Unlike in Europe or America, Iranians don’t eat dessert after their meal, it’s an optional choice. Iranian desserts are mostly sweet and each city has got a special dessert of it’s own. Some Iranian desserts might be a little weird! But be sure, all of them are very tasty.
Basloq, known as comfy or Lokum, is a Turkish dessert and Tabriz city’s souvenir. It has a soft and delicate texture; and as Iranians say: “It melts in your mouth as easy as melting of a lump” it is very easy to eat. Turkish people call this famous sweetie “Lokum”, which is slightly different from its Iranian type. They use sugar, water, rose water, lemon juice, flour and gelatin powder to make this sweetie. Lemon juice and Gelatin Powder are the ingredients of the Iranian version of this confection. There ingredients make the texture of Iranian basloq, tighter. They Roll the Basloq in coconut powder and decorate it with walnuts. Iranians commonly use this sweet in tables on Yalda night.
Now it’s time for my favorite dessert! The signature of Isfahan, Doogh and Gusfil. The dessert may sound a little weird because doogh, is an Iranian drink that people have with their food and has got a salty taste; on the other side Gusfil is a sweetie! But do me a favor and take the risk and taste this amazing dessert, then you can figure out why I’m so in love with it!
Doogh is a yoghurt based drink mixed with salt. You can serve this drink with different dry greens such as dill, mint, pennyroyal, damask roses and etc. And Gusfil is a kind of sweetie, which in Isfahan is served with doogh on the side. The mixture of this two different tastes, may give you a vision how heaven can taste like!
Faloodeh, is the signature of Shiraz! The original name of this dessert was “Paloode” which changed after Arabs attacked Iran; because there isn’t the phoneme /p/ in Arabic.
The dessert is consisted of thin vermicelli-sized noodles made from starch and syrup made from rose water and sugar. Faloodeh can be served with Lemon juice, different sorbets, the most popular is black mulberry, and sometimes pistachios.
You can buy this delicious dessert in ice cream stores and enjoy it with different flavors like saffron, honey or anything else you wish.
A traditional Iranian dessert is Sholeh Zard that is yellow due to the presence of saffron and that’s why people call it “Zard” (Yellow in Persian). Sholeh Zard is topped with cinnamon, sliced almonds and sliced pistachios. This dessert is usually very popular suring Ramadan and religious days.
Ingredients for this dessert include rice, sugar, saffron, rose, cardamom, pistachio or almond kernels, cinnamon and oil or butter.
Sohan is a kind of Iranian sweet, or in other words, a kind of halwa. The main ingredient od Sohan is wheat seedling and that’s why the color of sohan is brown.
Sohan is produced and supplied in different forms and types such as: Honey Sohan, Sesame Sohan, Halwa Sohan, Badami Sohan, Gezi Sohan, Laghmeh Sohan, Pashmani Sohan, etc. Sohan Qom is the most famous Sohan in Iran and the most diverse sample of Sohan.
The ingredients of Sohan are Saffron, eggs, water, jostle, branny flour, sugar and wheat seedlings. Sohan is usually designed with pistachio.
The history of ice cream began around 500 BC. People poured syrups over snow and ate. They mixed ice with things such as saffron, grape syrup and fruits. Now, thousands years later, we are going to introduce the most famous and popular Iranian dessert for you, “Bastani Sonnati” (Traditional Persian ice cream).
The ice cream is consisted of milk, egg, pistachio, saffron, sugar and rose water and it is served with a special bread, although you can eat it without the bread too.
Zooolbia Bamieh, is a popular sweet Iranian dessert. The ingredients of this dessert are flour, sugar, saffron, yoghurt and rose water. You can find Zoobia bamieh in most middle Eastern countries, specially during Ramadan.
Which of the Iranian desserts doo you love the most? Let us know in comments.