Pirashki (Pirozhki, Persian Donut, پیراشکی) is a famous and favorable food of Persian cuisine. The food is originally from Russia, but it is celebrated all over the world. In Iran, many people cook it and are huge fans of Pirashki. In the original recipe, we have a dough, like a bread dough that is filled with stuffings, such as meat, mushrooms, vegetables, and some spices. Moreover, the Russian Pirozhki is served hot. Iranians have added to the varieties and states of this food. They also have invented sweet Pirashkis that are baked at confectionaries and, they serve it cold. In this post, we are going to discuss the type of food that is made in Persian cuisine.
Different types of Pirashki:
Iranians make many different kinds of Pirashki. The food consists of two parts: a dough, and a stuffing that we fill the dough with. Both parts can be made with different ingredients and by using different methods. For example, one might make the dough like Pizza; others might use Barbari dough, which we had discussed before. The type of dough depends on you entirely; for instance, you may like it sweet or salty.
Furthermore, the stuffing part can be filled with very different items. The most popular one, in Iran, is Pirashki e Gosht, which is filled by ground beef roasted with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and some spices. Another popular type is Pirashkie Morgh, which is made with shredded chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, and spices. Lunchmeat is another popular ingredient that Iranians add to Pirashkis.
Another type of Pirashki is a sweet pastry made in confectioneries mostly. The dough is sweet despite the regular Pirashkies, and the stuffing can be items, like nuts, cinnamon, and a unique stuffing that is like custard and has a unique recipe. Make a long story short, for making Pirashki. You can make the dough and fill it with whatever you want. Nevertheless, creating an edible dough requires a good recipe and time to spend on.
Important Nutrition Facts:
Pirashki has a notable high calorie. Because additional to the ingredients that cause this high calorie, the final food is fried in a noteworthy amount of oil. It has 299 kcal per 100gr. Moreover, it contains 12.23gr carbohydrates, 18.58gr protein, and 19.19 gr fat. Furthermore, it includes 5.08mg vitamin E, 1.55mg vitamin C, 47.42mg vitamin B4, and about 5mg vitamin B3 per 100gr. And it has 109mg calcium, 197mg phosphor, 164mg potassium, and 1191mg sodium. It also contains many other essential vitamins and minerals, but if you have high blood pressure or have diabetes, or you suffer from high blood cholesterol, you’d better not mind eating this food.
The popular Persian Pirashki has meat as one of its fixed stuffing ingredients. Moreover, the dough might include eggs and go off-limits on a vegan diet. However, this food is very flexible, and you can easily make it a vegan dish. You can make a dough similar to Barbari bread’s dough and not use eggs. Moreover, you can fill the dough with vegetables, such as potatoes, onions, and carrots. If you want your Pirashki to look more like the typical ones, you can replace the meat in the recipe, with ground soybeans. By simple exchanges in the recipe, you can make the most delicious vegan dish of your life!
Serving Style of Pirashki:
Iranians usually serve Pirashki as finger food for brunches or evening gatherings. It is an excellent choice as a snack, at school, or in the workplace. Moreover, it is an excellent food for picnics. A cup of soup can be a tasty side dish next to Pirashki in the evening gatherings. A dish of salad, such as a lettuce salad, can add to the delightfulness of its taste. Typically, they serve Pirashki with firm sliced onions, and pickles, and some herbs such as parsley. I suggest you serve it with Khiarshoor (Persian pickles). All the drinks can be served along with this food. However, it is one of the rare dishes of Persian cuisine that might combine better with cola or other sweet soda than Doogh (Persian yogurt drink). A ketchup sauce is an excellent dressing that Iranians use to make this food more delightful.
What are the ingredients?
As I mentioned before, the food consists of two parts, dough, and stuffing. For making dough, you need flour, eggs, yeast, and milk or water. There are also prepared Pirashki doughs available in the market. I think you can find them easily in Russian markets. For stuffing, you need to prepare ground beef, bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, scallions, and tomato paste.
Moreover, you need some spices such as garlic powder, salt, pepper, caraway seeds ground, and thyme. You can add saffron for a delightful scent if you are going to fry your Pirashkis in a pan, so you need to prepare an adequate amount of vegetable oil to fry them. However, if you are going to make them in the oven, you need vegetable oil just to saute the stuffing ingredients.
How to cook Pirashki?
To cook Pirashki, first, you should prepare the dough. For making an edible dough, sift the flour for two or three times. Mix salt, eggs, a pinch of sugar, milk, and the yeast and wait until yeast thoroughly solves in the milk. Then add some oil to the mixture. Add the flour severely and step by step while you are kneading them. Add flour to the point that it doesn’t stick to your hands. Then cover it with a wet cloth and let it rest for one hour. While the dough is resting, start making your stuffing.
To make Pirashki stuffings, dice the onion and saute it with some vegetable oil. Add ground meat to them and saute it. Then dice the bell peppers and slice or chop the mushrooms. Keep in mind that Pirashki is a portion of finger food. Therefore, you’d better cut the ingredients in tiny sizes. Add spices and tomato paste to the mixture and saute them for 30 minutes. After 1 hour, divide the dough into egg-size pieces. Put a tablespoon of stuffing in a flattened piece of dough. Cook them in the oven for 30 minutes, or fry them in a pan of hot vegetable oil. If you are cooking them in the oven, brush the top parts with yolk and saffron.
This recipe is adequate for 4-6 people. The preparation time is about 30 minutes, and the cooking time is 30-40 minutes.
- Flour (as needed)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon bakery yeast (or baking powder)
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk( or water)
- 1 cup of tiny diced bell pepper
- 1 cup of chopped mushroom
- ½ cup chopped scallions
- 10.5 oz ground beef
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 tablespoon saffron
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Mix all the ingredients of dough, but flour; wait for 10 minutes until yeast makes the mixture to puff.
- Add flour step by step until the dough does not stick to hands. Knead the dough while adding flour.
- Cover the dough with a wet tissue and let it rest for 1 hour.
- Pour 1 tablespoon oil into a pan
- Dice the onions and saute them with oil
- Add ground beef
- Add peppers and mushrooms
- Add spices and tomato paste
- Cook the stuffing for 30 minutes on low or medium heat
- Divide the dough into egg-size pieces
- Fill each piece with one tablespoon of stuffing and close it
- Cook them in the oven for 30 minutes in a 200’C heat
- Brush the top of Pirashki with yolk and saffron and sparkle some seasons on them before putting in the oven.
- You can fry them in 5 tablespoon oils instead of baking in the oven, that would take 40 minutes or more.
- You can use this recipe with different stuffings, such as chicken, sausages, or lunch meat.
- Prepare some parsley and ketchup and pickles to serve your food with them.