Food and Drinks in Iran

?What does Iranian food consist of

Persian cuisine is not hot or spicy. Traditional Iranian food is mainly rice (plain or infused with barberries, saffron, raisins or herbs) with various kinds of sauces (or khoresht), made with vegetables and greens (like eggplants, patato, beans, lentils, onions, and tomatoes). Meat dishes include options such as lamb, beef, chicken and fish. Most popular are various kinds of kebabs (skewered meat), which are readily available in smaller restaurants along the roads. Western dishes — of which there is a modest selection — may be available in hotels and major restaurants

Food is generally made with fresh ingredients and is healthy. Rice and cooked vegetables can be arranged for vegetarians, but there is no choice of vegetarian dishes specifically

If you are eager to taste different dishes of different cultures, don’t miss Dizi(Abgusht)in Iran. To taste traditional dishes, the best way is to find a local traditional restuarant  to order it . we will recomend you  some top rated restaurants  to use in our tours


Abgusht (literally means water and meat) is a stew which is traditionally known as Dizi too. Like many onter dishes in Persian cuisine, It is a slow-cooked dish. Its main ingredients are lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onions, potatoes, tomatoes and dried lime

Abgusht is an informal dish with a customized ritual of eating. One popular custom is to take a piece of traditional bread called 'Nan', tear it in small pieces and drop it in the broth and then later the solid parts are mashed together and eaten which is called as `Goosht Koobideh`. A combination of fresh aromatic leaves called `Sabzi Khordan` and pickles are enjoyed with Abgusht

Basically it is considered as a common-man meal which can be found in ordinary restaurants and also in  the very sophisticated traditional restaurants

It is a comfort persian food which has to be cooked for hours to obtain the best results.  It is mostly enjoyed during the cold winter days

Kashke Bademjan

Kashke Bademjan is a savoury dish mostly served as an appetizer but can be enjoyed as a main course also by the more eggplant loving fans. It is a nutritious vegetarian dish frequently prepared in the Persian households during summer when aubergine is in its sweetest form 

To prepare this dish, first eggplants are peeled and sliced. Then fried in oil. Later they are mashed and cooked with whey and fried onions. A lavish topping of crushed walnuts, crisp fried onions, fried garlic slices and fried crushed dry mint leaves makes it a very rich and delicious dish

Kashke Bademjan is much loved and enjoyed by those who like savoury taste due to the sourness of whey. It is fully enjoyed along with any Persian bread (Nan)

Ghormeh Sabzi

One of the common Persian foods  enjoyed frequently in Iran are stews which is served along with plain rice. Among all Ghorme Sabzi is one of the most loved stews by Iranians. It is a flavorful dish when herbs beautifully blend with lamb, beans and dry limes

Chelo Kebab

Chelo Kebab ia a meal of mutton fillet or grounded mutton grilled on skewers served with steamed rice (Chelo) and a big knob of butter on top. It is accompanied by grilled tomatoes, raw onions, Sumac, a sour culinary spice which is sprinkled on kebab as desired and fresh basil leaves. Doogh, a sour yogurt drink with dried mint leaves is a very common favorite beverage which is usually served with this dish 

This extremely delicious dish can be very well labeled as the national dish of Iran as it is loved by all age groups. Chelo Kebab can be found in all traditional Iranian restaurants. This typical coal grilled kebab with the very unique Iranian rice is liked in the first bite by anyone globally

Besides its traditional taste, it has a special overwhelming aroma which can be sensed from a distance which is more than pleasing. Kebab is also served with nan-e-sangak or freshly oven baked nan-e-lavash (special Iranian bread). Kebab can be found in various countries but this special Iranian dish is incomparable

:It comes in different varieties also like

 Sheeshlik – marinated lamb chops

 Kebab Koobideh – minced meat and onions

Kebab barg – fillets of beef tenderloin

4-At Iranian restaurants the combination of one Kebab barg and one Kebab Koobideh is typically called 'Soltani' (royal)

Khoresh Gheymeh

Also known as: Khoresht Gheymeh, gheimeh

Khoresh  gheymeh is one of the common traditional stews cooked frequently in Iranian homes. This khoresh (literally meaning stew) comprises of small pieces of lamb or beef, split peas, diced onions, tomato purée and dried lime. It is served topped with potato fries. Saffron is the magic ingredient added towards the end

Iranians like eating stews along with rice and this is no exception

This stew is customary cooked on Ashura day and given as Nazri (food distributed among mourners and people)

Water and soft drinks

Iran has a wide pipeline system around the country, and the water is fresh, clean and cheap, However, due to the different water filtration system in Iran, it’s recommended that tourists use bottled water for drinking and tap water for washing

No matter whether it’s a coke, pepsi, fruit juice, dairies or islamic beer, soft drinks in Iran are sold typically served in bottles and rarely in cartons. ‘Doug’ is a very popular salty yoghurt drink which is similar to ‘Ayran’ (drunk in Turkey)

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