Iran is a Asian country, full of the best cultural and art heritage in the world. It is the birthplace of one of the oldest civilisations in the world. It is full of wonderful art, consisting of paintings, architecture, calligraphy, music, dance etc. It is one of the most important countries in terms of its rich culture and heritage. Iran also has a vee unique cuisine with numerous delicacies. Here is a list of top Iranian dishes that are not meant to be missed at all.
1. Lavash Flatbread
Lavash Flatbread is a traditional Persian dish. It is a thin bread made up of flour, fresh yeast, water, salt and kéfiéor cottage cheese. Cumin or sesame seeds can also be added for more flavor. It is mainly eaten wifh salad and it can also be used to make wrapped sandwiches.
2. Kabab Barg
Kabāb-e Barg is an old and popular Persian style kabab. It is a barbecued or marinated lamb. Sometimes chicken and beef is also used. Onions, tomatoes, and garlic is also used along with some spices. It is served with rice.
3. Sangak Flatbread
Sangak Flatbread is a traditional Persian dish popular all over Iran. It is a huge bread, 3 feet long and 1 foot wide. It is made of whole wheat and all purpose flour. What makes it unique is that this dough is baked over hot pebbles. It is truly mouth-watering.
4. Albaloo Polo
Albaloo Polo is a Persian saffron sour cherry rice. It is prepared with basmati rice. Rosewater, pistachios, and almonds are added to give it that authentic flavor. It is garnished with caramalised cherries and golden brown meat balls. It can also be made vegetarian by not adding the meat.
5. Taftan Flatbread
Taftan is a hearth baked flatbread from Persia and Pakistan. It is similar to Indian naan but is lighter and flakier. It has a striking golden hue and amazing flavor due to the addition of saffron. It is generally served alongside curries and soups. Yeast, ghee, yoghurt, and milk are also added in it preparations.
6. Barbari Bread
It is a popular Iranian flatbread. A type of thick yeast leavened flatbread, it is topped with sesame seeds or black caraway seeds. It is crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. It has a golden color from the topping called “roomal”.
7. Sabzi Polo
Sabzi Polo is a traditional Iranian dish with is basically herb rice. It is made with basmati rice and a lot of veggies. It has a beautiful green color. Its main component is the tahdig which is prepared with crispy, saffron-tinged lavash. It is made during Nowruz (Iranian new year). It is usually served with fish.
8. Jujeh Kabab
Jujeh Kabab is a classic Persian chicken kabob recipe. The chunks of chicken are traditionally grilled on charcoal, with or without bone. The chunks are maniated in minced onion, lemon juice, and saffron. It is one of the most popular and common dishes in Iran.
9. Ghormeh Sabzi
Ghormeh Sabzi, also spelled as qormeh, is considered as the national dish of Iran. It is an Iranian herb stew. A lot of vegetables are added in it along with some spices. Pieces of chuck roast and red kidney beans are also added. It is a delicious recipe, popular all over Iran.
Tahchin is a traditional Iranian rice dish. It consists of rice, yoghurt, eggs, and saffron. It can be prepared with chicken, meat, or veggies. There is a crispy rice crust on the outside and juicy chicken in the centre. It is served with yogurt, chicken, or meat.
11. Tannur Or Tandoor Bread
This is a popular Persian bread. It is made in Tandoor, a traditional clay oven. It has a smoky taste and crunchy texture. Flour is the main ingredient used to make it. It is served with curries and soups.
Kaymak is a popular dish in Iran. It is a dairy product, thick and creamy in texture. It is prepared with milk, which is boiled and simmered for a couple of hours at a low heat. It has a delicious taste.
13. Kabab Koobideh
Kabab Koobideh is a popular Iranian dish. It is made from ground lamb or beef, sometimes from the combination of two. It is grilled over hot coals. The kabab is served with lavash or sangak in a wrap. Grilled onions and tomatoes are also eaten with it.
Qottab is a traditional Iranian deep fried almond and walnut-filled pastry or cake. It has a refreshing taste and is usually made during Iranian New year, Nowruz. It is prepared from cardamom, flour, almonds, powdered sugar, and vegetable oil.
Fesenjān is a traditional Iranian stew, made with chicken and pomegranate. Onions, walnut, ground cinnamon, and butternut squash are also added in it. It is a simple dish, served with rice or flatbread.
16. Aush Reshteh/ Āsh e Reshte
Aush Reshteh is an old and traditional Persian dish. It is made from beans, noodle soup, and herbs. Onions, chickpeas, lentils, and green leafy vegetables are also added in it. It is a common dish during Persian new year.
17. Naan Berenji
Naan Berenji is a traditional Persian cookies made with rice and poppy seeds. Sugar, ground cinnamon, butter, and eggs are used in its making. It has a light and crunchy nature. It is flavored with rose water and cinnamon and has a refreshing taste.
Gheimeh or Qeimeh is a traditional Iranian stew. It is made of diced mutton, tomatoes, split peas, onion, and dried lime. It is garnished with thinly sliced golden crispy potatoes. It is popular all over Iran.
19. Bonab Kabab
Bonab kabab is a popular kabab dish in Iran. It is made of onion, salt, and mutton. Not many ingredients are added in it and it is a simple dish. Salt and pepper are added to taste. It is a mouth-watering recipe that should be tried once.
Pashmak is the Persian cotton candy or candy floss. It is made up of sugar. It is a delicious dish, served on its own or with fruits, cakes, or desserts. Sometimes it is garnished with ground pistachio nuts. It is a popular dessert all over Iran.