Khoresht-e Gheimeh Recipe

Gheimeh: A Traditional Persian Stew

Khoresht-e Gheimeh, a classic Persian stew, is a staple in Iranian cuisine, known for its unique combination of meat, split peas, and a rich tomato base, often garnished with fries. This guide will walk you through creating this flavorful dish.


For the Stew:

  • Lamb or beef, diced – 500g
  • Yellow split peas – 1 cup
  • Onion, finely chopped – 1 large
  • Tomato paste – 3 tablespoons
  • Dried limes (Limoo Amani) – 4 to 5
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil – 3 tablespoons
  • Water – 4 cups

For the Garnish:

  • Potatoes, cut into fries – 2 large
  • Oil for frying


  • Large pot
  • Frying pan

Preparing the Stew

  1. Sauté Onions and Meat: In a large pot, heat oil and sauté onions until golden. Add the diced meat, turmeric, and cinnamon. Cook until the meat is browned.
  2. Cook Split Peas: In a separate pot, boil split peas until they are half-cooked, then drain.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Add tomato paste to the meat and onions. Cook for a few minutes. Add the half-cooked split peas, dried limes, salt, pepper, and water.
  4. Simmer the Stew: Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 1.5 hours, or until the meat is tender and the flavors have blended.

Preparing the Garnish

  1. Fry the Potatoes: Cut the potatoes into fries. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the potatoes until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels.

Serving Khoresht-e Gheimeh

  1. Serve the Stew: Check the seasoning of the stew and adjust if necessary. The stew should have a thick, rich consistency.
  2. Add Garnish: Serve the stew hot, topped with the crispy potato fries.
  3. Accompaniments: Typically, Khoresht-e Gheimeh is served with basmati rice.

Tips for Perfect Khoresht-e Gheimeh

  • Dried Limes: Pierce the dried limes before adding them to the stew for better infusion of their tart flavor.
  • Consistency: Ensure the stew isn’t too thin. It should have a hearty, thick texture.
  • Split Peas: Don’t overcook the split peas at the beginning, as they will continue to cook in the stew.

Khoresht-e Gheimeh is a dish that brings a taste of Persian tradition to your dining table. Its rich flavors and textures make it a beloved choice for everyday meals and special occasions alike. For more insights into the world of Persian cuisine, don’t miss 10 Best Persian Foods to Try.

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SURFIRAN Editorial Team

SURFIRAN is an Iranian tour operator and travel agency offering tour packages to those interested in Iran. It provides the tourists with services needed to travel to Iran, offers tours across the country, and assists the tourists in obtaining Iranian visas.

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