FAQs

  • Are the recipe kits healthy?


Cooking from scratch using Mandana’s Persian recipe kits avoids consuming the high levels of artificial additives and preservatives that are often present in convenience foods and ready meals. It also means that you are in charge of what you put into the cooking pan. If you want to be health conscious then you can omit butter from the rice, use a low-fat spray oil when frying and swap a fatty meat for a leaner version or use a vegetable alternative. We don’t use any salt in our recipe kits (apart from its presence as a sub-ingredient in our sumac), so you can decide how much or how little you want to use. 


The beauty of Mandana’s Persian recipe kits is that you can easily adapt the recipes to your requirements. For this reason, we don’t present a calorie count or nutritional analysis as this will vary, depending on how you use the kit.


  • Are the recipe kits vegan or vegetarian?


Mandana’s Persian recipe kits are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Butter used in the recipes is optional and there are suggested vegetarian alternatives provided on the shopping list, which you can use instead of the meat choice. At the same time, you can choose your own vegan/vegetarian alternative to meat.


  • Are the recipe kits gluten free?


Yes, all kits are gluten free.


  • Are the recipe kits allergen free?


All allergenic ingredients are listed in bold in the ingredients list on the kit. Although we adhere to stringent government health and safety guidelines, we are a small producer, working in an environment where allergens are handled, so we can not rule out the possibility of traces of any one allergen being present in our kits. 


  • Are the recipe kits Halal?


There are no meat products in our kits so they are suitable for those who only eat Halal meat.


  • Are the recipe kits environmentally friendly?


We are proud to say that making our kits environmentally friendly is of great importance to us. Please see “Environmentally Friendly Packaging” section for more details.


  • Are there more than 3 recipe kits?


Watch this space! We have more delicious ideas that we are developing and hope to bring to you soon.


  • Are the Persian recipe kits authentic?


We base our recipes on traditional Persian meals and use ingredients that are true to Persian cuisine. We have made adaptations to enhance flavours and textures, as well as enabling you to enjoy your Persian feast, fast! 


  • Do you sell kits with servings for 1 or 2 people?


Our kits are all currently for 4 people. If you are cooking for less than 4 people, you are in luck! This means you will have extra portions to refrigerate or freeze and enjoy another time.


  • Who is Mandana?


That’s me! Hello, I’m Mandana and I love cooking and eating delicious Persian food. I created Mandana’s Persian recipe kits so that everyone can easily experience the joys of Persian cuisine in their day to day lives.


  • How long does it take to make a recipe kit meal?


It takes about 35 minutes to make a recipe kit meal from prep to finish.


  • Are the meals suitable for children?


Definitely! Because the spices are fragrant rather than hot, the meals are ideal for little food explorers.


  • What cooking equipment do I need?


For the 3 khoresht recipe kits you will need two pans with well-fitting lids – one for the rice and one for the stew (khoresht). A frying pan is also needed for toasting sprinkles in the Khoresht Sib o Gheysi and Khoresht Kadoo.


  • Are the recipes complicated?


None of the recipes involve complex processes – our aim is to make cooking Persian meals simple and quick. 


Some recipes have more steps to follow than others. Khorest Sib o Gheysi has the least steps and Khoresht Bademjoon has the most steps to follow.


  • Why not just follow a traditional Persian recipe and buy all the ingredients separately?


This is a great thing to do! 

Mandana’s Persian recipe kits are aimed at those days when you want to cook some delicious Persian food, fast. You may not have the time for buying a variety of ingredients separately; some of which aren’t as readily available as others. The portioned packages also prevent you from buying excess ingredients and our recipes are a quicker version of traditional Persian recipes.


  • The kit name uses the word "khoresht" – what does this mean?


Khoresht (sometimes written "khoresh") is the Persian word for stew.

 

  • Are there any side accompaniments I can eat with the meal?


Traditionally, these meals are eaten with pickled vegetables and chillies on the side. A small dish of fresh salad and herbs is also a traditional accompaniment to Persian meals.


Yoghurt with cucumber and mint mixed in is frequently eaten with Persian meals but just a spoon of plain yoghurt on the side can bring another dimension to the meal.


  • Can I use the ingredients to make a slow cooked Persian meal?


If time is on your hands you can use a cut of meat that requires slow cooking, such as stewing beef. You may want to add any fruit/vegetables that are part of the recipe to the stew later in the cooking process, so that they don’t disintegrate. Remember to keep your stew topped up with water when slow cooking, so it doesn’t dry out.


  • Why is the Khoresht Bademjoon recipe kit much lighter than the other two kits, but it’s the same price?


One of the main ingredients in the Khoresht Bademjoon recipe kit is saffron: a spice that is more expensive gram for gram than gold! It has a beautiful fragrant flavour and a little goes a long way. The amount of saffron used in the Khoresht Bademjoon recipe kit is plenty for 4 servings but the actual weight is very small.

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