Gone are the days when Persian cuisine is only served in restaurants and food stalls in Iran. The popularity of Persian dishes has already reached multicultural cities in the West and in other parts of the world. And an increasing number of people had tasted the promise of Persian dishes making them crave for more.
Persian cuisine is a mix of traditional and modern style of cooking in Iran. The country is situated in the Middle East with diverse culture and history especially when it comes to their dishes.
The Persian cooking style basically evolved from influences of neighboring countries including Greek and Turkish cuisines. These influences gave Iran a different take on culinary style. You will be amazed on the variety of Persian foods you can get on your plate. Since the inspiration of these dishes is varied, the rich experience of having a flavorful and aromatic dish will satisfy your taste buds.
But before you indulge yourself on a Persian cuisine treat, here are some things you need to know about Iranian cooking:
Rich and flavorful
A lot of recipes in different regions of Iran use ingredients native to the country. A historical fact is Iran had carried over their old recipes until today slightly tweaking it for a more modern twist but preserving the flavors loved by Iranians in the past. The cuisine is both rich in history and taste.
Iranian cuisine includes a variety of foods ranging kebabs (roasted meat) served with rice, vegetable recipes including kuku (vegetable souffle), soup including ash and khoresh (stew) with rice.
Rice has become a staple in a Persian meal. The Persian cuisine even serves polo (white rice) which can be eaten with additional vegetables, herbs and even meat choices of lamb, chicken or fish.
Pita bread is also common in Persian cuisine. This bread is the oldest and yet the most standard food not only in Iran but also in the whole of Middle East. Today, it is served as a part of a meal in many Persian and Middle Eastern restaurants.
Greens and beans
Fresh green veggies are frequent on the plates of all Middle Eastern locals. They serve veggies along with fruits including pomegranates, quinces, apricots and plums. Raisins and prunes are also served with the greens. But of all, eggplant is the most used vegetable in this region. Egg plants are staples in some Persian recipes.
Aside from veggies, beans have become special treats to locals of Iran. Fava beans are the most celebrated for it is one of the oldest plants under cultivation. Fava is a seasonal bean of the pea family. The beans have distinct creamy texture and smoky flavor loved by many of the locals.
During the ancient years, Fava beans were banned due to the belief that the peas contained the spirits of the departed. Today, the beans have been one of the most-sought ingredients in many Persian dishes.
Herbs and spices
Persian cuisine has a balanced taste of herbs and spices. Some of the flavorings used in Persian cuisine include dried lime, parsley, cinnamon and saffron. With proper style and skill in cooking, these herbs mixed delicately give Persian dishes a unique characteristic.
Persian cuisine is a mix of different influences cooked with style and delicateness. It is a gastronomic treat not only for your taste buds but for your stomach as well. Expect a different play on herbs and spices for every flavorful