Around the world: Persian

Around the world: Persian

Persia was once an ancient kingdom that existed within Iran, which is why Persian cuisine exists. But really the modern name to Persian cuisine is Iranian cuisine; the two can be used interchangeably. Given the geographic location of Iran, its food is influenced by cuisines of neighbouring countries including Afghan, Turkish, Greek, and even bits of Russian. Typical Persian meals are frequently accompanied with scatters of fresh herbs and fruits such as plums, pomegranate, prunes, raisins, and apricots. The Persians are also fond of using spices including saffron and cinnamon, as well as a variety of nuts.

What to order?

Ghormeh Sabazi: Often said to be the Iranian national dish, this is a lamb stew cooked with red kidney beans, herbs, and dried lime.
Mast-o-khiar: Yoghurt often accompanies a main meal in Persia. This one is natural yoghurt mixed with cucumber and mint.
Jujeh kabab/Joojeh kabob: Chicken marinated in lemon and onion before being barbecued. It’s often served with some pilaf rice, otherwise referred to as polo.
Shirazi salad: A simple salad made up of diced cucumber, tomato, and onion, and dressed with lime, pepper and mint.

Where to eat?

Darband Persian Restaurant
9/45 Rawson Street
Auburn, Sydney
darband.com.au

Persian Room
26 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont, Sydney
thepersianroom.com.au

Vatan Restaurant
65 Auburn Road
Auburn, Sydney

Linda’s Lounge
56 Ware Street
Fairfield, Sydney

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