This lovely, essentially fancy potato salad, originates in Russia and is a party favourite of mine and of most Iranians! You will find it on the table at nearly every social gathering or party and will nearly always be decorated with vegetables made to look like flowers. My parents used to make roses out of tomatoes. To this day , although extremely kitsch the thought of that still makes me smile.
Like most Persian dishes there are many different variations of this, even within my own family all of us make it differently. This version is my favourite though, you can adapt as you like by adding carrots, removing the dijon mustard etc to your own taste. There are no real rules to this other than you must eat lots of it and love it!
Iranians absolutely love to use oodles of mayonnaise in this dish and they take it even further with the mayonnaise love affair and layer it on top which can get a bit sickly so I have adapted my own version to suit my taste buds and that of my mayo hating husband who incidentally loves this dish as much as I do.
From our table to yours. I hope you enjoy as much as we do! Nooshe jaan.
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4 medium sized white potatoes, peeled & chopped into 1cm cubes and boiled until cooked
2 medium sized hard boiled eggs chopped into small cubes
1 cup of garden peas cooked
3 large gherkins chopped into small cubes
3 spring onions sliced finely
1 cooked chicken breast chopped into small cubes
1/2 cup of capers
1/2 cup natural yoghurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 large tbsp of dijon mustard
1 tsp of dried tarragon
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and serve with warm flatbreads! Decorate with a tomato if you feel the urge!
Easy peasy and delicious!