Parisa's Persian Kitchen

Parisa Nobakht
Parisa Nobakht

about me

My journey begins in the chaotic, mysterious, and beautiful city of Tehran, where culinary traditions date back 7,000 years. Some of my earliest memories are of my grandmother, my mother and I, together in a palatial kitchen with a high ceiling and blue- tiled walls, where they taught me the fundamentals of Iranian cuisine.
 
They entrusted me with their secrets; they told me how to get the most flavour out of ingredients and I learnt that rigour and respect for their methods were inescapable. They taught me that Persian food is at once complex, demanding and incredibly delicate.
 
They told me that leaving a stew to simmer overnight would give it an incomparable flavour and that it is impossible to cook Persian food in haste. Ask any Iranian mother and they’ll tell you ingredients must never be substituted.
 
As fond as I am of my mother and grandmother, when I moved to Holland, I had to stray from tradition: given how expensive energy is and how little time I could spend cooking on any given day, it was that or kiss Persian cuisine goodbye.
 
The methods I developed made cooking fast and simple, using few ingredients. I realised that there is nothing wrong with replacing the ingredients I couldn’t buy outside of Iran and that there is no need to waste time soaking beans and chickpeas overnight.

Parisa Nobakht

easy-going approach

Using tinned ingredients was highly frowned upon in our household, considered lazy and testifying a lack of taste. But doing two master’s degrees and working full time as a teacher taught me that there is much more to life than spending hours in the kitchen preparing a single meal. And so I began breaking the rules of Persian cuisine.
 
Since 2012 I have been experimenting, tweaking and developing recipes reflecting the simple Dutch approach to food, applied to the traditional Persian meals I grew up eating.
 
The recipes are a result of that journey: an easy-going, stripped down take on Persian food using few ingredients and knowing when it is okay to stray from the rulebook. I now know that to enjoy Persian food with family and friends, it isn’t necessary for a matron to spend hours sweating over a stove. It is possible to cook, share and enjoy it with minimal effort.
 
For years I witnessed Iranian mothers going to great lengths to bestow joy upon their families and guests with their food, but the amount of strenuous work that went into it meant that by the time they sat down to eat, they were exhausted. For me, it isn’t just about making the people I cook for happy, it’s also about enjoying the process.

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workshops

If you think preparing delicious Iranian food is complicated and labour-intensive, think again! Join us for Parisa's Persian Kitchen workshop every weekend.

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buffet & take-away

Join us for our Persian food buffet where you can taste till your heart and soul are content. And if you want to share, buy our packed meals to take with you.

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catering

Whether you are planning a corporate gala event or a casual luncheon, Parisa's Persian Kitchen provides meticulously planned and executed corporate catering.

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