A journey through Iranian cuisine

Iranian cuisine‘s reputation goes before itself. Today, we go on a journey through Iranian cuisine. Here we go city by city and talk about the best of Persian food, and also, introduce you the best places that you could taste all Persian foods and. Follow this mouthwatering article to learn more about Iranian cuisine:

Travel to Tehran, limitless access to every Persian food

In the Capital Tehran, nothing is unreachable. But probably because you (as most of the tourist) are going to start your travel from here, we recommend you to try the most common Persian food or Iranian food, here.


Kebab: Kebab is the most favorite Iranian food that is barbequed flavored red meat which can have different tastes depending on how it is prepared. Most common ones are “Kubideh” which is minced and “Chenge” which is only sliced and a bit stiff.
Needless to say, they are always served with either bread or rice depending on your order.

The best place to try this kind of Classic meal is Nayeb restaurant in the Grand Bazaar. To get there you have to use Line 1 of Tehran metro and take “15-khordad” stop.

Khorosht: Khorosht is another Iranian food that is a watery stew served with rice or “Cholo” as we call it in Farsi. It can be a mixture of meat, tomato and sometimes eggplant which is called “Qeimeh”, or it can be green with vegetables and peas which is called “Qormeh”.

We recommend you to try these at Hotel Qanari Restaurant. To get there, take Line 1 of Tehran subway and take Taleghani stop.

Kale Pache:  the famous stew of head and hoofs of the sheep tastes much better than it looks. It is usually eaten as a breakfast. You can ask for the eyes, brain, tongue and every other part of it depending on your taste.

Rip and slice your bread into little pieces and add it to your soup. This is called “Telit”. Just be careful about your blood fat! You’ve got lots more traveling and Persian food exploring to do! To try this Iranian food, you can go to every “Kale Pazi” shop around the town.

Shiraz City, the heart of ancient Iranian cuisine

Shiraz is the ancient capital and the heart of the Persian Empire and Iranian cuisine:

Shirazi Salad

Salad Shirazi: This salad is served alongside with most of the meals in Shiraz, especially “Dampokht” and “Albaloo polo”. Mixed with sour orange extract and basil it is one of the most commonly used mixes of salad in Iranian cuisine. Haft Khan Restaurant is recommended by for this Salad.


Kufte Holoo: This stew of meatballs is called Peach stew, but don’t get it wrong there’s no peach in it! The reason for the name is only the size of the meatballs.  Suggests you get this delicious meal at Qavam Restaurant.

Kalam polo: An Iranian food which is always accompanied by Shirazi Salad and yogurt. The main ingredients are cabbage, onions and of course rice. Don’t miss the delicious Tahdig. You can stop by at Shiraz by taking the Ancient Persian plan.

Bandar Abbas, where Persian food meets other cultures


Regag: Regag or Tomoshi is thin cornmeal bread. It is usually eaten with a mixture of cheese, egg and of course, Mahyave (local bread). This originally Portuguese recipe is a salty sauce made from fragmented fish. You can try this at every cart shop around the corner in Bandar Abbas.

QaliyehThis is another vegetable Iranian food that is a stew like Qormeh stew in Tehran city, but way different than that one. It’s seafood with shrimps or fish, spiced up with pepper and local spices. It’s a symphony of flavors and smells; usually served with rice or bread. Our recommendation is you try this meal at Fanoos restaurant.

Mahi Kebab: As we said, Bandar Abbas is boasting with seafood; so even the classic foods of Iranian cuisine such as Kebab is affected by it. This barbequed fish which is usually flavored with herbs and spices is a luxurious meal. But it is commonly eaten not with spoon and fork, but with your bare hands! So roll up your sleeves and get ready to go Indian style! We recommend you to try this meal at Badgiran Restaurant.

Rasht, Capital of Iranian cuisine 

Welcome to the capital of Iranian cuisine and Iranian food: Baghale Qatogh: This Iranian food usually served


along with rice and smoked fish. This green stew is prepared fast -unlike most of the Iranian cuisine recipes- and is an appropriate choice for vegetarians (excluding the fish of course). Try this original Persian food at Bineh Restaurant.

Ash: one of the most original Persian foods ever is the soup called Ash. This soup tastes different from city to city, but here in Rasht some of the best types of it, especially “Dough” and “Joe” Ash are available. This healthy and green soup mostly consists of beans, peas and is dressed with onions and garlic. You can try it at every city and especially in Rasht at Ash stores or “Ash foroshi”.


Fesenjoon: if you like sour food and if you like nuts, this is the best choice for you. Another stew which is served along with rice is a mixture of pomegranate extract and crushed walnuts. People have a hard time stopping themselves at the dinner table when it is served! We recommend you to try it at Afshar or Razaghi restaurant. You can stop by at Rasht by taking the Caspian Quest and Caspian Coastline trip plan.

 Tabriz, Persian food in Turkish style

Tabriz is the capital of Islamic tourism in 2018, and the skills of its chefs and backers are famous all around the country.


Kufteh Tabrizi: A giant ball of rice and minced meat and herbs, floating in tomato paste sauce and stuffed with egg or plum. A single one of them can fill a hungry stomach to the fullest. So be careful when ordering it! We recommend you to try this Persian food at Kufteh Aba restaurant.



Dolma: One of the tricks of Iranian cuisine is to change one or two of the ingredients and make a totally new dish. The same ingredients as Kufteh, wrapped in grape leaves. It is most common after the summer harvest. Dolma is kind of mediterranean cuisine.

Dizi: the most ancient recipe in Iranian cuisine is Dizi. It consists of two parts: the soup which is served in a bowl for you to Telit your bread in it, and the rest of the ingredients such as meat, peas, and beans which are crushed and mixed. Dough, Sabzi and onions or pickle are essential to its serving. You can get this original Persian food at Mohammadi restaurant.

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