Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew)


  • ¼ cup canola oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless chuck roast, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped spinach
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onions (green part only)
  • ½ cup finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup finely chopped chives
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fenugreek leaves
  • 1 ½ cups water, or more as needed
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1lemon, juiced
  • 4dried Persian limes (limoo amani), or more to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until deep golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in turmeric for 1 to 2 minutes. Add chuck cubes; cook until coated in turmeric and browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes.


  • Step 2

    Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a separate pot over medium heat. Add spinach, green onions, parsley, cilantro, chives, and fenugreek leaves; cook and stir until deep dark green in color, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Stir spinach mixture into the onion and chuck mixture. Pour in enough water to create a slurry consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in lemon juice. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer stew until greens soften, about 1 hour.

  • Step 4

    Pierce dried limes with a fork and add to the stew. Continue simmering until chuck is tender, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Stir in red kidney beans. Cook until flavors combine, about 30 minutes. Discard dried limes before serving.

  • Cook's Note

    Substitute lamb stew meat for the chuck roast if preferred.

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