This herb-packed frittata is inspired by Kuku Sabzi, a Persian herb frittata that’s brimming with fresh, abundant greenery. It’s a traditional Nowruz, or Persian New Year, recipe.
In this version, we fill our frittata with fresh parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, and thyme—which grow in abundance during the summer months but should also be easy to find during the offseason.
Not only do these familiar culinary herbs lend to a gorgeous green hue, but it serves up a healthy dose of phytoestrogens—a good thing! Phytoestrogens are plant-based compounds that mimic our body’s own estrogen and can aid in everything from hot flashes to osteoporosis prevention.
Plus, fresh herbs are nutritionally dense and may offer anti-inflammatory effects. Optional nigella sativa seeds add distinct flavor and numerous health benefits, especially for your hormones.
Here are a few key benefits of the herbs used here:
- Parsley: Packed with vitamins A and C (1), nutrients with antioxidant properties
- Cilantro: Can help detoxify from heavy metals (2), which can cause hormone imbalances
- Dill: May help balance blood sugar (3), (remember, blood sugar disturbances can even lead to hot flashes (4))
- Oregano: Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory (5) (good for autoimmune diseases)
- Thyme: This potent herb has even been used to treat coughs (6)!
- Nigella Sativa: A historical “cure-all” (7)—may offer antioxidant effects and modulate immune responses
Enjoy this herb-packed frittata with a fresh salad on the side for even more gorgeous, nutritious greenery.
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- ½ teaspoon olive oil for greasing
- 1 teaspoon nigella sativa seeds (optional)
- 1 ½ cups chickpea flour
- 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups filtered water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 1 cup fresh chopped cilantro
- ½ cup fresh chopped dill
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped oregano, leaves only
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme, leaves only
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-inch round pie pan with ½ teaspoon olive oil. Use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to coarsely grind nigella seeds.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together chickpea flour, baking powder, salt, water and olive oil. Stir in freshly chopped herbs and garlic powder.
- Pour into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes at room temperature before slicing.
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- “Parsley, Fresh.” USDA FoodData Central, 1 Apr. 2019.
- Sahib, Najla Gooda et al. “Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.): a potential source of high-value components for functional foods and nutraceuticals–a review.” Phytotherapy research (2013).
- Goodarzi, Mohammad Taghi et al. “The Role of Anethum graveolens L. (Dill) in the Management of Diabetes.” Journal of tropical medicine (2016).
- Dormire, Sharon, and Chularat Howharn. “The effect of dietary intake on hot flashes in menopausal women.” Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing: JOGNN vol. 36,3 (2007).
- Conner, E M, and M B Grisham. “Inflammation, free radicals, and antioxidants.” Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.) vol. 12,4 (1996).
- Kemmerich, Bernd et al. “Efficacy and tolerability of a fluid extract combination of thyme herb and ivy leaves and matched placebo in adults suffering from acute bronchitis with productive cough. A prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.” Arzneimittel-Forschung vol. 56,9 (2006).
- Salem, Mohamed Labib. “Immunomodulatory and therapeutic properties of the Nigella sativa L. seed.” International immunopharmacology vol. 5,13-14 (2005).