Although, international and fast foods are available everywhere in Iran, but Persian food must not be missed, since it's an un-avoidable travel leisure.
It's a false understanding that Persian food is summarized only in Kebabs, but unfortunately most today restaurants just offer Kebabs as these are usually prepared easier for them. However there is much variety in Persian food which is now known as house food in Iran, although a growing number of restaurants are completing their menus with Persian foods. We have tried to propose some Persian foods here :
There are different stews cooked in Iran which are served with rice (or Polo). They are brought on the table in separate dishes and are usually eaten mixed. Here we propose some delicious stews :
Khoresht-e-Bademjan : Containing Egg-plants & pieces of lamb
Khoresht-e-Fesenjoon : Containing cooked chicken, volnuts and pamugranite paste
Khoresht-e-Gheimeh : Containing split pea, pieces of lamb, dried lemon and french fries
Khoresht-e-Ghorme-Sabzi : Containing a mixture of herbs, pieces of lamb, red beans and dried lemon
Polow (Rice) : Rice is served in different forms, some of them introduced below :
Polow : This is plain rice which is usually decorated with some saffron which gives it a nice yellow color on top.
Baghali Polow : This is rice cooked together with dill and lima beans. It is both served with chicken or lamb.
Zereshk Polow : Rice with sour/sweet seeds (rose berries) usually served with chicken and sometime contains pistachio and almond crisps.
Kebabs can be ordered alone or with rice. Rice and Kebab together are called Cholo-Kebab. Some kebabs are introduced here :
Kebab Barg : Grilled lamb fillet.
Kebab Koobideh : Grilled minced lamb.
Kebab Soltani : One Kebab Barg plus one Kebab Koobideh
Joojeh Kabab : Grilled Chiken : Ba-ostekhan (With bone) / Bi-ostekhan (bone-less)
Kebab Bakhtiari : Grilled Mixture of lamb and chicken
Shishlik : Grilled relatively big Pieces of lamb (a special part of sheep's body); best quality can be found in Shandiz near Mashad
Mahi Kebab : Grilled fish (usually troat)
Vegeterian Foods :
The following foods can be ordered by vegeterians :
Kookoo Sabzi : vegetable cookies
Falafel : Spiced
Kashk-e-Bademjan : Smashed egg-plants with Kashk (a diary product)
Water : Although tap water is drinkable in most cities, but it is advisable to use bottled water which is available in restaurants and super-markets.
Soft Drinks : Carbonated drinks like Colas, Orange an lemon drinks are available in different international and domestic brands. Fruit juices are also sold in fresh or packed format. There is a malta beverage which is called Ma-o-shaeer which is usually refered as aclohol free beer or Islamic beer!
Doogh : Yogurt drink which is available in plain and carbonated forms. (called Ayran in Turkey)
There are also some other traditional drinks generally called "Sharbat" which are made by herb-waters like rose-water which are really refreshing in hot summers.