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    Elmotoo
    Wed May 30, 2012 6:13 pm
    Forum Host


    WELCOME TO IRAN/PERSIA!



    This month, June 2012, the North Africa/Middle East (NA/ME) Forum is visiting Iran aka Persia (mostly) through it's food. Feel free to tag recipes, post information or questions about the country. Photos are also very welcome. To start us off, I am posting a bit of basic info, history and some unreviewed recipes plus some photos...

    Happy travels...

    xo Bethie

    cookbook ~ IRAN/PERSIA 6/2012


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:21 am, edited 2 times in total
    Elmotoo
    Wed May 30, 2012 6:18 pm
    Forum Host
    ............................................

    the basics, courtesy of Wikipedia:

    .................................................IRAN aka PERSIA

    Coordinates: 32°N 53°E
    Independence, Freedom, Islamic Republic
    Anthem: National Anthem of Islamic Republic of Iran
    Capital (and largest city) Tehran
    Official language(s) Persian
    Spoken languages Persian, Azeri, Kurdish, Arabic, Balochi, Lori, Gilaki, Mazandarani, Turkmen, Armenian, Aramaic
    Demonym Iranian

    **This article contains Persian text, written from right to left with some letters joined. Without proper rendering support, you may see unjoined letters written left-to-right, instead of right-to-left or other symbols instead of Persian script.**
    Iran (i/ɪˈrɑːn/[9] or /aɪˈræn/;[10] Persian: ایران‎ [ʔiˈɾɒn] ( listen)), officially the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: جمهوری اسلامی ایران‎ Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān), is a country in Southern and Western Asia.[11][12] The name "Iran", which in Persian means "Land of the Aryans", has been in use natively since the Sassanian era. It came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia ( /ˈpɜrʒə/ or /ˈpɜrʃə/).[10][13] Both "Persia" and "Iran" are used interchangeably in cultural contexts; however, "Iran" is the name used officially in political contexts.[14][15]
    The 18th-largest country in the world in terms of area at 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), Iran has a population of around 79 million.[5] It is a country of particular geopolitical significance owing to its location in the Middle East and central Eurasia. Iran is bordered on the north by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. As Iran is a littoral state of the Caspian Sea, which is an inland sea, Kazakhstan and Russia are also Iran's direct neighbors to the north. Iran is bordered on the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, on the west by Iraq and on the northwest by Turkey. Tehran is the capital, the country's largest city and the political, cultural, commercial and industrial center of the nation. Iran is a regional power,[16][17] and holds an important position in international energy security and world economy as a result of its large reserves of petroleum and natural gas. Iran has the second largest proven natural gas reserves in the world and the fourth largest proven petroleum reserves.[18]
    Iran is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations.[19] The first dynasty in Iran formed during the Elamite kingdom in 2800 BC. The Iranian Medes unified Iran into an empire in 625 BC.[3] They were succeeded by the Iranian Achaemenid Empire, the Hellenic Seleucid Empire and two subsequent Iranian empires, the Parthians and the Sassanids, before the Muslim conquest in 651 AD. Iranian post-Islamic dynasties and empires expanded the Persian language and culture throughout the Iranian plateau. Early Iranian dynasties which re-asserted Iranian independence included the Tahirids, Saffarids, Samanids and Buyids.
    The blossoming of Persian literature, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, mathematics and art became major elements of Muslim civilization. Iranian identity continued despite foreign rule in the ensuing centuries[20] and Persian culture was adopted also by the Ghaznavids,[21] Seljuk,[22][23] Ilkhanid[24] and Timurid[25] rulers. The emergence in 1501 of the Safavid dynasty,[4] which promoted Twelver Shia Islam[26] as the official religion of their empire, marked one of the most important turning points in Iranian and Muslim history.[27] The Persian Constitutional Revolution established the nation's first parliament in 1906, within a constitutional monarchy. In 1953 Iran became an authoritarian regime, following a coup d'état instigated by the UK and US. Growing dissent with foreign influence culminated during the Iranian Revolution which led to establishment of an Islamic republic on 1 April 1979.[28][29]
    Iran is a founding member of the UN, NAM, OIC and OPEC. The political system of Iran, based on the 1979 constitution, comprises several intricately connected governing bodies. The highest state authority is the Supreme Leader. Shia Islam is the official religion and Persian is the official language.[30]




