From the fluffy saffron rice with succulent kebabs to mouth-watering stews simmered to perfection, Iranian cuisine is the stuff of legend. Dishes are also rather varied as you can find local specialties in every city that you visit. Check out the five must-eat foods from Yazd and where to eat them when you visit.
One question that all Yazdis are sure to ask you when you visit their city is: “Have you tried shuli?” Made with white beets and celery, this vegan-friendly soup is the city’s pride and joy. Yazdis will swear that you haven’t had real shuli until you’ve had the homemade kind (which is probably true), but the one at the Silk Road Hotel is a pretty phenomenal comfort food and a great place to try it in case you don’t have the opportunity to get your hands on the homemade kind.
Tās kebab-e shotor
Back when I tried this for the first time, I hadn’t gone vegan yet. But even then, I felt a pang of guilt eating this- I must have had veganism in me the whole time. But for the rest of you who want to try local cuisine, tâs kebab-e shotor [camel meat stew with potatoes] is a local specialty. Camel meat is considered to be a “warm” food, so it’s popular in the winter and eaten with bread. This dish can also be tried at the Silk Road Hotel.
When you think of Yazd, shirini (sweets) immediately comes to mind- more specifically, pashmak (candy floss) and baklava, which is denser than other kinds and known for its lozi (diamond) shape. Ghotāb (cookies that look like donut holes) also originate from Yazd. Across the street from the Water Museum near Amir Chaghmagh Square is arguably the most famous confectionary, 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!
There’s nothing better to wash down Yazdi sweets with than a piping hot glass of tea. Black tea is always an option, but so is damnoosh (herbal tea). This blend of Yazdi damnoosh has golgâvzabun (borage tea) and bâbuneh (camomile).
Cupcakes is Iran are simply known as cake Yazdi. They are usually lightly sweentened with a hint of rosewater and cardamom and sprinkled with chopped pistachios. They are widely available all throughout Iran, but why not try the real deal in its namesake city?
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