Cuisine

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Iranian Cuisine or Persian Cuisine (Persian: آشپزی ایرانی‎‎) is the traditional and modern style of cooking in Iran (formerly known as Persia).

Situated in the Middle East and West Asia with a diverse population, the Iranian culinary style is unique to Iran, though has historically both influenced and has been influenced by Iran’s neighboring and conquered regions at various stages throughout its history. Specifically, these have been mutual culinary influences to and from Turkish cuisine, Azerbaijani cuisine, Kurdish cuisine,Caucasian cuisine, Mesopotamian cuisine, Levantine cuisine, Greek cuisine, Central Asian cuisine, and minor aspects from Russian cuisine.

Turkish cuisine, Azerbaijani cuisine and Iranian cuisine on the other hand have heavy mutual influence on each other, due to geographical proximity, ethnic relations (f.e Azerbaijanis are the second largest ethnicity in Iran) many common cultural aspects, shared empires, and conquerings by such as the Achaemenids, Sassanians, Seljuks, Safavids, Afsharids, Ottomans and Qajars.

Fresh green herbs are frequently used along with fruits such as plums, pomegranate, quince, prunes, apricots, and raisins. Typical Persian main dishes are combinations of rice with meat, such as lamb, chicken, or fish, and vegetables such as onions, various herbs, and nuts. To achieve a balanced taste, characteristic Persian flavorings such as saffron, dried lime, cinnamon, and parsley are mixed delicately and used in some special dishes.

Cooking Persian dish Takes time but totally worth the wait .

Drinks

Water 

Although tap water is drinkable in most cities, but it is advisable to use bottled water which is available in restaurants and super-markets.

 Soft Drinks

Carbonated drinks like Colas, Orange an lemon drinks are available in different international and domestic brands. Fruit juices are also sold in fresh or packed format. There is a Malta beverage which is called Ma-o-shaeer which is usually referred as alcohol free beer or Islamic beer!

 Traditional Drinks

 Yogurt drink which is available in plain and carbonated forms.
There are also some other traditional drinks generally called “Sharbat” which are made by herb-waters like rose-water which are really refreshing in hot summers.

Traditional drinks :

Doogh :

Photo: Dough

Cucumber Drink With Vinegar Mint Syrup(Khiar sekanjebin) :

This is a refreshing and thirst quenching drink, perfect for hot summer days!. It cools you down from the inside out!

The sweet-and-sour vinegar mint syrup made with vinegar, honey and fresh mint is mixed with water and grated cucumber, and served ice-cold. The old-timers swore that this drink made the humidity more tolerable.

PHOTO: Cucumber Drink With Vinegar Mint Syrup