    read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:10 am, edited 2 times in total
    Elmotoo
    Wed May 30, 2012 6:19 pm
    Forum Host
    ............................................Iranian cuisine ~
    The cuisine of Iran is diverse, with each province featuring dishes, as well as culinary traditions and styles, distinct to their regions. The main Persian cuisines are combinations of rice with meat, chicken or fish and some onion, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. Herbs are frequently used along with fruits such as plums, pomegranates, quince, prunes, apricots, and raisins. Iranians also usually eat plain yogurt (Persian: ماست, māst‎) with lunch and dinner; it is a staple of the diet in Iran. To achieve a balanced taste, characteristic flavourings such as saffron, dried limes, cinnamon, and parsley are mixed delicately and used in some special dishes. Onions and garlic are normally used in the preparation of the accompanying course, but are also served separately during meals, either in raw or pickled form. Iran is also famous for its caviar.[156] Iranian food is not piquant.


    Orange Persian Rice #472866 by Kerfluffle-Upon-Winkle, photo by LoriMama

    Persian Rice With Barberries (Zereshk Polow) #448277 by UmmBinat, photo by Cookgirl

    Persian Vegetable Casserole (Kukune Sabzi) #444205 by Sharon123, photo by Debbwl
    Lamoun Makbouss - Pickled Lemons #428392 by EmmyDucky, photo by Muffin Goddess

    Kurdish Baked Fish #317818 by Stacia_, photo by Mikekey

    Honey and Cream - Iranian Breakfast #277556 by Sackville, photo by Sackville

    Israeli Tea by Maeven6, photo by Chef RZ Fan

    Persian Pomegranate Cooler #88546 by Sue Lau, photo by Sue Lau

    Persian Inspired Salad With Sweet Potato and Spinach #457718 by Chef Kate, photo by Cookgirl

    Persian Style Carrot Salad #437223 by awalde, photo by awalde


    Grilled Chicken With Saffron #424435 by diner 524, photo by Littlemafia

    Orange Chicken Koresh Iranian #424070 by Dienia B., photo by awalde

    Persian Style Onion Soup #401194 by Littlemafia, photo by *Parsley*

    Persian Chicken Stuffed With Rice #397386 by Sephardi Kitchen, photo by Sephardi Kitchen

    Persian Rice Cookies (Naan Berenji) #390848 by UmmBinat, photo by Katzen


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:11 am, edited 1 time in total
    Elmotoo
    Wed May 30, 2012 6:19 pm
    Forum Host
    ..............................................................Culture

    City Theater of Tehran, the largest Theater auditorium in the Middle East. The culture of Iran is a mix of ancient pre-Islamic culture and Islamic culture. Iranian culture has long been a predominant culture of the Middle East and Central Asia, with Persian considered the language of intellectuals during much of the 2nd millennium, and the language of religion and the populace before that.
    The Sassanid era was an important and influential historical period in Iran as Iranian culture influenced China, India and Roman civilization considerably,[135] and so influenced as far as Western Europe and Africa.[136] This influence played a prominent role in the formation of both Asiatic and European medieval art.[137] This influence carried forward to the Islamic world. Much of what later became known as Islamic learning, such as philology, literature, jurisprudence, philosophy, medicine, architecture and the sciences were based on some of the practises taken from the Sassanid Persians to the broader Muslim world.[138][139][140]
    After Islamization of Iran Islamic rituals have penetrated in the Iranian culture. The most noticeable one of them is commemoration of Husayn ibn Ali. Every year in Day of Ashura most of Iranians, including Armenians and Zoroastrians participate in mourning for the martyrs of battle of Karbala. Daily life in modern Iran is closely interwoven with Shia Islam and the country's art, literature, and architecture are an ever-present reminder of its deep national tradition and of a broader literary culture.[140][141]
    The Iranian New Year (Nowruz) is an ancient tradition celebrated on 21 March to mark the beginning of spring in Iran. It is also celebrated in Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and previously also in Georgia and Armenia. It is also celebrated by the Iraqi and Anatolian Kurds.[142] Nowruz was registered on the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity[143] and described as the Persian New Year[144][145][146][147] by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2009.



