Gluten free Lunch Recipes Side Dish

KuKu, Persian vegetarian patty

KuKu, beloved Persian Patty, brings so many memories and joy every time I cook this dish.

This is our must-have dish for the new year as a side with “sabzy polo mahi” Persian veggie rice with seabass fish! Everyone gather around and wish for the healthy, happy and prosperous year ahead, set their intentions for the new year and enjoy the meal all together while talking about new year’s resolutions. Being thankful that another year we had the opportunity to spend time together, love each other and being loved!


it’s been a long time since the last time I had celebrated Persian new year with my family and I have truly missed them so much!


I think it does feel nostalgic by making this dish and connecting me to the root of tasting foods and learning what sort of ingredients goes with what.

My taste buds have changed a lot, totally transformed in a sense of food choices that I have today, I can say more modern and diverse as I had to adjust since I have moved to London. Even though we have a couple of good Persian groceries here but nothing like fresh ingredients from bazar in Tehran, strolling in the morning and picking your ingredients in the hustle and bustle of the city. Farmers bringing their best to display and oh man the competition is high! Everyone wants you to buy their ingredients, every corner their shouting to announce their prices per Kg! yes, that’s right, we buy everything in bigger portion and not in plastic pre-made packaging, not buying 4 fruits in one pack and definitely not buying half of watermelon like here! first time I went to grocery here, I was like”W H A A A T???”

No, we buy not less than 2 Kg of each ingredient. After all, you are shopping for the whole family versus two! hehe!

My Mum and grandma were the best of making this dish, sometime my mum would add some barberries too, would look so festive with this little tiny red berry which almost tastes like goji-berries but sourer and tart! I personally adore it but my partner in crime is not a big fan!

That’s why I wanted to make this dish and show you how you can add this to your Christmas menu as a side or something to snack on Christmas day while you are in your PJs, opening your presents!

Is really good for the kids too and the best way to feed them with more vegetables.


Apart from all this, Parsley is extremely rich in a large number of nutrients, chlorophyll, and carotenes. Also, parsley is a very good source of vitamin C, folic acid, and Iron. Packed with minerals, including magnesium, calcium, potassium & zinc. In addition, parsley is a good source of dietary fiber. A 100-gram serving provides 36 calories, mostly as carbohydrate, with 3.6 grams of fiber.
Parsley has long been used for medicinal purposes and is regarded as and is regarded as an excellent “nerve stimulant “. Empirical evidence seems to support this claim and is probably responsible for so many juice enthusiast labelling parsley- containing juices ” energy drinks”.


Cilantro or Coriander, on the other hand, has a health-supporting reputation that is high on the list of the healing herbs/spices.

It Has traditionally been referred to as an antidiabetic plant. In parts of India, it has traditionally been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. The cholesterol-lowering action is the result of coriander stimulating the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids within the liver, an effect that would likely improve digestion of fat.


Now Christmas just around the corner, less than 20 days away! who would have believed that this year would have flew by soooo quick? hope 2018 would be a slower year with more joy, Love, laughter, Health and happiness and the people in this world would be in peace with each other.


Light and peace. xxx

KuKu- Persian vegetarian patty

This Persian style vegetarian patty can be used as an Appetizer or side dish next to your other festive foods at Christmas table, the best way to incorporate more veggies into your food and share it with your loved ones!

Course Appetizer, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine persian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Monica


  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1/2 Bunch Coriander
  • 1/3 bunch Chive
  • 1/2 bunch Dill
  • 2 clove of garlic
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp optional chickpea flour
  • 3-4 whole walnuts
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. preheat the oven to 200c
  2. wash all the ingredients and chopped them finely.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix all the finely chopped vegetables, add the grated garlic, 4 eggs, baking powder alongside all spices and whisk well till you reach to a foamy texture with some bubbles. around 7 minutes. 

  4. Then quickly add your walnut halves plus 1 tbsp of chickpea flour, (makes it fluffier).
  5. Whisk again till you do not see any lump from flour.
  6. Pour the mixture into square 8 inch or circle ovenproof tin with a baking sheet at the bottom or grease your tin before use.

  7. Leave it in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Remove and let it cool down before cutting.

Recipe Notes

Enjoy it and make sure to tag me along if you make this KuKu during the holiday season. would love to see your creations and thoughts!! 

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