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A Taste of Persian Cuisine

When it comes to food you’ve probably tried Thai, Indian, and Mexican, but in my completely unbiased opinion, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried Persian cuisine. Prepare yourself for huge portions and a ridiculous amount of carbs. You can find a lot of affordable restaurants in Sydney. Here’s a guide to the most delicious meals you can order:

Appetiser

Kuku Sabzi

A favourite amongst everyone I’ve ever taken to a Persian restaurant. A herb based, vegetarian-friendly option which smells like heaven. It’s served with barberries and walnuts.

Main meal

Gheimeh

A Taste of Persian Cuisine

This is a dish served in all Iranian homes.  Often, it’s given out for free during religious holidays (Did you think UNSW was the only place you could score free food?) It’s made with meat, tomatoes, peas and lime, but it’s so much more than the sum of its ingredients. Did I mention it’s served with chips and a big platter of saffron rice?

Ghorme Sabzi

A Taste of Persian Cuisine

Arguably this is Iran’s national dish. There are songs written about this herb-filled stew. Doesn’t that tell you all you need to know?

Zereshk polo

A Taste of Persian Cuisine

This literally translates to Barberry rice. While this is served with deliciously roasted chicken, the saffron rice with barberries is the star of the dish. Not to mention it’s beautiful to look at.

Fesenjan

A Taste of Persian Cuisine

This dish is made in a lot of different ways, ranging from sweet to sour. The main ingredients are always crushed walnuts and pomegranate juice, usually alongside chicken or duck. It is, of course, served with saffron rice. It’s considered one of the most delicious and fanciest Persian dishes, typically served for guests.

Dessert

A Taste of Persian Cuisine

Persian desserts are well deserving of its very own article, so check out this article, not only for a look at Persian desserts, but also their recipes.

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Shima is studying Creative Writing and Psychology. In her professional opinion, It's extremely strange to write about oneself in third person. When she isn't writing stories, she is eating or sleeping, or she is anticipating the time when she can write, eat or sleep.

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