The culinary specialities of Iran

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What does Iranian food look like?

It looks like middle east food (Lebanese & Egyptian mainly) but with an iranian twist. And the iranian twist comes from a few things : The onions are usually fried with curcuma, dried lime powder is used as a sour touch, Kamel milk or curd are used in a few recipes as a softener and a sour touch also and the classical iranian spices mix is made with cumin, cinnamon, coriander seeds and dried basil.

And something you’d like to know before going to Iran, is that it’s hard to find real iranian food in the streets or in the restaurants (you’ll find more kebab style food – Barbecued meat on a skewer – but hardly proper family type of food). Don’t hesitate to go to the touristics areas though, ask people in the street, book a room in a guesthouse who serve diner or use couchsurfing and ask to cook with your host.


Street food

Ash – Thick vegetables soup to eat with bread.

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Samosa – Fried thin bread stuffed with spinach, vegetables or…

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Falafel sandwich.



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Main courses

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Dizy – Lamb, beans, veggies and bread… Delicious.

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Shevid chelov with Goosht loobia – slow cooked lamb in oil with beans.

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Jegar – Liver kebab.

Kima_Iran_Speciality_Fahraj_Desert_Top things to do_Hotel farvardinnKima – Mix of lamb and beef stew with tomato sauce.

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Safran rice.



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Falloudeh – Frozen starch noodles with lime juice.

delicatessen_Iran_Yadz_Speciality_Top things to doIranian delicatessen – And yes it’s very different from the lebanese and turkisg ones !