Another very popular stew in the Persian food repertoire. With a slight hint of sour, the savoury taste and opinionated texture of this stew grabs attention.

This recipe is split into two parts (Part 1 and 2) which can be done simultaneously in separate pots. Gram split and meat have different cooking time and their respective textures affects the final outcome. Considering the inconsistency in the gram split cooking time relative to its origin, I have opted to cook gram split and meat in separate pots, and mixing them later to avoid inconsistent textures.

As with other stews in the list, variance and taste apply in the making of this stew.


Serving: 5





  1. Let gram split soak in water (leave 1 inch of water above) for 2 hours.
  2. Coursely chop onions.
  3. Poke holes in dried limes, size doesn't matter. This allows the flavour to more easily permeate the mixture.


Part 1 (meat)

  1. Fry the onions in a pot on medium heat.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric and 1/2 tsp black pepper to the fried onions and let the mixture take color (becomes yellow and takes on the turmeric color), approximately 15 seconds.
  3. Add meat and mix for a few minutes until slightly firm.
  4. Add dried lime.
  5. Let cook on low heat until meat is almost well done.

Part 2 (gram split)

  1. Heat oil, add 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp crushed tomatoes and mix until color is homogenous (the mixture should all be one color: red).
  3. Add gram split and mix well until the corners are translucent.
  4. Add water.
  5. Let cook on low heat until gram split have semi soft core but are not mushy.

Part 3 (mix)

  1. Pour the gram split pot contents into the meat pot.
  2. Put on low heat and let simmer.
  3. Take dried limes out of the pot, split and crush them, then put them back. in the pot. This helps the flavour seep into the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Add 1 lemon's juice, 1 Tbsp salt, and 1 Tbsp black pepper (all are to taste).
  5. Let simmer for about an hour. Revisit frequently to make sure the gram split are not mushy (The stew will turn into a soup otherwise).
  6. Turn off the heat.
  7. Add rose water and saffron and mix.


Garnish with french fries and serve with Rice.


  1. I have also seen them locally named split desi peas. Make sure they are yellow and split. Split yellow peas can also be used, but they breakdown too soon, turning the stew into soup.↩︎

  2. There are two types of dried lime: black and yellow. The yellow ones have a light "earthy" color. Use them to avoid making the stew look like a tar pit. Black dried limes are used in Ghormeh Sabzi (Vegetable stew).↩︎

  3. I won't go through making french fries in this recipe↩︎