Country we are exploring:  Iran

Continent:  Asia

Capital:  Tehran

Population:  77.5 million

Official language(s):  Farsi

Suggestion for fun image:  Chef Koochooloo riding on a magic carpet on top of Isfahan Mosques

Fun fact:  On the last Tuesday of each year, children in Iran celebrate the New Year by participating in the Festival of Fire (Chahar-Shanbeh Soori) and jumping over fire!

Bonfires are made in the streets and yards, representing good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. Iranians believe that by jumping over fire, they will have enlightenment, good health and happiness throughout the coming year.

English recipe name:  Persian Herb Frittata (Sugar-free & Vegetarian)

Name of dish in native country:  Kuku

Type of dish:  Side dish

Recommended season or holiday:  New Year’s

Serving Size:  6-8 people

Ingredient spotlight:  Parsley

Can you guess what is the most popular herb in the world? It’s parsley!

Parsley is a related to celery and derives its name from the Greek word meaning “rock celery”. Parsley can help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can cause pain in your joints, typically in fingers, wrists, feet, and ankles.

Tools:

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, packed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, packed
  • 1 cup dill, packed
  • 1 cup chopped chives or tareh
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1-2 tbsp zereshk (barberries), washed and drained
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Big Chef Duties:

  1. Rough chop the herbs.
  2. Toast the walnuts for a few minutes.
  3. Warm up a non-stick pan with some oil.  Place the egg and herbs mixture in. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes on medium-low.
  4. Cut the kuku into four pieces and carefully flip each piece.  Cover and cook for another 20 minutes or until kuku is cooked through

Little Chef Duties:

  1. Remove stems from all herbs.
  2. Place eggs in a bowl. Add baking powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Add herbs, walnuts, and zereshk to the eggs. Mix well until all nicely incorporated.

Learn while you wait:  What kind of geometric shapes can you make with your Kuku? Try diamonds, hexagons, and circles.

Presentation:  Cut kuku into 8 wedges and place on a serving platter.

Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe:  Nooshe jan

Did you know?  Girls in Iran don’t always enjoy the same opportunities as boys. For instance, girls are not allowed to play soccer.

Conversation Igniters:  How would you feel if you had to live in a country where girls and boys did not have the same opportunities?

Take Action:  http://www.humanium.org/en/iran/