Iran Culinary Tours
Delicious Iranian cuisines and its variety is almost an unknown face of Iran compared with its historical monuments and the culture. Traditional Iranian food is the combination of fresh ingredient mixed with magical substances like saffron, cinnamon, barberry and etc. Traveling to each city in this country, you will enjoy tastes, spices and aromas of foods, different from other cities. The seafood in southern cities like Bushehr and Bandar Abbas are quite chilly and spicy, while the sea food served in northern Iran is cooked with herbs and less spice. Or in the cold cities of northwest Iran like Azerbaijan province and Ardebil you will be served lots of meat Kebab while you will have lighter foods in warm eastern lands.
Here is a guide to Iranian culinary highlights that will come handy to every traveler coming to Iran especially for the first time:
By taking a look at the menus in Iranian restaurants you will see that Kebab is the most famous Iranian cuisine, which comes in different types and tastes from different cities. Kabab Koobideh made with ground lamb is the most famous Iranian Kebab. After that Jooje Kabab (Chicken Kebab), Kabab Kenjeh (Chunked lamb Kebab) or a combination of these are other Iranian kebabs, which are usually served with inseparable mates like grilled tomatoes, saffron rice or Iranian bread. This combination will be perfectly complete by a touch of Sumaq which is an herbal sour powder which balances the fat of kebab in body.
After Kebab the most popular Iranian cuisine is Khoresht. You can have the best home-made Khoresht or stews at houses of Iranian locals but if you didn’t have the chance to have a meal in an Iranian house you can taste pretty good ones in restaurants. According to ingredients available and the food taste, Iranians cook different stews like Gheimeh made with split peas, the lovely Ghormeh Sabzi which is the greenish stew made with vegetables and meat and Fesenjan, the unique combination of pomegranate juice, ground walnut and chicken, which comes in both sour and sweet.
We can say that Dizi is the most traditional Iranian cuisine. Dizi also called Abgoosht, has been a popular food in Iran since old times and is slow cooked lamb meat in ceramic pots named Dizi, on fire and then mashed and at last served with mutton soup broth, fresh vegetables and pickle. Sangak bread is the best mate for this Iranian food.
Ash is the Iranian thick soup which comes in many diverse types. Considering the local vegetable and the taste of the people you can find different Ash in regions of Iran. This food is usually serves as supper or sometimes breakfast. Ash Reshteh which is almost the most famous Iranian Ash is served in many family gatherings and rituals. This Ash is made of fresh herbals and a noodle named Reshteh and topped with whey and fried onion. You can easily have some Ash Reshteh as a street food in cities. The best time for enjoying a bowl of Ash in Iran is after a long walk in winter cold weather.
Iran can be known as a good destination for the vegetarians and pescaterians. With a big number of seasonal vegetables/fruits and cuisines with no meat on the menu of the restaurants like Kashk o Bademjan (eggplant and Whey), Kookoo (made of potatoes) different kinds of soup and Ash and etc., you can be sure that you will have different kinds of vegetarian meals in Iran. Ajil which is a mixture of nuts is a great choice vegetarians have in Iran. This tasty mixture includes almonds, pistachios, walnut, dried berries, raisins, peanuts and maybe even more ingredient providing much energy.
Desserts and sweets
Having dessert every day as a food course is not very common among Iranians but they have plenty of sweets in different shapes that you can enjoy after your meal. Halva (literally meaning sweet) is what you can find in family gatherings and restaurants as Iranian dessert which is made in different ways and mixtures. Halvas are made of date, saffron, cardamom, nuts, flour and organic oils. Apart from Halva there is traditional Iranian Ice cream which tastes amazing and Faloodeh which is fizzy starch noodles with a touch of lime juice. Yazd and Kerman sweets like Kolompeh, Ghottab and Baqlava are also amazing sweets made of nuts, oils and aromatic and warm spices
Iran Culinary Tours
Iran culinary tours
Iran culinary tours and home cooked meals are getting more and more popular among travelers who want to explore this unknown destination more than usual. These tours provide a complete history of Persian culinary and recipes that are delivered to us from ancient times and then share the joy of Persian cooking with you. You can get to know Iranian herbs and spices used in their foods and then enjoy the Iranian cuisine or sweet you have cooked yourself. Home cooked meals include visiting a usually big Iranian family and being their guest for some hours, having a classic Iranian meal with them and enjoying their hospitality and great food.