FOOD is one of the most important reasons of traveling to Iran these days. If you are not a fan of trying foreign cuisines, come with us to explore the world of Iranian food and to take you on a gastronomy journey through Iran. If you are a fan, take our free ride for sure :) 

I may not be able to answer all of your questions in an article since Persian Foods are numberless but i will try my best. 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.

friendlyiran travelers at dinner time.

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 the Iranian families eat rice every single day 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. The way the Iranian people cook Polo is specific.


how important is Persian rice for people?
how Iranian cook rice?

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 meatballs, 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, a special fish eggs, Jigar, lamp liver, kidney and heart kebab which can be found in street kitchens, and finally Kaleh Pache, a surprise you need to encounter here.

how Iranian make Tahdig?
Persian stew Qormeh Sabzi
How to make Persian liver kebab
Kaleh-Pache Persian Food
Persian stew with pomegranate sauce and walnut and chicken

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.

vegetarian food in Iran
Persian vegetarian foods
Iranian vegetarian foods

Iranian Dessert:

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.

Persian desserts
Zulbia-bamiyeh is specially for Ramadan.

Persian drinks and beverages:

Various kinds of non-alcoholic drinks are common among Iranian people such as soda, coke, Pepsi, fruit juice, Islamic beer, and much more. Some of them are originally from Iran like Sharbat and Aragh which are in different tastes and a must-try Persian beverage during Summer times. Aragh or Arak is extracted from simple plants such as Eglantine, Roze and Meant. Arak also can be mixed with herbal seeds. Based on the medical articles, the positive effects of Arak on the body is more than the plant itself.

Another majestic Persian drink is Doogh, the white sour and salty drink. Don’t hesitate to try it after Kebab, get relaxed and sleepy with drinking a bottle of dugh with dried mint!

Doogh, is Persian white drink

Alcoholic drinks are forbidden in Iran so do not try to find some here, or try, who knows?!! 

Shiraz or Syrah wine is one of the most recognizable brands in the world of drink. The wine in Shiraz was recognized as the best wine of the Middle East district, this is the reason that Shiraz became Iran’s wine capital in the past. The city has an excellent climate for growing grapes. Based on the following article during the 13th century, a French knight called Gaspard de Sterimberg discovered great grapes in Shiraz…


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.

A must in Iran eco-tours is Chay-e Zoqali or fire 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.

Iranian tea with saffron

Iranian Bread:

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 bread have a different method of cooking, some in traditional ovens and some in modern machines. 

different Iranian bread
iranian bread that nomads coo

Iranian Hospitality:

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

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