20 Persian Foods To Blow Your Taste Buds Away

For those who haven’t experienced the amazing flavors of Iran, you’ve been missing out. And no, hummus is not Persian food.

1. Doogh

Ditch the water and start your meal off with a classic Iranian beverage. Mint, yogurt, and club soda all in one refreshing drink.

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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.

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3. Salad Olivieh

Chicken, eggs, potatoes, and pickles mixed with mayo for a Persian version of potato salad.

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4. Dolmeh

Grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice for a sweet and savory appetizer.

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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.

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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.

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7. Tadig

Rice fried to a golden perfection, this is often served not only as part of an entree, but as an appetizer itself.

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8. Adas Polo

No Persian meal is complete without rice, or “polo”. Raisins, lentil, and rice, topped with tadig to add that extra crunch.

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9. Chelo Kabab

This is the most popular dish in every Persian restaurant. Beef kabob, roasted tomatoes, and rice — simple and delicious.

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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.

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11. Albaloo Polo

Sweet not your thing? This dish packs a punch with its sour cherries, pistachios, and cherry juice-soaked rice.

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12. Fesenjan

This chicken stew has a unique flavor, with pomegranate syrup, chicken, and walnuts poured over and eaten with rice.

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13. Ghormeh Sabzi

The ultimate Persian comfort food. A beef stew with kidney beans, turmeric, a mix of herbs, and a serving of rice.

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14. Kotlet

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.

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15. Zoolbia and Bamieh

The two most commonly paired and widely popular Persian desserts! Rosewater flavored, flour based, and deliciously sweet.

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16. Nazook

A flaky pastry with a sweet walnut and vanilla filling. Great for an afternoon treat.

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17. Gaz

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.

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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!

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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.

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20. Chai

No Persian meal is complete without Iran’s golden tea and a few sugar cubes.

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