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Five Must-Try Persian Dishes

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Those who have tried Persian cuisine, pay homage to the altar of this refined and ancient cuisine (yes, I’m a little biased!). However, for those who haven’t tried it or may only know a dish or two, then this list is for you.

To summarize Persian food:

It is sophisticated but not complicated

It is wholesome without being virtuous

It is ancient and it is restorative.

Most Iranian restaurants have limited menus and ‘khoresh’ (stews), however here are 5 must-try Persian dishes – if you can find somewhere that makes them or want to give them a try at home, they are a must.

1 Khoresh Karafs

This herbaceous celery and meat stew is a heady combination of flavours, cooked until the celery has just a bit of a bite. make it at home or watch out for Banu offering it as a special. I would even send them a DM to see if they can make it on special order for you. It is truly outstanding.

2 Khoresh Gheymeh

The simplest of ingredients; rice and lentils, combined in a based sauce with beef and then topped with string potatoes.  Wholesome, down to earth, and executed exceptionally by Homa.

3 Khoresh Mast

A famous Esfahani dish normally prepared as a dessert; however, when prepared as a savoury version this yoghurt, chicken and saffron stew is comforting and for those of us who love Greek yoghurt a perfect dish to enjoy with a bowl of steaming basmati rice. 

4 Zereshk Polo ba Morgh

Juicy saffron marinated chicken, pillowy basmati rice and sour barberries. I haven’t found a go to spot for this yet here, have you?

5 Khoresh Fesenjan

This is a sophisticated combination of walnuts and pomegranate molasses blended to create a rich and heavy stew. A Northern Iranian dish, traditionally made with duck, it is now mainly made with chicken. Try Najmieh Batmangalij's recipe here, it isn't as difficult as it sounds!

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Do you have any Persian dishes you think are a must-try?

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