The cuisine of Iran and its diaspora is more aromatic and rich than any I know. It pivots around the flavors of saffron, nigella seeds, cardamom, turmeric, dried raisins, and, my personal favorite, rosewater—in other words, the kinds of ingredients that inspire people to write about food.

Still, Iranian cuisine’s pleasures strike me as too frequently unsung. The food of Iran, its history stretching back centuries and impressing itself on other cuisines across the globe (“Mughal” cuisine, served in so many Indian restaurants, is derivative of Persian cooking), is so much more textured than hearty kebabs and fluffy pilafs.

I suspect that, in the ensuing years, Iranian cuisine’s champions will have to fight even harder to advocate for and preserve its beauty, as its very purpose—along with the culture of Iran, and the value of its history—comes under attack. Here are some of my favorite Iranian dishes we have in our archive.

Yoghurt & Spinach Dip, 'Borani Esfanaaj', in the Persian Manner
Yoghurt & Spinach Dip, ‘Borani Esfanaaj’, in the Persian Manner
by shayma
Nan-e Barbari (Persian Flatbread)
Nan-e Barbari (Persian Flatbread)
by Sara Jenkins
Persian Lamb in Pomegranate Quince sauce
Persian Lamb in Pomegranate Quince sauce
by NakedBeet
Iranian/Persian Fesenjoon (walnut and pomegranate dish) with Rice
Iranian/Persian Fesenjoon (walnut and pomegranate dish) with Rice
by cookingProf
Parvin’s Tamarind-Stuffed Fish
Parvin’s Tamarind-Stuffed Fish
by Louisa Shafia
Rice with Favas and Dill (Baghali Polo)
Rice with Favas and Dill (Baghali Polo)
by Louisa Shafia
Saffron-Infused Rice Pudding (Sholeh Zard), in the Persian Manner
Saffron-Infused Rice Pudding (Sholeh Zard), in the Persian Manner
by shayma
Ajil-e Moshkel Gosha (Problem Solving Nuts)
Ajil-e Moshkel Gosha (Problem Solving Nuts)
by Felicia Campbell

This article originally ran on January 30, 2017, but we’re republishing it today in observance of Norooz.

What’s your favorite Persian dish? Let us know in the comments.

from Food52
https://food52.com/blog/18940-16-dishes-that-reveal-the-pleasures-of-persian-food

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