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Kuku Sabzi - Persian Herb Frittata

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Kuku Sabzi - a Persian Herb Frittata that's a traditional Nowruz (Persian New Year) recipe made to celebrate the arrival of spring. Made with tons of fresh herbs, eggs and dried barberries, or zereshk.

Kuku Sabzi - Persian Herb Frittata

  • Servings: ¼ frittata
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cooking Time: 40 min


  • 1 cup minced parsley
  • 1 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 cup minced dill
  • 1 cup minced scallions
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 2 tablespoons zereshk - known as dried barberries, washed and soaked in water for 30 mins (soak while you prep the herbs)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Wash and mince all your herbs - this while take a good amount of time so pop in a movie and get chopping!
  2. Place all the minced herbs into a large bowl, and mix in the eggs, zereshk (dried barberries), salt, pepper and baking powder. The baking powder will help the frittata get a bit fluffier! Mix until combined.
  3. In a deep-walled non-stick pan, heat the olive oil over medium low heat. You want the heat to be very gentle.
  4. Once the pan has heated (about 5 minutes), pour your frittata mixture into the pan and put the lid on.
  5. Let it cook, covered, for about 25-30 minutes until the frittata has set.
  6. Cut into 4 slices and gently unstick from the pan - serve immediately or freeze for later use.

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Ingredient note: Dry barberries are very tart, tangy little red berries. The closest thing would be dried currants but there really is no suitable replacement. You can find dried barberries at a Middle Eastern / Persian market or online.

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