17. Gastronomy Tourist
Do you call yourself a food lover? You are a gastronomy tourist. No matter you are a meat lover or seafood fan, you can get the best of them in Iran.
Rice, meat, vegetables, nuts, and herbs are Iranian main dishes combinations. Saffron, dried lime and other sources of sour flavoring, cinnamon, turmeric, and parsley are used in Iranian dishes.
Kebab, Khoresht (Stew), Polow, are some of the main courses of Iranian food.
You can go south to taste new kinds of spicy and fried food. None of them? Are you a meat-lover? Go west and eat the best of meat dishes there. If you are into seafood you will love those incredible foods in Coastal areas of Iran north and south!
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If you are a vegetarian and have a plan to visit Iran, don’t worry at all.
However, going out to eat can be tough in Iran for vegans as veganism but there are some vegan restaurants in Tehran, the capital, and at other major cities.
Although, you could find so many traditional foods that are vegetarian. As Iranian cousin has a wide range of variety, it can cope with everyone’s taste and desire.
First of all, there are so many foods made of eggplant. Kashke bademjan, a popular meal made all over the country and made of eggplant, whey, fried mint, and onion.
Mirza Ghasemi, an especial food originally for the north of Iran but cooked everywhere in the country. It is made of eggplant, tomato, garlic, and egg.
Another category is kuokuo, an Iranian egg based fast food. It is made of potato, flour, and egg. It can also contain fresh vegetables instead of potato. Falafel is another Iranian fast food originally for the south of Iran which is popular and you can find it in every corner of the streets. Samboose from the south, made of potato, herbs, onions, and spices. If you like spicy foods, then you’d better buy some from vendors in the south.
The other popular recipe is especial soup called Aash. It literally has everything on it! Different beans, vegetables, noodles, and whey. Each city has exclusive Aash which is worth to try.
In the soup category, there are also some traditional foods like Eshkeneh and Kale joosh. You may find them in some lodges in small cities.
The last category is for Plow. Plow means rice and is considered anything with rice. It can be Adas polow, which is lentil rice; loobia polow, beans with rice or even Shirin polow, sweet rice with pistachio, almond, cinnamon, and sugar.
If you visit Iran, don’t miss these delicious foods and If you couldn’t find any of them, just ask your host or the restaurants to easily cut the meats out. As Iranians are known as their hospitality around the world, they won’t let you get disappointed.
Khalvat guesthouse, a 100-year-old mansion is the first and only accommodation in Iran which is vegan friendly, and it is located in Isfahan.