Persian Fusion over Mediterranean Dishes
While the authentic culinary styles of Persians were influenced by the countries surrounding Iran, Persian cuisines always have a distinctive taste. In fact, any food enthusiasts can distinguish the delicate differences between Persian and Mediterranean cuisines.
Those who are satisfy with their taste can definitely realize that both of them have different taste and feel when one have dined in an authentic restaurant. One hint is they are entirely different cultures. While it can be quite difficult to learn much about Middle Eastern cuisines, distinguishing their differences may require a little knowledge towards it.
Gourmets can affirm that Persians use more saffron-based dishes, while Mediterranean cuisines are more often flavored with mint and coriander. And yes, Persian traditional dishes are predominately herb and vegetable based with a little nit of meat (apart from main meat dishes) while other Middle Eastern cuisines are really mainly on meats.
What Makes Persian Dishes Unique?
Although they borrowed spices, recipes, and styles from India, Persian cuisines do not use of too many hot spices such chili or pepper or do they use much olive oil; which more use of butter than oil – compared to Indian and Arabic, which are hot and a little greasy. Persian food seems use of more saffron-based dishes – which is specially prepared saffron and slowly cooked after boiling. It is most often perfected to have a hard crust at the bottom. Aside from that kind of recipe, Persian cuisine includes dumplings, stew, kebabs, and stuffed vegetables with different sauces and is much healthier option than the rest – if it were to base for the amount of herbs, fruits, and vegetables used.
Not only western cuisines are a fan of sweets, especially pastries. Although Persian dishes are known for its vegetables mixes of sweet and savory – the grains stewed combined with fruit and spices making Persian meals unique. This resulting to a feast of flavors at the same time it creates great texture and visual delight. While Persian food is known for its balanced combination of herbs, seeds, vegetables and fruits wherein it is regarded as ingredient for a good diet capable to strengthening the mind and the body.
But just like the rest of Mediterranean countries, Kabobs are taken very critically in Iran. Seriously the kabob menu alone may be discussed in a few pages and showcase every style and cut of skewerable grill-worthy meat conceivable. But don’t be tempted to think the whole Iran is a kabob-powered when invited to dine in a Persian restaurant.
Another dish to try when you’re in a Persian restaurant is Zereshk Polo. It is literally, sweet and sour currants, served with Basmati rice and grilled tomato .However, quite often served with chunks of chicken breast or served alongside kabob.
Lastly, a Kabob order, which is often served with a healthy plate of rice, grilled tomatoes, raw onion, and flat bread, is often more than enough for two people to share.