‘My first lunch in Iran’ by K.J.Chatrath

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My friends know that I am terribly fussy about food and insist on Indian dishes all the time, where ever I go. So when I return from any trip, the first question that my friends ask me is ‘how did you manage about the food’?

I am thrilled to say that I had absolutely no problem and loved Iranian food (because it is so much like Indian food!).

Take a look at the first lunch that I had on reaching Tehran. It was in a small ordinary restaurant in a park. Chicken with pullao (locally called ‘Pilaf’ or ‘Polow’ or ‘Chelo’). The small red pieces are not from pomegranate but  are dried red berries called Zereshk which have a lovely sweet taste. This dish and a bottled salted ‘lassi’ (more about that in a  later article) cost me just 3 USD!

Photo, text & copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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