Turkish lentil soup – mercimek çorbası – is a simple but moreish dish. A perfect starter or light meal when served with bread. This dish is already vegan and exemplifies the deep, earthy flavours that can be found in the Middle East.
Aubergine stew – یتیمچه – yatimcheh – is a delicious meatless Persian dish. My Iranian friend once told me that aubergines are to Iran as potatoes are to Britain. In Iran, you can buy aubergines by the bucketload – literally.
Similar to baba ganoush, this garlicky smoked aubergine mezze dip is delicious on bread, hot or cold. Read on for my vegan Mirza Ghasemi origins story and simple recipe.
Cook up a pot of healthy Iranian Spinach Soup – Âsh-e Sak, rich with vegan split pea protein and bursting with mint and lemon flavours.