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Iranian Foods

Soups Light/Side Dishes Main Dishes Desserts/Pastry Miscellaneous

Iranian Food Culture

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.


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


  • 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

  • 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


  • Maast: yogurt - make it at home

Source: Iranian/Persian Recipes

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