Tas Kabab


Another dish from my childhood, Tas Kabab, is a wonderful Persian stew that I forgot about as I grew up and went about my life. My mother used to make it a lot and we loved it. I’m not sure if she learned it from my grandmother, but I don’t remember grandma making it in this version. It could very well be my mother’s interpretation. There are various recipes out there for Tas Kabab, with at least one that I would like to try and make one day, but I’ve decided to start with Mom’s recipe as it brings good memories. I made it last week for my family and the feedback was so great that I’m making it again today. And it was very easy to make, too. So, I guess we are adding a new dish to our home cooking repertoire.

Tas Kabab

Servings 8
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled
  • 8 chicken thighs, bone in and skinless
  • 5 medium tomatoes
  • 2 Omani limes (found in Middle Eastern stores)
  • 3 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice the onions, the potatoes and the tomatoes and place each one of them in a separate dish.
  • Heat the oil in a large pot. Arrange some of the onions at the bottom of the pot in one layer. Arrange a layer of the potatoes on top of the onion. Try to use as much of the potatoes as you can.
  • Place the Omani limes in a small Ziploc bag. Close the bag and smash the limes until coarsely smashed. Sprinkle half the amount on the potatoes in the pot.
  • Sprinkle the potatoes with 1 tsp turmeric, some salt and some black pepper.
  • Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl. Sprinkle 2 tsp turmeric, salt and pepper and rub it in well.
  • Arrange the thighs as the next layer in the pot.
  • Top with the rest of the onions, the sliced tomatoes and the rest of Omani lime.
  • Cover the pot, lower the heat to medium low and cook for 45 minutes. Then turn the chicken upside down, cover the pot and cook for 45 more minutes.
  • Serve with some good bread to dip in the sauce and enjoy.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: casserole, Persian, stew
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