Khoresh Gheymeh

Khoresht Gheymeh is a traditional Iranian dish made with lamb, yellow split peas (Chana Dal), dried lime, and tomatoes.


What are the Ingredients?

  • 600g chuck cubes
  • 200g yellow split peas (Chana Dal)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 3 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 dried limes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin(optional)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg(optional)
  • 1.5tsp cinnamon(optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom(optional)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 potatoes


Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 90 minutes Cooking method: cooking
Cooking Skills: Easy Meal: Lunch/dinner Suitable for: 4 people


How to prepare Khoresh Gheymeh?

Step 1: Preparing Ingredients

Chop the onions.

Rinse the split peas.

Crush the tomatoes.

Pierce the dried limes using a fork.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into juliennes.


Step 2: Preparing Meat and cooking Stew

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a separate large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the onions until deep golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Put in the garlic. Stir in the turmeric, salt and pepper, and other spices for 1 to 2 minutes. Add chuck cubes; fry until coated in turmeric and browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, cover the pot and let the tomatoes cook for 8-10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, rinsed split peas, and add the dried limes. Add water and let it cook.

Simmer Gheymeh over low heat for about 1h30. Check the stew every 10-15, to make sure that the stew has not dried out too much. Add some water if needed.


Step 3: Preparing Potatoes

Deep fry the potatoes and set them aside for garnishing Gheymeh stew.


Step 4: Serve

Serve the stew on a deep plate. Discard dried limes before serving. Garnish with the fried potatoes. You can serve this typical Iranian dish with perfect steamed Persian rice(Chelo) and fresh herbs.

Bon Apetit!






Useful links:

Delicious Iranian Side Dishes

Persian steamed rice (Chelo)

How to prepare Persian Dried Lime


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