Food is one of the most important parts of a tour program. Iranian food and restaurants are an interesting and charming part of Iranian tours. Food is very respectable in Iran, and the tablecloth (where you sit to eat) is very worthwhile. In Iranian culture, food is the blessing of the Lord and its disrespect is disrespect to God. That's why the Iranians believe "The guest is sent by God" thus the best food should be made for him. If you are a tourist or gastronomer the food and secret recipes are the most important part of your journey. Would you like to discover this country and its culture through its delicious dishes? This part of tourism not only helps the food tourism's activators but also eager the tourists to discover the secret layers of cultures and sub-cultures. It does not matter, if you are a Kebab lover, Vegetarian, or even a Megan. Iran food tourism offers you a variety of different dishes to enjoy Persian cuisine. While you are in Iran, cities and provinces can surprise you with various delicious dishes.
From traditional stews to succulent kebabs and comforting soups, every region has something to offer. The variation in ingredients and dishes is partly due to the various climates that exist across the country. The grandmoms and professional chefs use the best ingredients to get the best taste and result. Persian dishes are often a combination of Halal ingredients like rice, bread, meat, beans, nuts, fruits, cheese, and yogurt which are accepted by all tourists. They are flavored with fresh local vegetables, high-quality spices, colorful aromatic flowers, and pure Iranian saffron.
Different regions of Iran have a wide range of different types of food according to their geographical, cultural, and social location (some are common among other ethnic groups).
But each of Iran's cities has a special food that they are famous for.
Why Do You Fall in Love of Tabriz, So Fast and So Easily?
Tabriz is the most important tourist destination in the west of Iran. This historical city was the first capital of the Safavid dynasty with dozens of historical monuments, cultural buildings, unique natural landscapes, and various cultural events alongside the best delicious dishes can be an amazing destination for you. Tabrizi Kufteh or Koofte Tabrizi is the most famous food in Tabriz. The magic and Perpetual taste of this food will remain with you forever. As its name reveals, this Iranian dish comes from Tabriz, the capital of East Azerbaijan, in northwestern Iran. Koofteh Tabrizi is a superb meatball made with meat, rice, beans, and local fresh vegetables which is stuffed with dried fruits, berries, and a variety of nuts. There are other exciting fillings for this very traditional Azeri dish that is worth mentioning. A ubiquitous product is a hard, peeled egg, placed in the Koofteh with nuts and dried fruits.
If you are a gastronomer and love kebab, this delicious Iranian famous food would be your best choice that will make your dream come true. A very delicious kebab made from mutton grown in the green natural plains, and Chaharmahal Bakhtiari offers one the best ones. The green plains of this province produce the best livestock products with fresh weather. The special method of cooking this lovely barbecue kebab is the secret of its preparation in this province. Therefore, if you are a kebab lover, on a trip to Isfahan province and visit the most beautiful historical and cultural monuments, the Chahar Mahal Bakhtiari province with a collection of the most beautiful natural effects, original Iranian Nomad tribs and the best rivers of Iran for rafting would be a great destination for nature-lovers and kebab lovers.
Shiraz is the most attractive tourist city in the south of Iran and has various reasons to attract and surprise you.
- The Ancient City of Love, and great poets like Hafez & Saadi.
- Famous historical red wine.
- The capital of Fars province.
- The City of Roses and Poets.
- The city of poetry and nightingales
- It is a neighbor to ancient heritages of the Achaemenid and Sassanid empires.
- Shiraz has wonderful attractions from the pre-Islamic & Islamic eras up to the Pahlavi dynasty.
- Shiraz is a city of hospitable and warmhearted people!
But if you are a food lover and like to discover the best dishes, this one can nail you in Shiraz.
Kalam Polo Shirazi, the Magic of Shiraz
The most famous traditional dish in Shiraz that will surprise you consists of kohlrabi (or cabbage). This magical food is flavored with different spices herbs, and flavors, and finally would be decorated with small meatballs on the plate. Finally, a red tomato or pomegranate sauce can accompany and colorful the meatballs.
A mix of Fish in tamarind and herb sauce shows the role of Indian and Eastern spices role in Iranian cuisine. Southern Iranian cooking with a creative and intelligent combination of oriental spices (tamarind), sweet Iranian dates, local vegetables, and southern fish provides a rich, bold taste and a different style of cooking. Gheliye Mahi is one of the most famous and popular foods of southern provinces of Iran which is prepared all over the country because of its fame. This delicious food is prepared from a combination of vegetables and fish. Ghalieh Mahi as the representation of the region’s dishes is not only a kind of spicy stew but also shows the role of fish in Southern Iranian cuisine. You can serve it with rice or bread, be sure both ways the smell of local vegetables and the taste of the Persian Gulf's fishes will enchant you deeply.