    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:12 am, edited 1 time in total
    Elmotoo
    Wed May 30, 2012 6:19 pm
    Forum Host
    *SOME* of the UNreviewed recipes in the IRAN/PERSIA 6/2012 cookbook:

    Lamb Meatballs - Persian Style #13977 by LikeItLoveIt
    Kuku-Ye Gerdu (Leek Omelette) #197150 by Ms. Norrell
    Khoreshte Karafs - Celery Stew #392117 by litlemafia
    Herbed Yogurt Soup #234004 by luvinlif2k
    Herbs and Greens Frittata #166398 by fluffernutter
    Iranian Rhubarb Khoresh #192004 by Aunty Dotty
    Irany Minty Lemonade #241938 by anidifrancofan
    Chelo #428732 by Scarlett516
    Coucou - Persian Herb Omelette #448297 by becy
    Dukkah (Spicy Nut Mix for Dipping With Flatbread) #84436 by tinala
    Easy Basturma Meatballs #473901 by Cookgirl
    Eggplant Stew (Simple, Persian Style) #309868 by Roxana M.
    Adas Polo #284645 by maryannatwork
    Ashe Reshte #185728 by echo echo
    Bademjan - Delicious Persian Stew #263437 by Persian Cook

    **I am sure I did not find all the Persian recipes on the site. If you come across any that are not in the cookbook, please post & I will add it.**

    HAPPY COOKING!

    Beth


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:13 am, edited 1 time in total
    Elmotoo
    Wed May 30, 2012 6:20 pm
    Forum Host
    HAPPY HAPPY TAGS MAKE HAPPY HAPPY TUMMIES MAKE HAPPY HAPPY PEOPLE....

    mama smurf
    icon_biggrin.gif Tomato Cucumber Salad (Salad Shirazi) #173870 by ellie_
    icon_biggrin.gif
    Kurdish Baked Fish#317818 by Stacia_

    CG
    Kuku-Ye Gerdu (Leek Omelette) #197150 by Ms. Norrell
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Chicken Skewers #475303 by Nancy's Pantry
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Love Tea #82274 by Sue Lau
    Fried Eggs With Dill #400137 by littlemafia

    Mia in Germany
    icon_biggrin.gifEggplant Stew (Simple, Persian Style) #309868 by Roxana M.
    Adas Polo #284645 by maryannatwork
    icon_biggrin.gif Easy Basturma Meatballs #473901 by CG

    Sharon123
    Irany Minty Lemonade #241938 by anidifrancofan

    awalde
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Chicken Skewers #475303 by Nancy's Pantry
    icon_biggrin.gifMa's Hummus #236294 by Maeven6
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Rhubarb Syrup #240370 by breezee1984
    icon_biggrin.gifStuffed Grape Leaves (persian) #13965 by LikeItLoveIt
    icon_biggrin.gifBoranie Bademjan (Persian Eggplant Yogurt Dip) #35940 by najwa

    UmmBinat
    icon_biggrin.gifSabzi Polow #213135 by chef 397624
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian / Iranian Maahi Kabab - Fish #298652 by Um Safia
    icon_biggrin.gifCherry Almond Pilaf #211193 by Shannon W.
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Chicken Skewers #475303 by Nancy's Pantry
    icon_biggrin.gifKurdish Chickpea Salad #82270 by Sue Lau
    icon_biggrin.gifLuleh Kebabs- Persian Ground Lamb Kebabs #35132 by Sue Lau
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Tomato and Cucumber Salad (Salad Shiraz) #96978 by sdbmshad
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Rose Petal Salad #318237 by Stacia_
    icon_biggrin.gifTraditional Persian Basmati Rice With Tadig #423313 by Nurse Amanda
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Sugar With Walnuts & Rose Water - Topping/Filling #480674 by BecR
    icon_biggrin.gifEasy Basturma Meatballs #473901 by Cookgirl
    icon_biggrin.gifBorani Esfanaaj #50683 by Kirste
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Chicken Dish #320560 by Stacia_
    icon_biggrin.gifFried Eggs With Dill #400137 by littlemafia
    icon_biggrin.gifRose Water Rice Pudding #210007 by Shannon W.
    Persian Chickpea Flour Cookies (Nan-E Nokhochi ) #361064 by Chef #809940
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Style Onion Soup #401194 by littlemafia
    icon_biggrin.gifTzatziki #224317 by MathMom.calif
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Inspired Salad With Sweet Potato and Spinach #457718 by Chef Kate
    icon_biggrin.gifUyghur Polo (Pilaf) #411849 by mpevans
    icon_biggrin.gifMast O Khiyar (Yogurt and Cucumbers) #180210 by Deerwoman
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Kidney Beans #71477 by Sue Lau

