Now in the second parts I want to talk about 10 most famous Iranian foods and beverages. You can only find them in Iran and test the original one here. I think by searching over the Internet and reading some articles and searching for photos you will see a lot of beautiful and well-decorated foods and drinks and all of them are so yummy and pleasant.
If you are interested to one day chose between all these foods, please keep reading this article for choosing the better one. Hope this article can answer most of your questions about Persian cuisines.
The most famous Iranian dishes for foreigners
Most of the time when foreigners travel to Persia, they prefer to have Iranian dishes instead of eating fast-foods and they always look for local foods. Now we want to introduce you the most famous foods which all around the world know them as an Iranian foods. So keep reading and you will understand why they are famous and delicious.
Many of foods ingredients are native to Iran such as walnuts, mint, saffron, pomegranates, and grapes and also Persian rice so most of cuisines have prepared from these spices.
Chelo Kabab (lamb meat with Persian rice)
The most famous Iranian food is Chelo Kabab. There are lots of different Kabab’s that they are really popular among tourists. Iranian master chief usually serves Chelo Kabab with grilled tomato and pepper and saffroned Persian rice, Dough, fresh vegetables. Sometimes they serve Kabab with bread instead of rice. And they serve the kabab with Sangak bread.
Dizi (Lamb meat, pea and tomato)
Dizi (Abgoosht) is original food of Iran. If you want to know more about Iranian food it’s better to go to the one of the traditional restaurant and order this delicious food. The Iranian chief cook Dizi with sheep meat, beans, potatos and tomatos and then serve it with Sangak bread, fresh vegetables, Dough and onion.
Ghormeh sabzi (green herb stew)
Ghormeh sabzi is another famous cuisines or Iran. That all Iranian people love its taste, this delicious stew made of mixture of different herbs, lamb and red beans. The flavor of ghormeh sabzi is sour and full of herbs. We add some dried sour to this mixture and the taste of its bitterness makes ghormeh sabzi unique.
Zereshk Polo (barberry rice)
Another Iranian food is Zereshk Polo which we serve most of the time in our ceremonies. We prepare this food with chicken and it contains of barberries, saffron and white rice and this food is really looks pretty and delicious and zereshk polo is the most famous Iranian food around the world.
Chicken Kabab (pieces of chickens)
Iranian people are really meat lover and they use meat in all kinds of their foods. Chicken kabab is another kind of Iranian kabab we cook it over red hot charcoal. This kabab contains of pieces of chicken which is tested with saffron, pepper, salt and sour lemon juice. Usually when we go to the champing we cook this kind of Kabab and we serve it with rice, saffron and grilled tomato which this combination is really delicious.
Fesenjan (pomegranate walnut stew)
This kind of stew in Iran we cook it at weeding. Fesenjan made of tart pomegranate with chicken or duck. The sauce of this stew contains of walnuts, tart pomegranate and onions that slowly cook to make a very thick sauce. To this sauce we add saffron and cinnamon and little amount of sugar to make its taste sour-sweet.
Tahchin is another food which is really beautiful and also very delicious. It’s interesting to know that tourists know this food as Iranian cake. Iranian people cook this food with rice or meat and eggplant, but the most famous one usually cook with chicken.
We have lots of Iranian foods such as Gheime, Dolmeh, Tabrizi Kufteh and Ash Reshte. All around the world know this foods and tourists when they come to Iran want to test these foods and enjoy it. It’s interesting to know that in Iran there are three kinds of meals that are very interesting for tourists. They are Fresh vegetables we most of the time have one dish of fresh vegetables which is contain of Basil, Parsley, Leek, Radish, green onion as side dish. Tahdig (scorched rice) is the most parts of Iranian food it is a thin golden crispy layer of rice which roast at pot pan and it smell like popcorn and also it have potato chips in it. Usually you can find Tahdig in Iranian food table and everyone loves it so much. Ash Reshteh (noddle and beans) is the other famous food in Iran. Ash Reshteh is kind of soup which is contain of beans, vegetables and spinach most of the time in Iran we serve it with whey or vinegar. Ingesting Ash Reshteh in cold days of winter is really pleasant.
Now it’s time to talk about drinks that you should try when you travel to Iran. In Iran, the Islamic republic, Alcohol is prohibited so all drinks and beverages are non-alcoholic. We can divide our traditional beverages into cold and warm.
There is nothing more freshly than drinking cold and sweet beverages in the summer of spring time we call it Sharbat.
The traditional drinks of Iran can easily release tiredness from body and freshen up you soon.
If you want to test it you can find them in juice shop or some café around the city. We have several kinds of drinks such as khakshir, tokhme sharbati and sekanjebin. In our juice shops they serves you at plastic glasses of Sharbart and they are inexpensive. By the way in our café shops they offer you a glass of sharbat as well as tea.
So here I want to tell a little more about our drinks for chilling your body.
Sekanjebin with cucumber
The sakenjebin sharbat is one of our traditional easy made drinks of Iran that you can have it at home. We make these sweet drinks with honey or sugar and water with grated cucumber adding mint. Leave at refrigerator to get cold.
As you know saffron is the national spice of Iran. We talked about it before. Saffron in our red crimson gold and this is our main spices of foods. The saffron sharbat made of sugar, water and little amount of saffron. We add all of these ingredients and dissolve altogether and with adding some ice cube to get cold also with an adding some mint leaves for its flavor. Then put the sharbat in refrigerate to cold down.
This kind of traditional sharbat is made of Basil seed. Using Basil is benefical for body according to the Iranian traditional Medication. It has lots amount of Omega-3 and it’s good for preventing blood pressure. The ingredients of this sharbat contains of basil seed, water, sugar, rosewater and ice cube. By adding these all together into water and dissolve them and let this mixture get cold.
Khakshir sharbat is other popular cold drinks of Iran. This sharbat contains of khakeshir which is red little seeds it’s know herb Sophia it is full of calcium, protein and fiber. This sharbat made of herb seeds, water, sugar or honey and sour lemon juice. Drink it cold.