Persian cooking with Leila (Online experiences now available)

Experience Schedule:
ONLINE: Thursday July 2nd 5:00pm-6:30pm
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Online Experience #1
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Online experiences are 1 hour in duration with the option to stay an additional 30 minutes to chat with the host and other participants.  The online experiences are hosted on zoom and are fully interactive.  Price per device, a great date night or family night experience.

This is also a great opportunity to sample what our culinary adventures are all about without committing to the four hour experience. 

Recipes:  recipes are sent to you along with your zoom event information a few days before your online experience.

Technology:  connect with the host using zoom on your computer, mobile device or tablet.  If you have a tv in your kitchen try the screen mirroring feature on your device!

If you would prefer to book your culinary experience over the phone or would like to book a private group experience please email us at 

Immersion experiences are a 4 hour experience in the Host's home.  Includes a light snack upon arrival, approximately 2.5 hours of "in the kitchen" time, learning the recipes and participating in making the dishes, a full dinner shared together, and a booklet of recipes and in-depth culinary info.

All experiences are informal, warm and welcoming.  IMK experiences are suitable for families.

The focus of this experience is to give you the chance to learn about the foods of Leila's culture and to be inspired by her passion for cooking.

Our online culinary experiences are moderated by In My Kitchen founder, Paula Mohammed.

Cooking with Leila: 

When you meet Leila, you will feel you have made a new lifelong friend.  Leila's generous hospitality and passion for people and cooking is infectious.  There is nothing Leila loves more than introducing her recipes and food to new friends.  

Online Experience #2

Borani Laboo (Yoghurt and beetroot dip)

This yoghurt, beetroot dip caters to all the senses.  A vibrant colour that pleases the eyes as well as the tastebuds.  Serve as a side dish or as dip with crackers or bread.

Baghali Polo ba morgh (can be made vegetarian)

(Persian dill and fava bean rice with saffron marinated chicken) 

This is a colorful fragrant dish, the mixture of fluffy rice, aroma of dill, and the texture of bean will leave you wanting more, especially if you pair it with that delicious juicy chicken.  This dish is a traditional favourite and a must have at any fancy party.


Online Experience #1

Persian Almond Rosewater Cookies (known fondly as "Toot")

A gluten free/vegan no bake cookie with an amazing taste and smell.  Popular for weddings and Persian New Year.

Ku Ku Sabiz (Persian Herbs Frittata and Feta)

A traditional Persian frittata with loads of greens and eggs.  Pair it with feta cheese and walnut, then you will the most delicious "fruit" (frittata).


Get to know Leila:

Where were you born?

I was born in Rasht, Iran.

Rasht is a very unique area of Iran and is near the Caspian sea.

Can you tell us a little bit about your family?

Both of my grand mothers had roots connected to Baku (Capitol of Azerbaijan).

I was raised in a mixed food culture, two very strong food cities (Rasht and Tabriz)

My grandpa moved from Tabriz (a city at the border of turkey) to my city to start a rice exporting business, later my dad took over the business and I grew up learning what is the best rice and how to cook it .

When and how did you develop your love for cooking?

Since I was a little girl ,my mom had an older lady who helped her at home, l would always sit next to her in the kitchen watch her and my mom  do all the preparations. My mom is a very patient lady, she would let me cook and bake and make a huge mess.

How do you express your love for cooking and culture?

I love to cook and bake it¹s therapeutic for me. I love to mix ingredients and create new recipes,I really enjoy cooking for friends and family it¹s very satisfying for me.

What are some of your favourite ingredients to use?

I love to use saffron, we call it the happy spice. Eggplant, I can make endless dishes with eggplant, last but not least RICE !

What makes Iranian cuisine special?

Iranian cuisine is special because we have lots of varieties ,lots of whole foods, great use of spices and lots of nutritional foods.

Do you have a cooking philosophy?

Yup the famous one! The way to anybody¹s heart is through their stomach:)
“The way to anybody's heart is through their stomach!”