Kookoo Sabzi (Persian Herb Quiche)

Kookoo Sabzi (Persian Herb Quiche)

This aromatic quiche is filled with six different herbs and greens. A staple dish to celebrate the first day of Spring and the Persian New Year. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice



  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust rack to upper-middle position.
  2. In a small bowl combine:
    • 4 strands of saffron , crushed
    • 1 TBS hot water
  3. In a large bowl stir together:
    • 1 small leek , rinsed & chopped
    • 1 cup chopped parsley, American , packed (approx. 1 bunch)
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, fresh , packed
    • 1/4 cup chopped dill, fresh , packed
    • 1/2 cup chopped spinach, fresh , packed
    • 2 tsp fenugreek, dried
    • 1/4 cup walnuts , chopped
    • 2 TBS barberries , *
    • 1 TBS all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 2 TBS vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together with the saffron mix:
    • 8 eggs, large
  5. Mix in eggs with the vegetable mix.
  6. Spray 9-inch ceramic pie dish with cooking spray.
  7. Pour egg mixture into prepared pie dish.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
  9. Let it cool for 15 minutes prior to serving. Or cool completely and serve at room temperature.

Kookoo Sabzi (Persian Herb Quiche)  Detail

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Inactive Time: 15 min cooling time
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1 wedge

Serving Suggestions: The key to this dish's flavor is to use only fresh herbs. Spinach is added in our version for more nutritional value.

Cooking Tips: *If you cannot find zereshk (barberries) substitute with dried cranberries or currants.