Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Shadi Hasanzadenemati is a food writer and recipe developer, blogging at Unicorns in the Kitchen. She is the author of The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook and several articles published in The Washington Post, Food52 and Epicurious.

Shadi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and lived in Istanbul before moving to the United States in 2015. Her love for food led her to start Unicorns in the Kitchen, which quickly grew into a leading source of recipes inspired by the Middle East and Mediterranean. She is passionate about raising awareness of Persian cuisine and creating recipes that are accessible to those who are new to the world of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking.


Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Spiced Turkey Breast with Persian Golden Prunes


Tahdig-e Baal

Preserved Lemons

Morgh Zaferani

Rose and Cardamom Chia Pudding

Dami Gojeh Farangi

Shirini Gerdooyi


Grilled Kofta Kebabs

Zoolbia and Bamieh

Saffron Lemon Branzino

Ramazan Pidesi

One-Pan Chicken and Rice with Preserved Lemon

Yalda Night Board

Halal Cart Chicken

Halal Cart Lamb

Preserved Lemon Potato Salad

Date Cookies

Foil-Pack Coal-Roasted Vegetables with Feta

Sheet Pan Kofta and Tomatoes

Homemade Tahini

Keyk Sharbat Zaferan

Grilled Baba Ganoush

Iranian Yellow Rice with Saffron

Halal Cart White Sauce