You may face such kinds of questions like:
What is Persian Food?
Or how do you make Persian Rice?
Or even what do they eat in Iran?
Come with us to explore the world of Iranian food and take you on a gastronomy journey through Iran. I may not be able to answer all of your questions in an article since Persian Food is numberless. The vast land of Persia and the various ethnic groups have made Iran a formidable destination for culinary tourism. You can spend more than a month in Iran and still be amazed of what you see in front of you on a flowery table cloth in every corner of this land.
Here are some points for travelers like to try and learn about Iran gastronomy tourism.
Iranian Food Culture:
Food is an important part in Iranian life style. Meal times are the best time for family members to get together. Mothers spend morning hours in kitchen to gather all the family members on a colorful Persian tablecloth containing delicious foods.
Iran is a Halal destination; most of the foods in Iran are in the category of Halal Food. Halal is referring to the food allowed by Islam rules, although you can find other meals like pork meat which are forbidden in Islam.
Famous Iranian Foods:
The most known Iranian food is Polo, Persian Rice. Most of Iranian families eat rice every single days of their life, me for example, so In Iranian food Menu you can find the combination of Persian rice with different kinds of stews, Kebabs or even fruits like cherry.
7 meals you need to try when you are visiting Persia:
Ghormeh Sabzi, the herbal stew with the piece of meat, Fesenjan, the stew containing walnut, pomegranate sauce and chicken or meat balls, Tahchin the mixture of rice, chicken, eggs and saffron which make a cake, Tahdig, Crunchy fried rice which can be mixed with potato, bread and much more things, Caviar, an special fish eggs, Jigar, lamp liver, kidney and heart kebab which can be find in street kitchens, and finally Kaleh Pache, a surprise you need to encounter hereJ
Vegetarian food in Iran:
The high lights of Iranian food most of the time includes different types of meat, so Iran may not be a heaven for veg travelers. Although this does not mean that as a vegetarian you will be left standard for food in Iran. Some Iranian cities have vegetarian restaurants like Tehran and Shiraz, in the other cities local food is the best choice for such people. Kashke bademjan, Mirza Ghaasemi, Ash Reshteh, Omelet, Falafel, Potato Cutlet and vegetable kuku are the examples of vegetarian dishes which can be find easily in Iranian restaurants. Another choice is fast food, such as vegetable Pizzas and Pasta.
Here are some famous desserts in Iran, Ranginak, Shole- zard, Iranian Halva, Bastani (Iranian ice cream), Faloodeh shirazi, different kinds of cakes and also Zoolbia and bamieh which are just available during Ramadan.
Alcoholic drinks are forbidden in Iran, unbelievable yeah…?!
I know it can’t be replaced and I can’t promise you to be able to find some alcohol in iran, who knows?!! J
What I can be sure about is another majestic drink which can be find just here. Don’t hesitate to try Doogh, the white sour and salty drink.
Tea is the national drink in Iran; a day wouldn’t be complete without a cup of tea! Many kinds of herbal teas are popular among Iranian, such as Saffron tea and cinnamon tea.
Tape water is drinkable in Iran, although mineral water can be found easily in any small stall in the street. A bottle of mineral water is around 30 cents in Iran.
Different kinds of bread can be seen in Iranian Bazaars. Taaftoon, Barbari, Sangak and Lavaash are the names you’ll hear in Iran.
The process of making bread is also unique here, the various types of breads has different method of cooking, some in traditional ovens and some in modern machines.
Learning about Persian cuisine cannot be complete without talking about Iranian hospitality. You won’t finish your tour in Iran without being invited to a local house for a cup of tea, coffee or even lunch or dinner by people you may never see in your life again. If you decide to go to a Family dinner and accept Iranians invitation or Taarof, keep in mind the following points:
- Remember to take off your shoes by the door.
- You do not need to buy anything for the dinner, because everything is ready there for you. Although if you like to buy something for appreciation, you can take some flowers, a little gift or even a souvenir from your home town.
- Do not enter their kitchen without knocking the door, women may not be prepared.
Try to learn about Persian culture when you are enjoying your meal or tea in a local house with local people, since there are a lot of beauties lying there.
An Iranian lunch!
Jose and his friends have visited Iran in 2017. They’ve participated in Friendlyiran cooking courses and learned some of the popular Persian recipes, what Jose Luis learn during a cooking day made him to invite his friends for an Iranian Lunch in his home town.
Follow the pictures for a step by step Persian Lunch…