This Vegan Iranian Khoresh Gheymeh is a meat-free take on an Iranian classic. It’s an aromatic and tangy stew that’s very easy to make, with only a handful of ingredients. It comes together in under an hour. Also, it’s served with French fries!

Iranian Khoresh Gheymeh [Vegan]

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  • 1 medium Russet potato, peeled and sliced into French fries
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for frying (divided)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of quick-cook yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 dried limes (limo Omani)
  • 1 1/2 cups water, plus an additional 2 1/2 cups water, divided
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 cups of steamed basmati rice, to serve


  1. Submerge the potatoes in a cold water bath for 10-15 minutes to draw out the starch. This encourages maximum crispness when frying.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a pot that has a lid. Add onions and sprinkle with salt to draw out the water. Then stir in turmeric. Cook until onions are golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil in a saucepan with a lid. Add yellow split peas and reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Cover and cook for 14 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain and set aside.
  5. Puncture each dried lime once on each end with a knife or fork. This draws out the flavor and tartness of the limes. Be careful because the rinds are tough.
  6. Add garlic to the onions. Cook until garlic is fragrant–about 1-2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cinnamon, dried limes, split peas, and 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring to boil, cover, and reduce to simmer. Cook for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat a pan on medium-high heat. Then enough olive oil for a shallow fry (about 1 inch in depth). Pat the potatoes dry to prevent splattering. Then fry them in batches and cook until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  8. Place the finished French fries on a baking rack placed over a paper towel-lined baking tray and season with salt and pepper. (This method keeps the fries as crispy as possible). Alternatively, place them over a paper towel-lined serving platter.
  9. Season the Khoresh Gheymeh with salt and pepper, to taste. Finish with lime juice. Top with French fries and serve with steamed basmati rice. Enjoy!

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