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    Persia..Persia..

    Reborn And PresentedReborn And Presented

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    IntroductionWomen have had a great influence in the history of cooking in Iran. TheWomen have had a great influence in the history of cooking in Iran. Thebest chiefs were women. From the palaces of Persian kings to the averagebest chiefs were women. From the palaces of Persian kings to the average

    housewife, women have had fabulous skills in the preparation of food.housewife, women have had fabulous skills in the preparation of food.

    No accurate record of classical Persian cooking is available but we hear thatNo accurate record of classical Persian cooking is available but we hear that

    vast banquets occurred at Persepolis. It is clear that the ancient Persiansvast banquets occurred at Persepolis. It is clear that the ancient Persians

    cherished food. .cherished food. .

    Throughout the history, the art of Persian cooking expanded to all theThroughout the history, the art of Persian cooking expanded to all the

    Middle Eastern countries.Middle Eastern countries.

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    Persia is in the South Western Asia.Persia is in the South Western Asia.

    Its bordered byIts bordered by

    Iraq,Turkey,Armenia,The CaspianIraq,Turkey,Armenia,The Caspian

    Sea,Turkmenistan,Afghanistan,Sea,Turkmenistan,Afghanistan,

    Pakistan, The Gulf Of Oman,ThePakistan, The Gulf Of Oman,The

    Persian Gulf.Persian Gulf.

    Tehran is the capital city.Tehran is the capital city.

    Much of the Iran is desert; the mainMuch of the Iran is desert; the main

    deserts are the Dashtdeserts are the Dasht--ii--Lut and theLut and the

    DashtDasht--ii--Kavir.Kavir.

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    The ClimateThe large part of Persia is desert. The country has few lakes,and theThe large part of Persia is desert. The country has few lakes,and the

    main navigable lake is lake Karun.main navigable lake is lake Karun.

    Only 7% of land is forest and woodland,tree includeOnly 7% of land is forest and woodland,tree include

    maple,oak,walnut,plane and poplar.maple,oak,walnut,plane and poplar.

    The Golestan Forest National Park of U.N.E.S.C.O was the first nationalThe Golestan Forest National Park of U.N.E.S.C.O was the first national

    reserve of Persia.reserve of Persia.

    Kavir national park is a desert region park.Kavir national park is a desert region park.

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    Persian Architecture

    Persian ancient architecture is well known for its use of domes,arches andPersian ancient architecture is well known for its use of domes,arches and

    beautiful decoration.beautiful decoration.

    TakhtTakht--ee--Suleyman,a principal Zoroastrian sanctuary in northSuleyman,a principal Zoroastrian sanctuary in north--westernwestern

    Persia became a world heritage in 2003. This building was an importantPersia became a world heritage in 2003. This building was an important

    influence on its architecture.influence on its architecture.

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    Persian Gardens

    The Persian garden was designed as aThe Persian garden was designed as areflection of paradise on earth.reflection of paradise on earth.

    The word garden its self comes fromThe word garden its self comes fromPersian roots.Persian roots.

    The special place of the garden in thereThe special place of the garden in thereheart can be seen in there paintingheart can be seen in there painting

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    Tradition and

    Culture of PersiaHistorically, the Iranians of today, and Tajikestan, Uzbekistan,Historically, the Iranians of today, and Tajikestan, Uzbekistan,

    Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan come from theTurkmenistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan come from the

    same or similar roots, and are related as part of the larger group of peoplessame or similar roots, and are related as part of the larger group of peoplesof Greater Iran.of Greater Iran.

    In particular, Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikestan have been able to almostIn particular, Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikestan have been able to almost

    fully retainfully retain their Persian identity, while the other above mentioned entitiestheir Persian identity, while the other above mentioned entities

    still exhibit considerable traces of their Iranian past.still exhibit considerable traces of their Iranian past.

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    Persian customs

    Gracious hospitality is part of the character of the Iranian people, andGracious hospitality is part of the character of the Iranian people, and

    a characteristic as old as history itself.a characteristic as old as history itself.

    The guest is considered as a gift from God, so the best food, the mostThe guest is considered as a gift from God, so the best food, the most

    comfortable seat or chair is saved for the guest.comfortable seat or chair is saved for the guest.

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    Persian caviarPersian caviarCaviar harvested and fished fromCaviar harvested and fished from

    sturgeon species off the coast of Iran insturgeon species off the coast of Iran inthe Caspian Sea.the Caspian Sea.

    Iranian sturgeon species are typically:Iranian sturgeon species are typically:

    Beluga, Osetra, Asetra and Sevruga.Beluga, Osetra, Asetra and Sevruga.

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    The kebab is an Iranian favorite.The kebab is an Iranian favorite.

    MilkMilk--based desserts, pastries and sweets are popular. Dates, apples,based desserts, pastries and sweets are popular. Dates, apples,

    cherries, peaches and citrus fruits are among fruits grown in Iran.cherries, peaches and citrus fruits are among fruits grown in Iran.

    Tea is drunk without milk and a yoghurt drink is served with meals.Tea is drunk without milk and a yoghurt drink is served with meals.

    Iranians drink nonIranians drink non--alcoholic beer because alcohol is forbiddenalcoholic beer because alcohol is forbidden..

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    ContIranians refined the taste and flavor of food and how it is presented.Iranians refined the taste and flavor of food and how it is presented.

    Iranians cook based on what is in season so the food is as fresh and as bestIranians cook based on what is in season so the food is as fresh and as best

    quality as it can be.quality as it can be.

    Iran was first to use many common herbs such as basil, mint, cumin,Iran was first to use many common herbs such as basil, mint, cumin,cloves, and coriander.cloves, and coriander.

    The goat's ability to subsist in sparse vegetation made it ideal forThe goat's ability to subsist in sparse vegetation made it ideal for

    domestication by nomads.domestication by nomads.

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    Persian Menu

    Appetizer :

    H

    aleem

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    Main course (rice) :

    1. Adaas polo

    (Latin rice):

    2. Baghali polo

    (Leema bean rice)

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    3. Haveeg polo

    (Carrot rice) :

    4. Sabzi polo(vegetable rice)

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    5. Tah-cheen (Potbottom crust with

    chicken) :

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    2. Khoresh bameih (Okrastew) :

    3.Khoresht ghormeh sabzi

    (green vegetable stew)

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    4. Abgousht :4. Abgousht :

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    Suffle :

    Koo koo sabzi

    (vegitable suflle) :

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    Sea food :Sea food :

    Mahi sefeed

    (white fish) ;

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    Grilled meat :Grilled meat :

    Kabab kubideh (grilledKabab kubideh (grilled

    ground meat) :ground meat) :

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    Dessert :

    1. Rangeenak :

    2. Halva

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    Have a feast with some mouth

    watering Persian dishesFereni Kebab-burg

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    Beef stew Abgousht

    Beryani

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    Maast-o-khiar

    Mirza-ghasemi

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    Persian tomato and cucumber

    salad

    Persian eggs poached in

    tomato saus

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    Beef and bean Khoresh (a

    Persian beef stew).

    Luleh kebabs- Persianground lamp kebabs

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    Time for some sweet temptations

    Naan berenji

    Naan nokhodchi

    Baamieh

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    Some Persian coolers

    Persian Pomtini (a light

    And delicious martini)

    Persian

    pomegranate cooler

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    Persian tea

    Persians are teaPersians are tea--lovers. Tea is served in these small glasses calledlovers. Tea is served in these small glasses called

    "Estekaan" and matching saucers."Estekaan" and matching saucers.

    There are nearly countless numbers of traditional teahouses (There are nearly countless numbers of traditional teaho