Persian Fingerling Potato Quiche with Chives (Kookoo-yeh Sib-Zamini)

The Persian kookoo is similar to a quiche, but is a little more dense. This recipe for Persian Fingerling Potato Quiche with Chives (Kookoo-yeh Sib-Zamini) is a twist of the traditional Persian version and uses sliced potatoes instead of mashed.

Persian Fingerling Potato Quiche with Chives (Kookoo-yeh Sib-Zamini) by

I do not pride myself of being a connoisseur of Persian foods. My mother cooked the stews we loved when we were growing up, but we didn’t branch out and try the other wonderful Persian dishes. Typically, we’d try new things when we went to visit my mom’s side of the family in California or when my grandparents would visit us from Iran. Just like many other families, food and cooking is central in our lives.

My grandmother (pictured below) was an amazing cook. When I think of her, I remember her in the kitchen cooking and the smells emanating from her kitchen and down the hall outside as we approached her apartment.

My Aunt Louise is also an exceptional cook. She wrote up (in farsi) a collection of her recipes for her kids. My mother translated these recipes years ago into English for the younger generation (like me) to enjoy. I still use my Aunt’s cookbook as a reference to traditional Persian cooking.

My Uncle Parviz is also an amazing cook. He doesn’t believe in cookbooks. He’ll follow a recipe loosely if it’s new to him, but he immediately makes it his own. When I attended the college, I lived in the same town as my uncle and I frequently went to his house for weekend getaways and good food.

This is how I spent my free-time my freshman year!

My aunt was sweet and said, “Laura, we love having you here, but you can’t spend every weekend here!”

How could I turn down this good food?

Now that I have my own family to cook for, and a non-traditional Persian for a husband, I find myself going back to my mom, aunt and uncle to learn to cook some of our family’s favorite meals. I also have added my mother-in-law to my consulting group, although her family is from a different part of Iran.

But, I still tend to cook like my Uncle Parviz. I look at a recipe and make it my own.

Persian Fingerling Potato Quiche with Chives (Kookoo-yeh Sib-Zamini) by

This is what I did with this Kookoo. Persian Kookoo is similar to a quiche, but more dense and not as eggy. Pictured below is Kookoo-yeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Quiche). It is made with six different herbs and is extremely aromatic and delicious.

With traditional potato kookoo, you boil the potatoes first, peel them and then mash them. Then you mix it with egg and bake it. I didn’t want the extra step of boiling the potatoes, and since I still had fingerling potatoes left over from the Idaho Potato Commission, so I came up with this version.

I cut the fingerlings into thin slices and mixed it with eggs, chives, milk and saffron. Then I baked it until it browned. The result was a fabulous. I shared this for lunch with my friend on a pool play date and paired it with a green salad.

Persian Fingerling Potato Quiche with Chives (Kookoo-yeh Sib-Zamini)

The Persian kookoo is similar to a quiche, but is a little more dense. This recipe is a twist of the traditional Persian version where the potatoes are boiled first, then mashed and mixed with egg. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1/8 tsp saffron, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp water, hot
  • 6 eggs, large
  • 1/4 cup chives, diced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 cup black pepper, ground
  • 1 lb fingerling potatoes


  1. In a small bowl combine:
    • 1/8 tsp saffron , crushed
    • 1 1/2 tsp water , hot
  2. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together:
    • 6 eggs, large
    • 1/4 cup chives , diced
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/8 cup black pepper, ground
  4. Scrub clean and cut in thin slices:
    • 1 lb fingerling potatoes
  5. Stir in saffron liquid and potatoes into the egg mixture.
  6. Spray 9-inch ceramic pie dish with cooking spray and pour in the egg-potato mixture.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
  8. Let it cool for 15 minutes prior to serving. Or, cool completely and serve at room temperature.


Serving Suggestions: Serve as a side dish, for breakfast or with a salad for lunch.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 6

Cook Time:

Persian Fingerling Potato Quiche with Chives (Kookoo-yeh Sib-Zamini) Detail
And here are my other Persian recipes I have posted on Family Spice:

Ajeel (Perisan Trail Mix)
Avocado Shirazi Salad
Baklava Cake (Almond Cake)
Basmati Rice with Potato Crust
Beef & Pomegranate Dolmeh
Chicken Breast Kabob (Joojeh Kabob)
Filet Mignon Kabob (Kabob-eh Barg)
Grilled Tomato Kabob
Ground Beef Kabob (Kabob-eh Koobideh)
Kookoo-yeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Quiche)
Persian Baklava
Persian Celery Stew (Khoreshteh Karafs)
Persian Chicken Stew with Pomegranate and Walnuts (Fesenjoon)
Persian Eggplant Dip (Kashkeh Bademjoon)
Persian Eggplant Stew (Khoreshteh Qiemeh Bademjoon)
Persian Saffron Cookies
Persian Okra Stew (Khoreshteh Bamieh)
Rice & Lentil Dolmeh with Pomegranate
Saffron Rice Pudding (Sholeh-Zard)
Shirazi Salad
Yogurt with Cucumbers (Mast-o Khiar)
Yogurt and Eggplant Dip (Borani-e Bademjoon)
Yogurt and Spinach Dip (Borani-e Esfenaj)

EBOOK - Norouz: The Traditions and Food of the Persian New Year

Want to learn more about Norouz and the Persian New Year? I have put together an ebook that has all the history, traditions and recipes of Norouz, in a beautifully photographed ebook. And it’s only $1.99! Learn more here!

, , , ,

12 Responses to Persian Fingerling Potato Quiche with Chives (Kookoo-yeh Sib-Zamini)

  1. That is just stunning! I want to dig right in with a spoon. 🙂

  2. That looks great! I don't think I've ever eaten Persian food. I think I'll try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Manju at #

    What a lovely blog! Stumbled upon it in Dishfolio and that is how I am here 🙂 I got some fingerling potatoes lying around. This might be something good to try with them!

  4. Lindselicious at #

    I love persian food, this looks amazing. Thanks for linking all the other past recipes too! I am going to take a look, since I have never cooked persian stuff but love the flavors.

  5. Carolyn at #

    What a great collection of Persian recipes. I can't say that I have ever knowingly eaten a Persian meal, but you certainly make me want to try them!

  6. What a lovely dish! This looks just amazing and full of flavours.

  7. Goodness this looks delightful…beautiful recipe and photos! Sounds like you have a pretty long line of cooks in the family 🙂

  8. Wow this quiche looks delicious and beautiful!!! I like Persian food and thank you for listing a quite collection here for us to try!

  9. beautiful quiche looks delicious
    Torviewtoronto and Createwithmom

  10. Ann at #

    That was beautiful and looked delicious! You have a lovely blog and I like the idea of getting families back to home cooked meals!

  11. Aubrey at #

    How lovely! It sounds absolutely delicious!

  12. Your family sounds like mine, everyone is a great cook. I have a lot to live up to. Persian food is one of my favorite cuisines so I'll be digging through your recipes. This potato quiche looks so mouthwatering, I would love it for dinner. Thanks for having participated in June's YBR:)

Leave a Reply