut in wedges. Serve with feta cheese or yogurt. 


jess said...

Oh, I'm so sad I couldn't be in town for your dinner!! So how long did this dish end up taking to make?

Shannon said...

I cooked for two days straight almost...but was in heaven!