[caption id="attachment_2680" align="alignright" width="300"] A flavorful fesenjan stew topped with pomegranate[/caption]
Iran has a rich history of delicious cuisine which has been an integral part of the culture for generations. If you've ever watched the film, Shahs of Sunset, you'll have seen glimpses of these traditional classics. Then again, the dishes at family gatherings are probably just as great as dining with the Shahs.
Just for a recap on some of our classic meals which we love so much and are served in some of the top Persian restaurants, here a list of some of our most scrumptious Persian dishes.
Fesenjan: Fesenjan is a Persian chicken stew which is cooked in a walnut and pomegranate sauce. It is often written on menus as 'fesenjoon.' The flavors in this stew are a spectacular combination and if you're looking to win a girl's heart, serve her a dish of homemade fesenjan.
Tahdig: Tahdig is that crispy golden layer which forms at the bottom of a pot of cooked rice. You can make it using either rice, bread, potatoes or pasta, even a combination of these. Tahdig often doesn't make it out the kitchen at home, as it usually gets eaten rather quickly.
[caption id="attachment_2681" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mouth-watering kufteh Tabrizi[/caption]
Abgoosht: Abgoosht is a lamb stew made with chickpeas and vegetables and served alongside pickled vegetables known as torshi, some lavash bread, and herbs. This is such a popular Persian dish, as it can serve a large family at a low cost.
Abdoogh Khiar: Iranian cuisine has a combination of several hot and cold dishes, such as abdoogh khiar, a chilled yogurt soup. The soup is a simple dish with a unique flavor.
Kufteh Tabrizi: These are the Tabriz meatballs made with herbs, rice, and barberries, and include a combination of meats. You can always add your own additions, for instance, by stuffing them with duck, as some chefs do.
Salad Shirazi: One of our typical salad dishes, Salad Shirazi can be made by combining chopped up cucumber, tomato, onion, and some lemon juice. Many Persians add their own signature to the dish, depending on their taste preferences.
Barbari bread: Bread is an important part of our diet, lavash bread is best for dipping into delicious dressings, sangak is just perfect to roll up like a burrito, and then there is barbari bread, which is more substantial. If you want to get creative, use it as a pizza base, it will blow your mind!
[caption id="attachment_2682" align="alignright" width="300"] Faloodeh frozen dessert[/caption]
Ghormeh Sabzi: Ghormeh Sabzi is everyone's favorite stew, made with lamb and fresh herbs and kidney beans, you are sure to find it in any Persian kitchen.
Tava Kebabi: Kebabs are a Persian staple. They were apparently invented by soldiers who cooked pieces of meat on their swords when they were away from home. They can be eaten in different forms with garnishes and sauces of your choice and are a popular street food.
Faloodeh: Faloodeh is one of our good old frozen desserts, said to be "the oldest frozen dessert known to man." The dish can be made using frozen vermicelli noodles, corn starch, and pistachios. There are, of course, so many variations to this sweet treat, so you can make a faloodeh specialty of your own.