    Dienia
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Pomegranate Cooler #88546 by Sue Lau
    icon_biggrin.gifIranian Rice with Beans and Dill Weed (Baqala Polo) #8938 by Carol Bullock
    icon_biggrin.gifCucusebzaminee ( Iranian Potatoes) #25718 by DoQu Russell

    elmotoo
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Kidney Beans #363332 by littlemafia
    icon_biggrin.gifFried Eggs With Dill #400137 by littlemafia
    icon_biggrin.gifBastani Akbar Mashti - Iranian Ice Cream #394249 by LM
    icon_biggrin.gifKurdish Tea #320558 by Stacia_
    icon_biggrin.gifIranian Eslamboli Polou (Rice With Ground Meat) #394245 by LM
    icon_biggrin.gifBademjan - Delicious Persian Stew #263437 by Persian cook
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Grapes #428611 by morgainegeiser
    icon_biggrin.gifIranian Rice with Beans and Dill Weed (Baqala Polo) by Carol Bullock

    Chef Kate
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Rhubarb Syrup #240370 by breezee 1984
    icon_biggrin.gifPersian Butter Cookies #149689 by Dienia B


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:20 am, edited 14 times in total
    mama smurf
    Thu May 31, 2012 12:21 pm
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    Very interesting recipes...I have picked two (I know it's not June quite) but here are my two tags:
    *Tomato Cucumber Salad (Salad Shirazi)#173870 by ellie_#39835 and
    *Kurdish Baked Fish#317818 by Stacia_#914002 icon_biggrin.gif
    Elmotoo
    Thu May 31, 2012 3:42 pm
    Forum Host
    mama smurf wrote:
    Very interesting recipes...I have picked two (I know it's not June quite) but here are my two tags:
    *Tomato Cucumber Salad (Salad Shirazi)#173870 by ellie_#39835 and
    *Kurdish Baked Fish#317818 by Stacia_#914002 icon_biggrin.gif


    HI! Welcome! Tag away....I'll get more stuff up hopefully tomorrow. My hands hurt REALLY badly & using the computer is painful. After I get the rest of the info posted, I'll get tags posted.

    Enjoy!

    Beth
    mama smurf
    Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:54 pm
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    I have made and reviewed the following two yummy.gif recipes:
    *Tomato Cucumber Salad (Salad Shirazi)#173870 by ellie_#39835 and
    *Kurdish Baked Fish#317818 by Stacia_#914002.

    I hope your hands get better... icon_smile.gif
    Cookgirl
    Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:37 pm
    Forum Host
    One of my favorite cuisines and only genuinely discovered
    within the last ten years!

    UmmBinat's Barberry Rice is [[incredible]] but it is a bit tricky to prepare.

    I will tag:

    Kuku-Ye Gerdu (Leek Omelette) by Ms.Norell
    Elmotoo
    Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:07 am
    Forum Host
    Cookgirl wrote:
    One of my favorite cuisines and only genuinely discovered
    within the last ten years!

    UmmBinat's Barberry Rice is [[incredible]] but it is a bit tricky to prepare.

    I will tag:

    Kuku-Ye Gerdu (Leek Omelette) by Ms.Norell


    That looks tasty!!! I have yet to find barberries. Is there a reasonable substitute? I'm thinking dried cranberries?

    Enjoy!

    xo Beth
    Cookgirl
    Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:44 am
    Forum Host
    Cranberries are a reasonable substitute. Barberries are a bit more astringent tasting. Cut them up into smaller pieces and you might be able to convince yourself they're barberries. icon_wink.gif


    I have only located them in one shop in town. For a 3-ounce package the berries run about 10 bucks. Ouch.
    Elmotoo
    Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:11 am
    Forum Host
    Cookgirl wrote:
    Cranberries are a reasonable substitute. Barberries are a bit more astringent tasting. Cut them up into smaller pieces and you might be able to convince yourself they're barberries. icon_wink.gif


    I have only located them in one shop in town. For a 3-ounce package the berries run about 10 bucks. Ouch.


    ouch! i couldn't find them online (or was it online reasonably)? either way, i didn't order any. icon_sad.gif
    Cookgirl
    Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:35 pm
    Forum Host
    This is the brand of barberries/zareshk available in town: Sadaf.

    http://www.efooddepot.com/products/sadaf/3594/sadaf_barberries_(dried)_(zareshk)__hypen__3oz.html

    They are cheaper online but then there's the shipping charge.
    Mia in Germany
    Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:55 pm
    Forum Host
    Here are my tags:

    Eggplant Stew (Simple, Persian Style) #309868 by Roxana M
    Adas Polo #284645 by maryannatwork
    Easy Basturma Meatballs #473901 by Cookgirl

    *So* looking forward to eating Persian!! icon_biggrin.gif

    BTW, love your intro! Wonderful reading, and the pictures are splendid!
    Thanks for all your work icon_smile.gif
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