Kookoo Sabzi a Quick Vegetarian Iranian Dish



Kookoo Sabzi, an Iranian dish ideal for vegetarians and others

With a tempting aroma and flavor, it comes from a large family called Kookoo with eggs as the basic ingredient. And Sabzi means herbs in Persian. So, Kookoo Sabzi is an egg based vegetarian Iranian dish.

If you don’t have enough time but you want to prepare something enjoyable to eat, this recipe would be a good suggestion.

Ingredients of Kookoo Sabzi:

  • ½ cup minced chives
  • ½ cup minced parsley
  • ½ cup minced dill
  • ½ cup minced cilantro (optional)
  • 4-5 lettuce leaves, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • ½ cup chopped walnut (optional)
  • 2 tbsps. dried barberries (optional)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper powder

Directions to Make This Vegetarian Iranian Dish:

1. Crack the eggs into a big bowl. Add baking powder, turmeric powder, flour, salt, and black pepper powder. Whisk until mixed smoothly.

2. Add the prepared herbs, lettuce, and garlic to the bowl and mix them well. Then, add the walnuts and dried barberries and stir to combine.


  • Before mincing the lettuce leaves remove the stems.

3. Heat the oil in a nonstick pan until sizzling over medium low heat. Then, transfer your mixture to the pan and get it flat with the back of a tablespoon with a little pressure. After that, cover the pan and let your Kookoo Sabzi cook gently. Tilt the lid.

4. After about 20 minutes, check your food. When the sides look brown, remove the pan from heat.

5. Remove the lid. Place a large plate over the pan and invert the Kookoo onto the plate. Next, slide the Kookoo back into the pan gently.


  • You can also cut the Kookoo into wedges and then invert them in the pan separately.

6. Cover and continue heating until the other side gets brown, too. Now you have a vegetarian Iranian dish to serve.


  • it’s better to make your Kookoo Sabzi at most about 3 cm thick. Otherwise, it doesn’t cook properly in the middle.

How to serve Kookoo Sabzi:

Transfer the Kookoo onto a serving platter and cut it into wedges. You can sauté some dried barberry and use it for garnishing along with some chopped walnut. This Iranian dish has to be serve with bread. And as a side dish you can have yogurt, pickles, or Shirazi salad.

Each person can take a wedge on their plates, cut a small piece at a time, and warp it in a piece of bread to eat. To cut the wedge into small pieces, most of the people use a fork or even a spoon, but you can also use a knife if you wish.

If you’re looking for something healthy, delicious, convenient, and quick among Iranian food, I highly recommend you try KooKoo Sabzi.