Persian Ghormeh Sabzi

Ghormeh Sabzi

Ghormeh sabzi is a very popular Persian stew made with herbs, beans, and often lamb. The spice kit includes two ingredients that create the extraordinary flavor of this aromatic dish: Persian dried limes aka Omani limes and fenugreek leaves also called methi. Crush some leaves in your hand and note the scent of caramel. 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 3


  • 1 can red kidney beans 15 oz, rinsed
  • 1 lb leek sliced
  • 1 bunch parsley finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper

Ghormeh Sabzi Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Methi (fenugreek leaves)
  • Pouch [2] Omani limes, turmeric


  • 1/2 lb lamb filet cut into 1/4 inch strips

Recommended Side

  • 4 cups cooked Basmati rice


  • In a medium POT, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  • Fry onion and garlic over low-medium heat until the onions turn translucent.
  • Careful of splatters, add the leek and fry until it’s soft. Stir frequently.
  • Add herbs and Ghormeh Sabzi [1] spices. Mix well.
  • Continue to fry until the mixture has lost most of its moisture and starts to turn brown.
  • Stir frequently. Pay attention not to burn the herbs.
  • Add beans, 1 cup of water, Ghormeh Sabzi [2] spices, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Cover. Cook 20 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Stir occasionally. Add more water if necessary.


  • Season lamb with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a PAN, heat oil and fry lamb quickly over high heat to your desired doneness.
  • Add lamb to the finished stew.


  • Serve ghormeh sabzi with rice.
  • Enjoy!


▪ Substitute leek with spinach leaves. Skip step 3. Add spinach together with herbs in the next step.
▪ Substitute cilantro with another bunch of parsley, or a bunch of chives or dill. If you want something extra special, we recommend Persian chives.
▪ Substitute kidney beans with black beans or cranberry beans.
▪ Substitute lamb with pork, beef, or chicken.