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Persian Food

Food from Iran or Afghanistan

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I suppose I'm slightly biased.

  • Dec 13, 2008
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I'll admit that coming from an Iranian family I am slightly biased towards liking Persian food. But if you think about it, not all people enjoy their own ethnicity's cuisine (do all Thais like Thai food?) so I think I'll go ahead and write this review anyways. But before I do, let me clarify something for many people: Iran refers to the country in which Persian culture (food, music, arts, langauge) exists. So you'll often hear people using both terms to refer to anything ("I'm Persian" or "Iranian restaurant," etc).

Persian cuisine is extremely varied and includes a wide assortment of appetizers, foods, and desserts. In general, it uses lots of vegetables and rice, in addition to a meat here and there. My favorites are the khoreshts, which are thick stews served with rice. I guess a lot of people would relate them to Indian curries, but ours are thicker and much less spicy. I personally enjoy Fesenjan the most. It's made with ground walnuts and pomegranate paste and chicken or duck. Yes, it looks like mud, but it's tart and delicious.

There are many, many Persian restaurants throughout California (most are in Los Angeles, San Jose, and Sacramento). But there are also large Persian communities in Texas, DC, and New York. Don't be intimidated by language barriers; almost all restaurants have helpful bilingual menus that are sure to help you select an excellent entree that you're remember as being one of your best!

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Persian cuisine most often includes the foods of Iran and Afghanistan. It is most famous for several distinct dish types, which include:
  • Kabab: grilled or cooked meats, either chicken, beef, lamb, or fish;
  • Khoresht: stews served with rice, often made with a meat item and vegetables or fruits;
  • Aash: thick soups made with beans, vegetables, and sometimes meats;
  • Pollo: white rice that is served with kababs or khoreshts, or that includes its own meats, fruits, or vegetables; and
  • Kookoo: vegetable omlettes.
Persian cuisine may vary extremely between regions and countries, but fundamentally, it includes foods of similar forms and textures that are altered with different spices, fruits, herbs, and other accoutrements. Persian cuisine also includes an extensive list of appetizers, desserts, and other recipes.
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