If you have selected Yazd as a great destination to discover Iran's culture, the ancient architecture of Iran(Qanat & Bagir or windcatcher), and the Peaceful life of religions(Muslims, Zoroastrians, Jews) with each other, Yazd's sweets & dishes can complete your journey. Yazd is known as the city of sweets and cakes. Certainly, Yazdi Khoresht Beh Aloo ( Quince and Plum Stew )with a special taste (sweet and sour) that is cooked slowly would be an unforgettable taste of a trip to Yazd and will remind you of family dinners on cold days of autumn and winter.
If you are going to kill two birds with one stone, the Rasht city is the best one. You will not only visit the capital of Iran's cuisine but also the 4 Million-year-old Hyrcanian forest with the best natural views(Caspian Sea, Mineral hot waters, Beach, Mountains, and historical monuments) surprise you. This Vegetarian and Végan local dish is deeply linked to the nature of Guilan Province. This dish, which is the Gilani cooking signature, will enchant you step by step with the magical and aromatic smells of Gilani's nature. A fast and healthy food made with Lima Beans, Dill, Eggs, and Garlic, and can convince you to cook it for different occasions as well.
A fragrant and tasty stew with magic ingredients that will enchant you with its fantastic smell and heavenly taste. You are lucky if you have the chance to try traditional Khoresht Khalal in the west of Iran. You will not only visit the most beautiful and eye-catching historical monuments but also discover their culture with local dishes. A combination of Persian Saffron, Red, and black Berberis, and silvered almonds alongside fragrant spices like Persian Golab(Rosewater)& black pepper are a colorful design on the Persian rice.
Never hesitate a second and test this stew as soon as you can.
If you are a religious tourist and love to refine your soul by visiting the religious shrines the holy city of Mashhad with the most famous Muslim holy Shrine(Imam Reza the 8th Shiite Imam), Mosque(Goharshad), and other historical monuments, is the best choice. Also, Mashhad dishes like kebab, stew, and desserts can complete your journey.
The Shole Mashhadi is a popular local food in the holy city of Mashhad. This high-energy dish is a type of stew made with Beef or Lamb Meat, Red Beans, White Beans, Mung Bean, Lentils, Wheat Bulgur, Rice, Red Pepper, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Ginger, Cinnamon, Indian Nutmeg.
Qazvin as the second Safavid capital(After Tabriz) with the best historical monuments(especially Safavid era), best sweets, and most delicious dishes would be an ideal destination for your trip to Iran. You will fall in love with Qazvin dishes. The most popular Qazvin dishes for official events, happiness parties, and wedding parties, with a seductive look. It is cooked with the best fragrant Iranian rice, and decorated with saffron, barberry, almond slices, pistachio slices, orange slices, turmeric, and cardamom, like a painting canvas.
While you are visiting the most famous and beautiful Elamit & Achaemenid monuments(Choghazanbil and Apadana Darius Palace) in the south of Iran and Khozestan Province, a portion of delicious, cheap, and nutritious fast food would be the best snack or lunch. This imported food from India, which has been transformed with Iranian spices and recipes, is one of the most popular snacks and street foods in the south of Iran and all over Iran. But the original version is available just in Khuzestan.
Samboseh or Samosa
Samboseh or Samosa is one of the most attractive fast foods that probably no one can ignore. This yummy fast food is a combination of local vegetables & meat, chicken, spinach, and potato. Complete your journey with Samosa.
The masterpiece of Iranian taste in your dish
Iranian cuisine is a poetic balance of various vegetables, herbal spices, colorful Iranian Saffron, and Halal meats that are cooked slowly and decorated with the best Persian nuts like a painting canvas that surprises all food lovers. Subtle flavors such as dried limes, saffron, and orange blossoms Slow-cooked stews known as Khoresht, and elaborate rice dishes layered with herbs, vegetables, legumes, meat, nuts, and fruit are the bedrocks of Persian cuisine, creating a dazzling mosaic of scents, textures, and colors at the dining Sofreh. There are innumerable different types of Khoresht, with regional and seasonal specialties, but each will be sure to have a sour and sweet balance.
Kebab is the king of Iranian picnic.
You will find succulent cuts of meat or fish, often marinated with yogurt and spices, threaded onto skewers, and barbecued over hot coals. Kebabs are served sprinkled with sumac (a tart red spice made from the dried berries of the sumac bush) and are either piled high on white rice or tucked into large flatbreads and are always accompanied by some grilled tomatoes, fresh herbs, and crunchy pickles. Iranian cuisine has a special dish for every moment and occasion. Enjoy the delicious taste of authentic Iranian foods, desserts, and drinks on your Iran tours. Certainly, these flavors will remain in your mind for a long time.