Discovering Persian ingredients is like finding a treasure on a hidden island. That dazzling sight of pink rose petals and green cardamom with a heady scent of red saffron and golden turmeric will undoubtedly increase your cravings in Persian food. If you are a food explorer who loves to experience different kinds of cuisine from other countries, here’s your chance to discover what they offer!
Here are some best ingredients of Persian cuisine that add to the unmistakable taste of their food. These ingredients can be found in several online stores if you are far from Iranian grocery stores.
Limoo Omani or Dried Limes
Unlike any limes you see in the supermarket, Limoo Omani is bitter and sweet due to the combination of the juice and the rind. These small, dried limes have an intense flavor which is usually added to soups and stews. Compare to other ingredients like bay leaves and cinnamon sticks, this type of lime can be softened and eaten after cooking.
Sabzi or Green Herbs
One of the best elements that play a significant role in the Persian food is this fresh and dried green herbs that have contributed a lot the unique taste of the food. Herbs which are commonly used in Persian food are dill, mint, parsley, cilantro, basil, chives, fenugreek, and tarragon. Marjoram and oregano on the other hand usually make an occasional appearance in the meal. Dried herbs are safe to use as ingredients. In fact, the dried spearmint and dried dill weed can often be found in most Persian kitchen.
Golab and Barg-e gol or Rosewater and Rose Petals
Did you know that rose water is the equivalent of vanilla extract in the Persian food? With this ingredient, you’ll encounter flavors like baklava, rice pudding, ice cream, and cookies. Rose petals on the other hand surprisingly lend a unique and savory flavor to the rice. They also make a great garnish for yogurt and salads. Some bakers used them in a baked egg frittata and with rice.
Saffron is a popular ingredient in Persian food. They are used as flavoring entrées and desserts because of its sweet aroma. It takes a teaspoon of this ingredient to turn your dish into something that captures people’s appetite. Something that they will never forget as they travel the country.
Saffron is added to the Persian food by grinding it in a mortar and pestle; steep it in hot water for a half an hour before you add it to the dish that you are cooking.
Mealtimes provide the primary structure in their lives. Persian diet is healthy and nutritious because of the variety of fruits, nuts, lentils, vegetables, spices, and herbs. Most of the ingredients have medicinal values.