Appetizers, Main course

Borani Kadoo Recipe

Borani Kadoo

Borani Kadoo (بورانی کدو) is the most cooked member of Boranis in Persian cuisine. Iranians make and serve Boranis as an appetizer. However, Borani Kadoo is an unofficial dish which is cooked and served as the main course. Compared to other Boranis it has more ingredients number wisely. Iranians have named this food Borani because of their ancient queen Booran. Borani Kadoo is one of the vegetarian dishes in Persian cuisine. Iranians serve it with Lavash, Sangak, Taftoon, or any other flatbread. Kadoo is the Persian term for zucchini, and Borani is the name of the dish which is made with vegetables. The common ingredient among all Boranis is garlic. Borani is not an official food, and you cannot find it in restaurants. It is served in casual gatherings and can be the right choice for a brunch or evening meal. Like all other Boranis, it is eaten with Yoghurt.

Different types of Borani Kadoo:

Like other Persian foods, Borani Kadoo can have different tastes and models according to the ingredients. The main ingredient is zucchini. Strangely, they peel the zucchini and use the skins as another ingredient. In some recipes, it is also possible to use zucchini without peeling or omit the skin. Fried onions are other replaceable ingredients that can be deleted or replaced with vegetable oil and more garlic. Moreover, some spices can also make a difference in the taste. For instance, some recipes include cinnamon, while others don’t.

Important Nutrition Facts:

Each 100 gr of Borani Kadoo has 140 kcal. It has 20 gr carbohydrates, 6gr fat and 2 gr proteins. Moreover, it contains about 14 mg vitamin C, 16mg vitamin B4, 2 mg vitamin E, and 0.11 mg vitamin B3. It also includes 24.60 mg calcium, 14mg magnesium, 28mg phosphor, and 182 mg potassium. It also contains many other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and Iron and is very rich in nutrition.

Vegetarian tips:

Despite Persian stews and kebabs almost all of Persian Boranis are vegetarian. Borani Kadoo is an entirely vegetarian dish that contains many delicious and beneficial vegetables, such as zucchini, potatoes, garlic, and onions. As a vegan or vegetarian you can confidently cook and this food. The only point, you might consider as a vegan, is that Iranian serve Persian Boranies with Yoghurt, and you’d better prepare your vegan Yoghurt along with it.

Serving style of Borani Kadoo:

Iranians serve Boranis as an appetizer, typically. However, Borani Kadoo is the one exceptional one, which they serve mostly as the main course for dinner or lunch. Since it has more fortified ingredients compared to other Boranis, it is considered a complete meal. Like all other Boranis, a bowl of yoghourt is served next to Borani Kadoo. Serving pieces of bread, usually, Lavash or Taftoon or Sangak with the food is usuall. Indeed, you are supposed to make a sandwich by Borani. Sabzi Khordan, Shirazi Salad(Persian cucumber salad), Torshi (Persian pickles), and other salads are the side dishes that can accompany this food. You can serve all kinds of beverage with this food. Nevertheless, Doogh (Persian yoghurt drink) is the best companion for this food.

What are the ingredients of Borani Kadoo?

The main ingredient is zucchini and its skin. It may sound wired, but they peel the zucchini’s skin and chop it into the dish. Another ingredient is potato. Onion is also an ingredient of this food that you may see in some recipes. Another essential component of this food is garlic. At last, you need some vegetable oil, spices, such as salt and pepper and cinnamon and saffron to cook this Borani. It would be best if you also considered bread and Yoghurt as other critical ingredients since this food cannot be eaten without them.

How to cook Borani Kadoo?

To cook Borani Kadoo, you need to wash and peel the zucchinis. Then slice the zucchinis in thinly circles and chop or cube the skin in small pieces. Peel and slice the onions and potatoes in circles. Add salt, pepper, tomato paste and vegetable oil and let the vegetables cook and fry. Some other spices, such as cinnamon ground and ginger, are optional to add. You ‘d better place the vegetable layer by layer for a better appearance. At last, serve it with bread and Yoghurt.


This recipe is adequate for four people. The preparation time is 30 minutes, and it takes 40 minutes to cook this dish. You need to prepare some bread to serve this food with it.

Borani Kadoo

Borani Kadoo

Borani Kadoo is one the most made Boranies of Persian cuisine. It is made with zucchini, potato, and garlic and served with Lavash and Yoghurt.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Borani Kadoo
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 140kcal


  • 4 average zucchinis
  • 3 small potatoes
  • 2 firm  tomatoes
  • 1 garlic(entirely)
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon brewed saffron


  • Wash and peel the zucchinis
  • Chop the zucchinis’ skin
  • Slice the zucchini in thin circles
  • Wash and peel the potatoes
  • Slice the potatoes in circles
  • Separate the garlic cloves
  • Pour vegetable oil into a pan
  • Place the potatoes
  • Place the zucchinis on top of the potatoes
  • Place the zucchini skins
  • Add garlic
  • Add tomato paste and spices
  • Cook it for 40 minutes on low heat



Uniqop’s advice

  • Use 5 oz ghee instead of vegetable oil
  • Serve the food with Lavash
  • Cover the pan with a lid without covering the lid.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Potassium: 182mg | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 24.6mg

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