Top Essential Iranian Dishes in Tehran restaurants


Top Essential Iranian Dishes in Tehran restaurants

In the following, you can find top essential iranian dishes in famous restaurants in Tehran. you can click on names of the restaurant to know the locations.

1- Tahchin(Crunchy Fried Rice)

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persian cuisine in tehran walking tours

Translating to “arranged at the bottom”, this traditional Persian dish features crisp saffron-infused rice layered with chicken, yoghurt and tangy barberries (zereshk).

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2- Fesenjoon  (Pomegranate Walnut Stew)

Fesenjoon, Persian cuisines, Fesenjoon in tehran walking tours

The chicken is drenched in pomegranate molasses and cooked with a copious amount of ground walnuts, which results in a gravy that is sweet, tart and thick with flavor.

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3- Ghormeh Sabzi (Green Herb Stew)

Ghormesabzi, persian cuisines in tehran walking tours

Ghormeh sabzi is a Persian herb stew. It is a popular dish in current day Iran, served when family members return home after being away.

Ghormeh means stewed and sabzi literally means greens, which is herbs in English. The main ingredients are a variety of sauteed herbs, mainly spinach, parsley, spring onions, fresh coriander; seasoned with the key herb, dried fenugreek leaves (called shambalileh in Persian), which gives it the peculiar flavour.

They are cooked with beans (red kidney beans, rose cocoa beans, haricot beans, etc) onions and most importantly pierced dried ‘limu-omani’ (Persian sundried limes). I prepare my version as follows and it serves four hungry punters quite easily:

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4- Gheime Polo

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Khoresh Gheymeh (gheimeh), also called Gheymeh Polo (polo means rice) is a Beef and Split Pea Stew which is a very traditional and popular Iranian stew with saffron potatoes that is served over either white rice or Aromatic Rice. The Aromatic Rice is a version of steamed white rice where Persian Rice Spice blend is sprinkled on the rice before steaming it.

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5- Kebab (Lamb, Chicken, Lamb Liver, Ground Meat)

Koobideh Kebab, persian cuisine, tehran walking tours

Kebabs have more variety than you might think. First, there’s koobideh, ground meat seasoned with minced onion, salt and pepper. It sounds simple, but the taste is sublime. There is kebab-e barg, thinly sliced lamb or beef, flavored with lemon juice and onion and basted with saffron and butter. Chicken kebab, known as joojeh, is traditionally made from a whole chicken, bones and all, for more flavor, marinated in lemon and onion, and basted with saffron and butter. If you’re lucky, you’ll find jigar, lamb liver kebab, garnished with fresh basil leaves and a wedge of lemon.

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6- Abgoosht/ Dizi (Lamb Chickpea Soup)

dizi or abgoosht, persian cuisine, tehran walking tours

Abgoosht is one of the most traditional Iranian foods. It is also called Dizi, which refers to the traditional stone crock pots it is served in. Hundreds of years ago Abgoosht was made with lamb and chickpeas. However, later on when new foods such as potatoes and tomatoes were introduced to Iranian Cuisine, the recipe had some changes.

Serving Abgoosht has a special custom. First the broth is poured in a bowl and served with small pieces of bread soaked in it. Then the remaining ingredients such as potatoes, beans, chickpeas and lamb are mashed up to a mashed-potato type consistency and served separately alongside with the broth.

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