My Passion for Persian Food by Salina

My love for Persian food

Mocarani. Delicious or what? Hold on - you probably don’t even know what I’m talking about. Apologies. Let me give you some insight. Mocarani is also known as spaghetti. The taste is like professional Olympians figure skating inside your mouth with yogurt on the side. That’s just one of the hundreds of Persian foods that I like. I’m from Iran so I’ve had Persian food my whole life. I absolutely love it! Every time I come home from school I can already smell the exquisite food my mum is making. Let’s just say that when it comes to Persian food, I’m like a wolf hunting, sniffing out its prey. I adore Persian food!

 

History behind it

Did you know the first ever food to be made in Iran was rose water and vermicelli? Its weird to see how far Iranian recipes have come. The most popular food in Iran would have to be kebab koobideh. Its not a shock to me though; it is delicious! Iran is mixture of  different cuisines from all around the world: Turkey, Greece, Russia and many more. Its never plain with Persian food.

 

Nowruz

I’m sure you’ve heard of Nowruz, right? No? Don’t worry. I’ll tell you a little about it. It varies for different countries, but in Iran, it’s Persian New Year. We celebrate it on the day of the vernal equinox, marking the beginning of spring on the northern hemisphere and eat the traditional dish, which is herbed rice served with fish. Let’s not forget the haft-sin. The haft-sin is an arrangement of seven symbolic items whose names start with the letter "س" pronounced as "seen". The 15th letter in the Persian alphabet, haft is Persian for seven. These seven symbolic items are: sabzeh (sprouting/grass) - the symbol of rebirth and growth, samanu (pudding) - the symbol of power and strength, senjed (russian olive) - the symbol of love, somaq (sumac) - the symbol of sunrise, serkeh (vinegar) - the symbol of patience, seeb (apple) - the symbol of beauty and seer (garlic) - the symbol of health and medicine. Nowruz is more than simply an opportunity to gorge on home cooked Persian food. It’s also a chance to create an intergenerational exchange about Iran’s rich culinary history. Sharing food and cooking traditions on Nowruz is a way of connecting Iranian diasporas across the world. That’s why I love it so much!

 

Why you should try it

Sadly, this blog has come to an end. I hope you’ve found what you were looking for when you pressed on this blog. If you’re bored of the plain old food you’ve been eating and looking to try something new, then I hope you’ve figured out by now that Persian food is the way to go. It just brings joy when you taste it for the first time. Get up right now and go get yourself some Persian food! Trust me, you won’t regret it.