Friday, February 14, 2014

5 Things to Eat in Yazd

Yesterday's post was all about what to buy in Yazd. Today is all about what to try. There are a lot of local specialties, and here are just some of the ones that I had.

1. Shirini YazdiYazdi sweets
Specifically the baklava. It's denser than other kinds and known for its lozi, diamond, shape. Ghotāb (cookies that look like donut holes) also originate in Yazd. Pashmakcotton candy, is another treat from this city. There is a famous confectionary across the street from the Water Museum near Amir Chaghmagh Square called Haj Khalifeh where you can try all the best Yazd has to offer. Mix and match your favorites to take back for yourself or as a gift for someone! 

From the top: loze nargil (coconut diamond), ghotab, baklava

2. Chai YazdiYazdi tea

If you are going to have sweets (in Iran, no less) you know that you have to have it with tea. Of course you could have regular black tea, but I opted to try Yazdi tea which was a blend of different herbal teas- golgāvzabun (borage tea), bābuneh (camomile), and others. Drinking this tea over the sweets on a cool afternoon under the warm sun after a big lunch all while stretched out on the traditional beds was the perfect recipe for a chort! And that's exactly what I did.

Chai Yazdi with nabat

3. Shuli
One question that I noticed Yazdis liked to ask was shuli khordi?, Did you try shuli? It seemed to be their pride and joy. Shuli is a kind of vegetable āsh, soup, with [white] beets and celery. Yazdis will swear that you haven't had real shuli until you've had the homemade kind (which is probably true), but I thought the one I had at the Silk Road Hotel was pretty phenomenal. 

4. Tās kabob-e shotor, camel stew with potatoes (eaten with bread)
I have to admit, I felt a pang of guilt eating this. I just couldn't help but think of my old smiling camel friend in Neyshabur. But alas, I'm all about trying the local cuisine, and this was quite delicious. Very tender meat. If I hadn't have known what it was, I never would have guessed. Evidently, camel meat is considered to be a "warm" food, so it's popular in the winter.

5. Cake Yazdi
Cake Yazdi is a lightly sweetened cupcake with a hint of rosewater and cardamom and sprinkled with chopped pistachios. They are available all throughout Iran, but why not try the real deal in its namesake city?

There they are! 5 delicious specialties not to be missed. Nooshe jān



  1. I am so obsessed with your blog, but was hoping to make a request if it’s applicable. Would you do a post on our love for maast/plain yogurt? I am 100% certain that the Mountain High yogurt company here in the sates is in business because of the demand they receive from the Persian community. I can’t even begin to tell you how many Mountain High tupperware containers my family has collected over the years. ;)

    1. What a beautiful comment to wake up to! Thank you so much for reading! A post on maast is absolutely perfect- how did I not think of it before? ;) I would be more than happy to write one. Thank you for the awesome suggestion!


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