Persian cooking is one of the most interesting eastern cuisines that are starting to earn global popularity. In Los Angeles, for instance, you’ll find many restaurants serving Persian food. What makes this cuisine so popular? Here are some of the things that make Iranian food uniquely interesting even to foreign taste buds:
Meat Dishes and Rice
Most Persian dishes are served with rice along with viands made from meat, lamb, chicken, or fish. Among the most famous is the Chelo-Kabab, which is Iran’s national dish. Fesenjan is another favorite; it’s a duck or goose meat dish with nuts and pomegranate paste. Iranians also add fresh herbs and vegetables to meat stews and thick soups to make them even tastier.
The Iranians have several ways of cooking rice. The most notable is the Polo Rice, which is prepared by soaking the rice with salt and water before cooking it.
Herbs and Fruits
Persian cuisines include fresh green herbs matched with a variety of flavorful fruits. These include different fruits and veggies many countries consider “exotic.” Iranians love to eat fresh green salads that usually include spinach, green beans, and zucchini. Other famous ingredients include pumpkin and different varieties of squash, along with cucumber, tomato, carrots, and scallions. These are often served as side dishes while others are flavorings for other dishes. Eggplants, dubbed as the “potatoes of Iran,” are also a favorite ingredient.
Fruits are often served fresh as desserts, but they also serve as main ingredients along with meat. Some common fruits found in many Persian food and delicacies include apricots, prunes, plums, grapes, melons, and pomegranates. Dried fruits, such as dates, raisins, and figs are also staples in the Persian table.
Spices and Side Dishes
Another notable ingredient that makes Persian food uniquely flavorful is the selection of spices they use. They use saffron, cinnamon, dried limes, and parsley to add flavor.
Iranian meals will never be complete without a variety of accompaniments, such as “sabzi khordan,” a plate of different herbs. They’re often served with flat bread, white cheese, yogurt, and lemon juice.
Persian meals have a distinct rich aroma and flavor that makes them worth trying. Thanks to the combination of spices and fresh herbs, each dish is appetizing and truly satisfying.