As we all know, eating food is essential for survival and body health. In addition, eating is one of the most enjoyable activities in the world. This is a fact that Iranians well understand and enjoy of it. In Iran, serving food is common in all ceremonies and rituals. In fact, Iranian food is an attractive part of their cultural parties and ceremonies. In Iranian food culture, it is generally believed that food is a blessing from God. Thus, disrespecting food is the same as disrespecting God. Iranians are skilled cooks. They have a great variety of foods and use the most valuable and healthy raw materials for cooking traditional food. 

The diversity of Iranian food

There are many delicious and fragrant foods in Iran, from the north of the country with its aromatic herbs to the south with its unique spices that have shaped the variety of cuisine in terms of raw ingredients and cooking methods.

Iran encompasses many local dialects, lifestyles, traditions, and regional customs, all reflected in the food. 

In the north of this country, on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea, the abundant rainfall has contributed to green pastures and various fruits, vegetables, and herbs that have immerged into the region's taste. The food of the northern region has a simple and fresh aroma and taste, and the people of this region prefer sweet and sour flavors to spicy ones.

In the south of Iran, the provinces along the Persian Gulf, the climate is slightly warmer and drier due to the lower latitude and the lack of mountain ranges. Therefore, fresh ingredients are in short supply during the year, and there is not much variety in the food available. The food cooked in the south of this country contains more spices, tamarind, and peppers. 

In the south of Iran, the provinces along the Persian Gulf, the climate is slightly warmer and drier due to the lower latitude and the lack of mountain ranges. Therefore, fresh ingredients are in short supply during the year, and there is not much variety in the food available. The food cooked in the south of this country contains more spices, tamarind, and peppers. 

Famous Iranian food

Persian food is famous for its unique ingredients and recipes. Although most dishes require a lot of preparation and cooking time, they are very healthy and really have unforgettable tastes. If you have yet to try Persian food, you should search for your nearest Persian restaurant in Canada and United States and try one of the following meals.

Ghormeh Sabzi

This famous and fragrant food also has a strange history. Some people believe that this Iranian national food is 5,000 years old. This is a Long time to get better and tastier. The nomads of Iran, who were also skilled in recognizing the taste and properties of plants, cooked Ghormeh Sabzi for the first time, and perhaps they didn't know that they would become stew inventors who would fascinate everyone with their taste, smell, and color. This tasty stew consists of vegetables (including leeks, parsley, fenugreek and coriander, spinach or beet leaves), beans (red or pinto), red onions, and meat. The stew should taste a little sour, so add dried lemon or fresh lemon juice. This food is typically served with Persian rice, and the unique aroma of the rice makes for a delightful combination. Do not forget that the calories in this food are very, very high!

Persian Ghormeh Sabzi

Abgoosht

If we want to introduce the original Iranian taste to the world, Abgoosht is one of the essential options. Abgoosht is one of the oldest, most delicious, and most nutritious authentic Iranian food. This food is in liquid form, and meat is one of its main components.

Abgoosht

Kebab 

Kebab is probably the first food that you remember when hearing the name Iran. Iranian kebab is one of the most popular and well-known Iranian dishes in the world. The variety of Iranian kebabs is very large, and the type of cooking and their recipe are different. Shredded kebabs have different histories and origins. For example, Etemad al-Saltanah, in his book, attributes the creation of the kebab to the reign of Nasser al-Din Shah.

Persian Kebab

Zereshk Polo ba Morgh

Zereshk Polo ba Morgh is a Persian classic made with Zereshk (barberries), Morgh (chicken), and Polo, which is steamed and fluffy Persian rice. This is one of the most popular Persian rice dishes. It is served at small get-togethers and often cooked in larger quantities (such as for weddings or parties) to feed a crowd. Sometimes this dish is served alongside a type of soup, usually Soup é Morgh é Zaferani or Soup Jo and a simple salad.

Tahdig

Tahdig with Iranian rice is one of the most famous Iranian food in the world. Of course, this food is not independent and is served with rice and various kebabs and stews. Potato Tahdig, bread Tahdig, lettuce Tahdig, and saffron rice Tahdig are some of the different types of Tahdig. The most popular type is saffron rice Tahdig.

Tahdig

Kale Pache (Head and Legs of Sheep)

Kale Pache is another traditional Iranian food. It is a favorite food among everyone who tries it. 

There is a long history behind this food. Some Iranian and Italian archaeologists found pottery in the tombs discovered in the ancient site of Chelou in North Khorasan Province. That pottery contained the remains of Kale Pache. These tombs date from 3700 to 4200 years ago. According to experts, the remains of the Sheep head and four-legged of this animal have been found in a bowl-shaped container near some bodies. It is interesting that Kale Pache may have been their favorite food and may have been given to them after death.

Ash-e Reshteh

Ash Reshteh is a classic Persian noodle soup with beans and herbs that is intensely aromatic, amazingly delicious, nutrient-rich and a wholesome meal by itself. A one-pot wonder that will become your go-to recipe for a nourishing and tasty meal.

This heart-healthy soup traditionally known as Ash Reshteh or Ash-e Reshteh, is perhaps the most popular Persian soup. It is appreciated at festive times such as the Persian new year, but it is also served around the year.

Beryani

Beryani is one of the well-known native food in Isfahan. This food is prepared and served in specific places in Isfahan because it is valuable to local residents. This delicious food, like a burger, dates back to the Safavid era. They cook it in the Tandoor. Tandoor is like a cylindrical clay or metal oven used in cooking and baking. Biryani's ingredients are mutton, white liver, tail, and various spices. 

 Persian Beryani

Tahchin

Tahchin, also known as Persian Baked Rice Cake, is an Iranian rice cake primarily consisting of rice, yogurt, and saffron. Some versions of the dish are more elaborate, folding in chicken, vegetables, fish, or red meat. Tahchin is composed of two different parts: The thin Tahdig part, which includes the chicken fillets, saffron, and other ingredients at the bottom of the cooking pot, and the second part, which is the white rice. Tahchin is mainly prepared and served in restaurants without the white rice part. Tahchin is one of the most suitable dishes for parties because of its beautiful shape and form among Iranian dishes.                                                                                                                     

 Tahchin

Talking about Iranian food can be fascinating, and which Iranian foods are the most popular has always been a contentious topic. There are lots of other Iranian foods like Gheyme stew, Jujeh kebab. Which of the Iranian dishes do you like and which of them was most delicious when you tried it?

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