It a common rumor about Iran that people who have plant-based diets cannot travel to Iran, well that couldn’t be further from the truth of it, Not only does Iran produce boast a roster of Plant based dishes, but it is one of the many reasons to travel to Iran. So, let’s discuss some of these mouthwatering dishes, readers it is advised that you read this article only if you are close to your fridge for, we can guarantee at the end of it, you’re going to hear some growls!
It would be impossible to leave this dish out, Mirza Ghasemi is a dish that has its roots in the northern regions of Iran and is favored widely by people of all ages. It is a simple dish to make, has very few ingredients and is widely popular not only in Iran but throughout the world. This eggplant-based delicacy is as good as it gets, let’s learn a little about it.
The main ingredients in making this dish are:
Fresh tomato paste
Eggs (optional according to many recipes)
Recipe does change depending on where this dish is being served in Iran but this is the common main ingredient throughout the country and really what more could you ask for. Mirza Ghasemi can be served with bread or with rice depending when and where it is served. If the food is served as a starter, it is common to be served with bread but if it is served as a main course it is saved with rice. Local veggies are always accompanying this dish and are both healthy and tasty munchies whilst enjoying this heaven-sent meal!
Ash is one of those foods you can’t help but think of when you’re walking back home in the cold winter nights of Iran. It warms our hearts and makes us feel excited, this is all before even getting a bowl. It represents family, it represents community. It symbolizes the love of a mother to a lot of Iranians. It can be said Ash Reshteh has been since its origin a family meal as it used to be cooked on top of fire with massive amounts of Reshteh (Persian noodles) being added by the kids of the family as the crunchy sounds of these noodles always accompanied by laughter. This dish has family written all over it as each member has a role to play in its making, special occasions such as the Norouz are filled with Ash-e Reshteh memories for us all as it is one of the main traditions of the Persian new year. Iranians do like to welcome the new year and say goodbye to the cold winter with a hot bowl of Ash-e Reshteh in their hands. In Muharram Ash-e- Reshteh is made in large quantities and shared around communities as well.
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Roughly translated it means water, yogurt and Cucumber and it is quite as simple to make as it is to translate as the main ingredients for this dish are water (iced) Persian yogurt. This dish is mostly served with the intention to beat the summer heat and is served as a starter or appetizer or a midday snack. Traditionally it has added sun dried mint and crushed walnuts in it. Often bread is added to make it more fulfilling and when served as a light dinner. Fresh herbs are a must to have the best taste.
It’s a light breakfast which is mostly made during the winter on weekends when the family is set to spend the morning together under blankets with a cozy show on. The food is simple to make and is mostly just water and lentils. It is however the base to many more. Lemon is usually added for taste along with red pepper powder. However, add rice to the mix, and it’s now Adas Polow, one of Iranians most popular vegetarian dishes. The main ingredients in this dish are:
However, Adasi can be served with special types of bread to make it more fulfilling for the family, Rosins are often added along with rice when Adas Polow is being made. It is often served as lunch with rice and is said to have come from the mid-western regions of Iran.
Eggplant is one of those vegetables that is overlooked throughout the world but we Iranians did not make this mistake, so It’s why we have mastered the ability to create delicious delicacies with two simple ingredients. This Persian dip is used as a starter during many formal dinners however it can be served as an informal lunch meal alongside with fresh bread. These lives rent free in the hearts of all those who have ever had the chance of tasting it and it is our due responsibility to invite you to come and experience this delicious meal with us in Iran.