Ditch the water and start your meal off with a classic Iranian beverage. Mint, yogurt, and club soda all in one refreshing drink.
2. Ash Reshte
You don’t know soup ‘til you’ve tried it Persian style. Fried onions, noodles, beans, and a milky topping of kashk.
3. Salad Olivieh
Chicken, eggs, potatoes, and pickles mixed with mayo for a Persian version of potato salad.
Grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice for a sweet and savory appetizer.
5. Mast o Khiar
Change out the spinach and artichoke dip for a Persian spinach and yogurt dip. Yogurt, cucumber, and spinach combined in the ultimate dip.
6. Kashke Bademjan
At an Iranian meal, you don’t look for the bread and butter. You look for the bread and eggplant. With fried onions, eggplant, and herbs, this creamy spread beats butter any day.
Rice fried to a golden perfection, this is often served not only as part of an entree, but as an appetizer itself.
8. Adas Polo
No Persian meal is complete without rice, or “polo”. Raisins, lentil, and rice, topped with tadig to add that extra crunch.
9. Chelo Kabab
This is the most popular dish in every Persian restaurant. Beef kabob, roasted tomatoes, and rice — simple and delicious.
10. Zereshk Polo
If you’re a “dessert before dinner” kind of person, you’ll love this dish. A sweet mix of rose water, barberries, and rice, with savory chicken to balance everything out.
11. Albaloo Polo
Sweet not your thing? This dish packs a punch with its sour cherries, pistachios, and cherry juice-soaked rice.
This chicken stew has a unique flavor, with pomegranate syrup, chicken, and walnuts poured over and eaten with rice.
13. Ghormeh Sabzi
The ultimate Persian comfort food. A beef stew with kidney beans, turmeric, a mix of herbs, and a serving of rice.
Kotlet, cutlet — see what Iranians did there? This is basically an American beef cutlet with a Persian twist, adding potatoes and turmeric in the mix, and serving it in a lavosh bread sandwich with pickles and tomatoes.
15. Zoolbia and Bamieh
The two most commonly paired and widely popular Persian desserts! Rosewater flavored, flour based, and deliciously sweet.
A flaky pastry with a sweet walnut and vanilla filling. Great for an afternoon treat.
A different kind of candy than lollipops, this chewy mixture of rose water, pistachios, and a special plant’s sap is a candy traditionally served with tea.
18. Shole Zard
Almonds, pistachios, saffron, rosewater, and cinnamon — not what you normally expect in rice pudding. But you can’t have Persian rice pudding without a few extra ingredients!
19. Saffron Ice Cream
Iranians give a whole new meaning to the term “ice cream sandwich”. Taking saffron to a new level, this common dessert is a creamy, custard-based saffron ice cream. Served between thin wafers and sprinkled with pistachios, it’s the perfect ice cream treat.