[caption id="attachment_1725" align="alignleft" width="202"] Soli Zardosht[/caption]
Soli Zardosht, an Iranian chef, residing in London runs a food stall at Broadway Market every Saturday. She prepares exclusive Persian dishes and each week her most popular dish, Kuku, sells out; this is her famous orange chicken which is similar to an Iranian egg-based frittata. She serves it with a delicious Persian rice, which is just bursting with flavor. She also prepares meals for a local restaurant, Café Oto.
Four years in the making and Zardosht is having great success with her business. She creates what she calls modern Persian dishes, but still uses the same ingredients which were used by her mother and grandmother. She loves preparing her dishes and remembers how her family in Iran would gather in the kitchen around the dinner table. She said they would stay awake for hours on end cooking and sharing stories with one another.
She had previously found it difficult to find the Persian dishes which she so loved, and now she has the wonderful opportunity of bringing her culture to another part of the world and is excited about sharing her Persian recipes.
[caption id="attachment_1726" align="alignright" width="298"] Maryam's stall - Noosh[/caption]
Iranian food is becoming increasingly popular, and another Persian stall is now up and running at Chatsworth Road Market on Sundays. The stall, Noosh, sells the tastiest Persian dishes, and is run by Maryam Asghari, along with the rest of her family, who are delighted that their Persian food is "finally getting the attention it deserves." They serve a pomegranate lamb and koo sabzi, as one of their dishes, which is like a frittata, prepared using egg and a lot of herbs topped with mouth-watering barberries and walnuts.
Sabrina Ghayour is a supper club host and also the author of the book Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond. She started doing supper clubs about five years ago and has since worked alongside some of London's top chefs.
Ghayour runs the supper clubs at her home with as many as 10-20 guests at an event. She does cook for larger events too, sometimes catering for up to 150 guests. If this is not enough to keep her busy, she still hosts her own cookery classes as well. She says her students enjoy it, and she often sees them come back again and again.
[caption id="attachment_1727" align="alignleft" width="217"] Sabrina Ghayour[/caption]
Her food is bursting with the delicious flavors of Iran, and her signature dishes include spiced lamb and marinated feta and meatballs. Her meatballs are amazing, and she makes such an interesting variety that her customers are often overwhelmed.
Persian restaurants are popping up in many parts of London. DinDin is a fairly new take-away, called an "Iranian Itsu" and serves a great Persian grilled chicken with our lovely barberry and saffron rice fusion. Their ad-goosh, chick-pea based lamb soup, has also become a good seller.
Many restaurants, such as Arbutus and Dock Kitchen in SoHo are now featuring Persian dishes on their menu. As we find many celebrity chefs, including Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson taking a liking to Persian recipes, let's hope more people across the world will be introduced to our way of cooking.