Minoo’s Recipe for Khoresht-e-Gheimeh

Khoresht-e-Gheimeh is a kind of Persian split-pea stew and is another favorite in the Beech household. We sometimes serve this at the Bahá’í meetings we hold in our home. In the amounts indicated this dish should serve about 5-6 people.  


4 medium Potatoes

2-3 handfuls of Split Peas (recommend par-boiled)

1 pound lamb or beef cut into cubes

1 large onion chopped into thin slices

1 can of chopped tomatoes

Squeeze of tomato puree

Dried limes (or lime juice)

A pinch of turmeric and cinnamon

Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Peel and chop potatoes like French fries. Fry until golden-brown put to one side.
  2. Fry the meat and onions in a medium pan over a moderate heat until they turn golden-brown, adding the turmeric cinnamon and salt and pepper (to taste)
  3. Add water (about two cupfuls), chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, split-peas and limes. Cook on a medium-low heat for about 45 minutes, stir frequently to avoid sticking. (If you are using dried limes instead of lime juice, remove them before serving-they are only meant to add flavour to the dish whilst cooking)
  4. Add potato ‘french-fries’, cook for a further 5-7 minutes
  5. Serve hot with Iranian-style rice (basmati is good)



7 thoughts on “Minoo’s Recipe for Khoresht-e-Gheimeh

  1. Just cooked it and it is delightful. I did use meat free mince as I’m a veggie and I’ve had this dish many years ago when I did eat meat, and I must add, it turned out very very nice.

    Thanks ever so much.

  2. Dear Mr.karl

    My name is mehdi and i’m a chef. In 2011 i was bakery section manager in Carrefour and since February 2012 hired by Sodexo Co. and working as the remote site chef. Such an honor to see that a man who is not belong to our country,has passion for our tastes. Please add me on face book by Mohammad Mehdi Forouzani. A guy with black shirt and red tie.

    Best regards.

    • Thank you for the kind words Mehdi- being married to my Iranian wife for 23 years and having visited Iran on a number of occasions I have a great love for Iranian culture..

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