All Kinds of Iranian Dishes with Saffron: What Foods Is Saffron Used i

All Kinds of Iranian Dishes with Saffron: What Foods Is Saffron Used in?

 All kinds of Iranian dishes with saffron

What foods is saffron used in? Iranian cuisine has a lot of variety due to the differences in Iranian culture and ethnicity. Spices can turn a bland food into a delicious and hearty one. One of the most important spices in Asian cuisine is saffron. Since saffron, gives a unique taste and smell to food due to its authenticity and quality; Saffron dishes have become an integral part of Iranian tables. 

Typical Iranian main dishes are combinations of rice with meat, vegetables and nuts. Herbs are frequently used, along with fruits such as plums, pomegranates, quince, prunes, apricots and raisins. Characteristic Iranian spices and flavourings such as saffron, cardamom, and dried lime and other sources of sour flavoring, cinnamon, turmeric and parsley are mixed and used in various dishes.

Outside of Iran, a strong presence of Iranian cuisine can be found in cities with significant Iranian diaspora populations, namely the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto,Houston , United Kingdom and especially Los Angeles and its environs.( wikipedia ) 


Stay with us until the end of this article to know the types of Iranian dishes with saffron and see the variety of cooking methods with saffron.

How to use saffron in saffron dishes

Saffron is one of the most essential spices for cooking Iranian saffron-based foods that add flavor, aroma, and color to food with saffron. Regarding its use in Iranian cuisine with saffron, several points should be noted.

  1. It is important to pay attention to the quantity and amount of saffron while cooking with saffron, due to its invigorating and blood-thinning properties, because it changes people's moods.
  2. Attention to the person who consumes saffron foods: saffron is restricted for some people, such as pregnant women, and it is better to consult a doctor in the early months.
  3. How to use saffron according to the recipe for preparing saffron food: There are 3 ways to use saffron in food, which you will get to know briefly below.

Saffron can be brewed and consumed in 3 ways.

1) Saffron with boiling water

2) Saffron with ice

3) Combined method.

The first method for brewing saffron is more common. First, you need to powder the saffron with boiling water, then pour it into a glass of boiling water and put the lid on the glass for 15 to 30 minutes and let the saffron infuse. In the second method, we pour some ice cubes on the saffron powder and give time for the saffron to infuse with the ice at room temperature. In the third method, which is faster than the previous two methods; Pour some boiling water on the saffrons and then pour the ice on them. This causes a shock in the saffrons and makes the saffron color. In the following, you will get to know all kinds of Iranian dishes with original saffron.


Brewing saffron for saffron dishes.


All kinds of Iranian dishes with saffron

As mentioned in wikipedia about the culture of Iranian cuisine, the role of saffron in all kinds of food, desserts, cakes and pastries and cooking with saffron in general cannot be ignored. One of the main uses of saffron in Iranian cuisine is in cooking saffron rice and saffron pot bottom. The unique taste and aroma of Iranian rice when brewed with Iranian saffron can be memorable for guests and family members. We recommend Iranian rice along with the following dishes.

Saffron chicken

This dish is one of the most famous saffron dishes in Iran. In the recipe of Majlisi chicken, carrots and a lot of finely chopped onions and spices such as infused saffron are used. This chicken is served with Zershak Pilau or Bagali Pilou.

Saffron pounded kebab

This dish is one of the most delicious and famous types of traditional pounded kebabs in Iranian cuisine with saffron. To cook this saffron kebab, it is necessary to use minced meat with 30% fat. Mix grated onion that has been drained with meat, salt, pepper, saffron and some baking soda and knead until it becomes sticky and can be spread on skewers.

Saffron grilled chicken

Grilled chicken is one of the most authentic Iranian dishes with saffron, which is served today from important ceremonies and gatherings to picnics and weekend trips and holidays. Grilled chicken has a fixed recipe, but the recipe for making the chicken greedy is varied and everyone uses different ingredients and seasonings. Of course, lemon juice, saffron, and onion are among their constant bases. Saffron grilled chicken can be skewered or cooked in a pan.

Saffron beef

Saffron veal is one of the famous and special and expensive Iranian dishes. You can use mutton or veal in this dish. In this dish, the meat is cooked with a lot of ground saffron because it is one of the main flavor enhancers and also improves the smell of the meat. Spit the mutton neck and onion with saffron, salt, pepper, cinnamon and turmeric spices with oil and then pour some water and let the meat cook slowly with low heat. This dish is served with saffron rice, barberry and beans.


The bottom of the saffron chicken

With rice, chicken (breast), sweet or creamy yogurt, eggs, thick saffron, salt, turmeric and black pepper, you can cook one of the delicious Iranian dishes. This saffron dish is done in two stages of cooking the chicken and cooking the bottom of the chicken. Among other types of Techin, we can mention saffron and eggplant Techin with its unique taste.

Saffron stuffing stew

Gheemeh stew is one of the most delicious Iranian saffron dishes that is cooked in Iran. This food also has its own fans in religious ceremonies and offerings. Stew meat, raw cob, onion, Omani lemon, tomato paste, cinnamon stick, rose water, potato, infused saffron, oil, salt, pepper and turmeric are used in cooking this stew. Potato Stew, Eggplant Stew and Nisar Stew are the most important types of Stew.

Gheeme Nisar stew

The difference between Nisar ghee and plain ghee is that almond and pistachio slices are used in the Nisar ghee stew. In the following, we introduce drinks that can be served with Iranian food with saffron.



Saffron drinks

In addition to Iranian food with saffron, you can use delicious saffron drinks instead of harmful and carbonated drinks such as soft drinks and desserts. To suggest some delicious drinks that have saffron in them and calm the soul of people, we will mention below.

saffron syrup

In this simple syrup, ground saffron, rose water, sugar or honey, water and a little lemon juice are used, which with ice cubes can be one of the best drinks for spring and summer.

Saffron syrup with syrupy eggs and sour cream

In this syrup, khaksheer and egg syrup are added to the same saffron syrup. There are a lot of healing properties in this syrup. Egg syrup is very effective in the treatment of skin, respiratory and stomach diseases. Fenugreek is also effective in relieving constipation, skin health, removing kidney stones, and so on.

Saffron and burdock syrup

In saffron syrup, use betel nut instead of rose water and do not neglect its unique taste. The properties of burdock root, including reducing fever and strengthening sexual powers, are not hidden from anyone. So, instead of harmful drinks, use this saffron syrup to enjoy and benefit from its benefits.


saffron syrup


Cooking tips with saffron in Iranian cuisine

In cooking Iranian food with saffron, you should pay attention to some points.

  • Saffron used in saffron dishes must be original and fake saffron with artificial color is harmful.
  • It is better to use a metal or glass container to store saffron and place it away from light so that it does not lose its aroma and freshness.
  • Do not grind saffron with sugar and sugar because it loses its freshness and color during brewing.
  • Because saffron has the property of thinning the blood, one should be careful in its amount and consumption.

Thank you for staying with us until the end of the article on types of Iranian food with saffron and getting to know more about how to prepare food with Iranian saffron and what foods saffron is used in. We hope that you can cook and enjoy Iranian dishes with first-class saffron. Share your ideas and opinions about various saffron dishes with us.

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