Friday, 24 July 2015

Persian Style Cauliflower Stew with Advieh

I've not heard of Advieh until quite recently.  Its a Persian  Spice Blend.  
 I don't claim this to be authentic in any way, but it introduced me to the the flavours of advieh. Although it looks like garam masala, its not spicy at all - imparting a slight sweetness, I guess from the cinnamon.  

I am looking forward to checking out some of my Middle Eastern Cookbooks for recipes that make the most of advieh,  but this dish was fine and welcomed on a day like today when the rain has not stopped, its been a continuous drizzle making you feel like a soggy sock.  Tucking into this Persian Stew made me a little radiant. 
I served it with pickled chillies and couscous instead of rice for a change. 

Cauliflower Stew
Serves 4
4 tablespoon oil
1 onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chill flakes
1 cauliflower, broken into bite size florets
1/2 teaspoon Advieh (See below)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 pint Vegetable stock 
1 x 400g tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Optional: 1 aubergines, sliced and cubed (roasted in the oven with 1 tablespoon oil, until golden and tender.  Set aside to cool)
Heat the oil in a wide pot, add the onion until transluscent.  
Add the turmeric, salt and chilli flakes and cook for a couple of minutes, before stirring in the cauliflower, cook for a around 10 minutes.  Then stir in the advieh and tomato paste and vegetable stock.  Bring to a boil, then turn heat to medium and allow to cook until the cauliflower is tender.  
When the cauliflower is cooked, stir in the chickpeas (and aubergine if using)
Simmer for a few minutes before serving, taste and adjust seasoning if necessayr. 
Adapted from a recipe by Andrea's Garden Cooking  see here

Advieh (Persian Spice Blend)Makes a small jar2 tablespoons dried rose petals1 tablespoon cum seeds, toasted1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted 2 tablespoons cinnamon1/2 tablespoon cardamonGood grating of nutmegMethodPut all the spices into a blender, and blitz until smooth. Transfer to a jar.  


  1. This is a spice mix I had not heard of. Sounds a bit like a Persian version of Ras al Hanout.

    1. Apparently there are two types of Advieh - one for seasoning rice dishes and the other one for stews. I know what you mean comparing it to Ras al Hanout, I also thought it was a bit like Tunisian Baharat too.

  2. That certainly looks good and the seasoning sounds good too!


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