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Memories of Ghorme

By Norah FarahdelContributor Persian cuisine is the bright and vibrant keystone of Iranian culture. Every dish offers distinct flavors and sensations, paired with generations of memories and experiences. Traditional Iranian food has been carried from Tehran and Shiraz to cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Toronto, Malaysia to Sydney. Herbs like parsley and chives take the foreground in many dishes, painting our meals with hues of green.  If each Persian dish was a character in a high school movie, Ghormeh Sabzi would be prom queen. Ghormeh Sabzi is an Iranian stew (one of many– Persian cuisine has many,...

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Iranian Dishes: Food & Culture

By Nora FarahdelContributor It’s important that the base is always the same. It’s simple, really: onions, turmeric, and beef. Everything is interchangeable from that point; building blocks to a fusion of flavor and experience. Persian food is both complicated and simple; comforting yet mind-bending.  Iranian family meals were a key component to my childhood. We’d gather around a table full of steaming dishes every week, exploring different rices and stews, enjoying each other’s simple company. Iranian food culture goes beyond just eating: it’s made of the conversation, laughs, and emotions shared over a meal. It’s talking about your day and...

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My Journey as an Iranian-American

By Nora FarahdelContributor I was born an American. An American whose first language was Farsi and first bite was tadig, but an American nonetheless. My parents filled our home with the aroma of herbs and longing. They splattered the floors with Persian rugs and the walls with black and white memories. They were adamant that my Iranian identity was not forgotten–they made every right move. But outside of those walls, I kept it a secret. I grew up going to schools that were made up of a predominantly white student body. My classmates were cookie cutter versions of the perfect...

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Chia & Sour Plum Nectar (Sharbat)

This Chia & Sour Plum Nectar is inspired by the traditional Persian Sharbat. Not only is this drink the perfect balance of tang, sweetness, and fun textures, but it's full of antioxidants and fiber, making it a great choice for a healthy afternoon treat.  Ingredients3 tbsp. sour plum paste (Try ours if you can't find any near you!)1 tbsp lemon or lime juice3 tbsp soaked chia seedsTajin seasoning How to Make Chia & Sour Plum Nectar: Step 1: Soak the Chia SeedsStart by soaking the chia seeds. Use a 1:10 ratio of chia seeds to water, and let them sit for at least half an hour....

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