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Iranian Foods

Soups Light/Side Dishes Main Dishes Desserts/Pastry Miscellaneous

Iranian Food Culture

Source:
Roza Montazemi's comprehensive cookbook: Honar-e Aashpazi or Art of Cooking (reprinted over 30 times in Iran) was consulted in preparation of some of the recipes.

Conversions:

The metric system has been used for weights. To convert, note that one pound equals 450 grams and 1 kg equals 2.2 pounds.


Soups

  • Aash-e Gandom: a rich soup made with wheat, spinach, peas, beans and lentils
  • Aash-e Aaloo: a rich soup made with various herbs, rice, meat and prunes
  • Aash-e Anaar: a very rich soup made with rice, various herbs, meat and pomegranate paste
  • Aash-e Reshteh: with reshteh (similar in shape to spaghetti), kashk (thick whey), herbs, ...

Light/Side Dishes

  • Maast-o-Khiar: made with yogurt, cucumber, onions, mint, salt, and pepper
  • Mirza Ghasemi: made with fried eggplants, eggs, tomatoes, and garlic
  • KooKoo Morgh: with chicken, eggs, onions, saffron, and lime juice
  • Salad-e Olivieh: made with chicken, eggs, peas, carrots, dill-pickles, potatoes, and lime juice
  • Naaz Khaatoon: with eggplants, tomatoes, pomegranate juice, sour grape juice, and marjoram
  • Ghalieh Esfanaaj: with ground meat, split-peas, lentils, spinach, mint and kashk (thick whey)
  • Kala Joosh: made with ground meat, walnuts, mint, turmeric, and kashk (thick whey)
  • Khaviar: caviar with onion, lime juice, butter, and parsley


Main Dishes
  • Kateh: white rice (simpler)
  • Kabab Hosseini: lamb or beef cooked on skewers with onions, tomatoes and green peppers
  • Joojeh Kabab: barbecued chicken with olive oil, tomatoes and saffron
  • Maahi Kabab: barbecued fish with lime juice, olive oil, saffron, and herbs
  • Beryani: a dish from Esfahan made with specially prepared lamb and bread
  • Dolme Felfel: peppers filled with ground meat, rice and herbs
  • Dolme Barg Mow: vine leaves wrapped around a mix of ground meat, rice and herbs
  • Ghorme Sabzi: exquisite dish made with various herbs, meat, black-eye beans and potatoes
  • Koofte Berenji: large balls of rice, ground meat, various herbs, onions and walnuts
  • Tah Cheen: delicious dish made with chicken, rice, eggs, yogurt and saffron
  • Toss Kabab: with meat, potatoes, carrots, and onions
  • Khoresh  Anaar: made with chicken, walnuts, pomegranate juice, herbs, sugar, and garlic
  • Khoresh Aaloo: with chicken, pitted prunes, potatoes, and saffron
  • Zereshk Polow: with rice, barberries, sugar, chicken and saffron
  • Morasah Polow: rice, chicken, raisins, barberries, almonds, pistachios, orange peel, and saffron
  • Shirin Polow: rice, chicken, sugar, almonds, pistachios, orange peel and saffron
  • Kalam Polow: made with rice, ground lamb or beef, and cabbage
  • Adas Polow: made with rice, meat, raisins, saffron, dates and lentils
  • Haveej Polow: with rice, chicken, carrots, sugar and saffron
  • Loobia Polow: with rice, meat, green beans, and tomato paste
  • Albaloo Polow: made with rice, black cherries, chicken, sugar, and saffron
  • Meigo Polow: with shrimps, rice, eggs, and curry powder
  • Del: sheep hearts with mushrooms, herbs and cheese
  • Maghz: fried brain with herbs
  • Gholveh: fried kidneys with herbs and lime juice

Desserts/Pastry
  • Baagh Lava: with almonds, sugar, cardamom, egg yolks, milk, flour, and rose-water
  • Yakh Dar Behesht: made with rice-flour, starch, sugar, rosewater, milk and pistachios
  • Shir Berenj: made with rice, sugar, rosewater, milk and cream
  • Halva: made with fried wheat flour, sugar, saffron, rosewater, pistachios and almonds
  • Ranginak: with fried wheat flour, sugar, dates, walnuts, pistachios, cinnamon and cardamom
  • Zoolbia: with starch, yogurt, sugar, and rosewater
  • Baamieh: with flour, eggs, sugar, and rosewater
  • Fereni: made with milk, rice-flour, sugar and rosewater
  • Sekanjebin: made with vinegar, sugar, mint and lettuce
  • Shole-Zard: with rice, sugar, saffron, rosewater, pistachios, almond and cinnamon
  • Naan-Berenji: made with rice-flour, sugar, eggs and rosewater
  • Ghotaab: made with eggs, yogurt, flour, almonds, sugar and cardamom powder
  • Samanoo: made with wheat and wheat flour


Miscellaneous

  • Maast: yogurt - make it at home

Source: Iranian/Persian Recipes

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