In the last decade, we have witnessed an explosion of scientific knowledge that has made more information available to humanity than in all previously recorded history. Due to the dedicated research of scientists and doctors, we now understand more than ever before about our physical body and what measures promote good health. As more evidence is coming to light about the beneficial effects of maintaining a vegetarian diet, the number of vegetarians around the world is steadily on the rise.
You Are What You Eat
There is an expression, “You are what you eat.” In countries of the East where vegetarianism has been the diet for thousands of years, people recognize that whatever they eat forms a part of their body and also influences their thoughts. They believe that if they eat the flesh of an animal that the mental and emotional vibrations or characteristics of the animal will form a part of their own nature. Today, science is researching the effect that our own stress hormones have on our body and the damage that long-term stress does to our organs. Those who eat meat are ingesting not only the flesh but all the hormones of stress that are released due to the animal’s fear as well. Thus, many people prefer to live on plant foods, which are more conducive to mental equipoise.
Here are some of the best vegetarian options n Iran and you can find them in restaurants or make them yourself easily at home:
1. Kashk e Bademjan, one of the most important dishes in Iran and it’s eggplant based.
Eggplant, onion, dried mint, spices and Kashk ( it’s a range of products used in cuisines of Iranian.
It’s made of drained yogurt or drained sour milk by forming it and let it dry)
2. Mirza Ghasemi, it’s or fully from the north of Iran but you will find it in other parts of Iran as well.
Eggplant, garlic, tomato, egg
3. KuKu Sabzi, it’s in a category of omelets but it has a special recipe in Iran and we make it with different materials
Herbs(parsley, dill, coriander, leek), garlic, egg, barberry, walnut.
4. Ash Reshteh, it’s a kind of thick soup and we have different kinds of Ash around Iran,(more than 70 types) the most famous one is Ash Reshteh made of Kashk, chickpea, bean, lentil, herbs, special Persian noodles, onion and dried mint with vegetal oil.
5. Potato Kuku, potato, egg, spices
6. Baghala Ghatogh, it’s a dish from the North of Iran and usually served with rice.
Fava beans, egg, garlic, dill, turmeric
7. Paneer Boreshteh: Lighvan cheese (traditional cheese of Iran), fresh dill, egg, turmeric.
8. Nargesi: spinach, egg, onion, spices
9. Reshteh Polo, Polo means rice in Farsi and we mix it with different materials to make different tastes.
Reshteh Polo is a mix of rice and Persian noodles and fried dried grape and date for topping.
10. Ranginak: egg, wheat flour, date, cinnamon, and ginger.
11. Havij Polo, rice, carrot, barberry, saffron, onion, nuts
Tahchin (rice cake), its the most beautiful, and famous dishes in Iran and we always serve it with meat or chicken but it’s possible to serve it with vegetables
Rice, barberry, almond, pistachio, saffron, egg, yogurt eggplant.
In addition to these dishes we have more vegetarian foods, starters, and deserts in different parts of Iran and if you are curious about local foods you will discover them easily.
If you are in Teheran we recommend you try some of the vegan or vegetarian options in organic Cedar Cafe located in Cedar Hostel.