Iranian cuisine is a delicious cuisine with a long culinary history: it is based on legumes, rice, meat (lamb is honored), vegetables, poultry, dairy products.
Iranian national cuisine
On the Iranian table, there are always flour products in the form of bread, rolls and flat cakes (for cooking, wheat or barley flour is taken). So, for example, such types of bread are in high demand as “hamir” and “nan” (they are baked in tenurah clay ovens). Rice deserves a special mention: it is often cooked here with saffron or curry, as well as vegetables, meat and peanut sauce..
Of the first courses, it is worth mentioning “ash-e gandom” (a thick stew with beans, lentils, wheat, peas, and spinach). Those interested in meat dishes are recommended to try “banned” (a dish in the form of a veal tongue with herbs), “head” (kidney dish fried with herbs and lime juice), “cases” (sheep hearts with cheese, mushrooms and herbs),“sweater gasht” (meatloaf dish).
Popular Iranian dishes:
- “fesenjan” (meat stew with pomegranate-nut sauce, eggplant and cardamom);
- “must-o-heer” (soup based on kefir, cucumbers, raisins and mint);
- “abgusht” (a dish prepared with meat, beans and vegetables);
- “zereshk polo” (pilaf, which includes rice, poultry, barberry, sugar, saffron);
- “juye kebab” (grilled chicken with tomatoes, saffron and olive oil);
- “borani esfanage” (a dish of fried spinach, onions, garlic and yogurt).
Where to try Iranian cuisine?
There are few restaurants and street cafes in Iran - tourists, as a rule, have to look for food establishments worthy of their interest for a long time (if you wish, you can visit kebabs of different levels). It is worth noting that the best restaurants are located in hotels, but they usually open in the evening when tourists return to their hotels for dinner. In Tehran, it is recommended to satisfy hunger in “Sanglaj” (guests of this institution are delighted not only with Iranian cuisine, but also with traditional Iranian music, and here you can also read «Shah-name»).
Cooking courses in Iran
During a gastronomic trip to Iran, gourmet travelers are offered to look not only at local restaurants (you will be delighted with hearty and delicious Iranian dishes), but also on a visit to the locals (if you show interest in local cuisine, you will be invited to take part in the process of cooking national dishes).
You can plan a trip to Iran during the period of the National Grape Festival in the city of Bojnourd (November) (raisins, raisins, vinegar, juice, spices, jellies, various sweets, grape seed oil are made from it).