Not only is Persian food some of the oldest in the world, but it is also mouth-wateringly delicious. Filled with intense flavor, beautiful colors, and interesting textures, Persian dishes are certain to excite any palate. From succulent stews to aromatic rice dishes, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Iranian cuisine. Here are five of the most popular Persian dishes for you to try:

1. Ghormeh Sabzi (Green herb stew)

This Traditional Persian herb stew is known for its savory, sweet, and sour taste. Seared beef or lamb is combined with sautéed fresh herbs, kidney beans, and tangy dried limes before being slowly cooked to perfection. This succulent stew is the perfect mealtime comfort food, and it tastes even better as leftovers the next day. While it does take over an hour to cook, this dish is easy to prepare and definitely worth the wait. Serve it steaming hot over a bed of basmati rice for a hearty and filling meal.

Ghormeh Sabzi with saffron rice

2. Gheymeh Stew (Beef and Split Pea Stew)

Gheymeh, a succulent beef, and split pea stew, has been served in Persia for centuries and continues to be enjoyed by people all over the world. The meat is usually sautéed with onions and tomatoes before being simmered with split peas, dried beans, or lentils. Flavorful seasonings such as turmeric, cinnamon, and pepper are often added.

gheimeh stew

3. Koobideh Kabob (Ground beef kabob)

A kabob is a popular dish made of ground lamb or beef mixed with onions and spices. Some common spices used in kabobs include cumin, paprika, and coriander. Once the meat is flavored with these spices, it is formed into small balls or patties and then grilled over hot coals. Kabobs are often served in fancy restaurants or outdoor food shacks. If you’re walking around and catch a whiff of something delicious, chances are it’s coming from a kabob stand!


4. Baghali Polo (dill rice with fava beans)

This rice dish is a favorite among Persians and can be served as a side to roasted beef, lamb, chicken, or seafood. The ingredient list for this recipe is special because it calls for fresh dill, fluffy fava beans, and aromatic basmati rice. You could also add layers of crispy potatoes if you wanted the extra flavor to the dish. You’ll love this simple, yet full-flavored rice dish that’s perfect if you’re looking to add more protein to your diet.

5. Zereshk Polo (barberry Rice) with chicken kebob

This Persian dish is made with rice and barberries and is often served with chicken kebob. The two most important ingredients in this dish are barberries and saffron. Barberries add a sweet and sour taste to the food, while saffron gives it a pleasant flavor and beautiful color. Together, the sweet and tart barberries provide a delicious contrast to the savory rice and chicken. The next time you’re in the mood for a delicious and healthy rice dish, give Zereshk polo a try.
zereshk polo with chicken