There ain’t no better moment than today to show my love for Persian food. And as you all know, I’m a real foodie! Next to spending the day with my love, I also enjoyed my favorite (Persian) dish, made by my mom. She’s the best cook and she has some serious masterchef skills. That’s why I wanted to post something about the Persian kitchen and culture, two things that I grew up with.
Characteristic for the Persian kitchen is rice, almost every dish is served with rice. The big quantity of the food is also very typical for Iranians. In our culture eating is not only seen as a primary necessity of life, but also as a social occasion. Hospitality is a great part of the culture. When for example ten Persian people come together to eat, there’s always food for twenty. It occurs frequently that other families, people or neighbours join spontaniously, so there has to be enough food. Better be safe than sorry!
It’s really the opposite of the Dutch culture. When Dutch people make food, they make exactly enough for the number of people. It’s not costumary that other people join dinner. Honestly, Dutch people lack a lot of hospitality in comparison with Persian people. When I was in primary school, I experienced the weirdest and oddest thing ever. I was invited to eat at one of my classmates, when the mother of my classmate seriously weighed the meat, it had to be exactly 80 grams, not 1 gram more. I had never seen something like that, I was really flabbergasted!
It’s time to introduce you to two of my favorite Persian dishes:
Koobideh is a minced meat kebab, the name koobideh refers to the style that the meat is prepared: originally meat was placed on a flat stone (precisely a black flat stone) and was smashed by wooden mallet. It’s really delicous and served with a mix of white rice and saffron rice and a barbecued tomato.
The second one is called ‘tahchin’. It’s a rice cake that includes rice, chicken fillets, yogurt, saffron and egg. My mom made this dish today because she knows that it’s my favorite, so sweet! Coming home to my parents is always being wined and dined. I’m really blessed.
Now you know something about the Persian culture and food. I’m also very curious about your costums, so, where are you from and what’s typical for your culture and/or kitchen?