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Abgusht, Lamb Stew
Ash, an Iranian thick soup
Chela kabab
Polo and Chelo, (Rice)
Kufteh Tabrizi
Dolmeh Burg
Mast, (Yogurt)
Iranian Bread



Standards of food hygiene are mostly satisfactory in all categories of eating- houses, particularly the Iranian sausages, some of the best types of which no longer cause stomach problems. In general most Iranian cooking is healthy and nutritious, and you shouldn't have much problem in keeping to a balanced diet. At street stalls it is advisable only to eat hot food that you have watched being cooked. AI.J provinces of Iran have their own dishes and specialties. However, the national dish is rice prepared in several special ways and served in vast helpings with almost every main dish, and very few of the main dishes would be considered complete without it. Iranian rice from the rainy plains of Mazandaran and Guilan is considered by many -not only Iranians -to be one of the world's best, but much of the rice sold in the country today is imported.
Chelo is rice prepared in several stages over 24 hours, boiled and steamed and served separately, while polo is rice cooked with the other ingredients. Rice in general is called berenj. The rice is always fluffy and tender, never sticky and soggy. Often the cook will steam chelo rice with yogurt or an egg yolk (or a thin layer of lavash bread) to make a crunchy golden crust (!ah dig) at the bottom of the pan, which is broken up and served on top of the rest of the rice. Saffron is very frequently used to flavor and color rice.
Soft drinks are sold in bottles. Tea served in see-through glasses (never with milk) is an integral part of hospitality in Iran. Coffee is not widely available and is usually expensive.
Fruits are served almost at all kinds of ceremonies and occasions. Second to tea, seasonal fruits are another integral part of hospitality.
Every province has its own specialty for making sweets, biscuits and candies. Sweets made of dates, rice and many other fruits and substances are very common in Iran and people appreciate good sweets and tourists during their stay in Iran would develop a taste for quality of sweets and would soon recognize the origin of each one. Traditionally Iranians drink cold water with their meals. The following is a brief description of a number of the most delicious and the best-known Iranian foods, which you might want to try while touring in Iran:

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