The historical city of Yazd is not only famous for its fascinating cultural attractions like the Amir Chakhmaq Square but also for the diverse foods and sweets you try in this city. Here we have written about some of the foods that you should try in Yazd.
Gheymeh stew which is made with spilt pea is one of the most popular and famous foods of Iran, but Gheymeh Yazdi is different from the ordinary Gheymeh and is made with chickpea, meat, tomato paste and is served in ceremonies as a traditional food of Yazd in family gatherings and Muharram. This food is served with rice (chelo).
Gheymeh Yazdi - Foods to try in Yazd
Beh and Aloo Stew
Beh and Aloo Stew is made with quince and plum and has a sweet-sour taste. The locals of Yazd cook this tasty food during autumn. Other ingredients of this stew includes lamb meat, onion, spice, saffron and a little sugar.
Beh o Aloo stew - Foods to try in Yazd
Aush (Ash) is one of the most famous Iranian foods which is a thick soup made with different ingredients, and Ash e Gandom of Yazd is made with wheat, herbal vegetables, onion, lentil, etc. This food is usually made over fire in very large portions and is served during Muharram or Ramadan. Cooking Aush-e Gandom takes about 10-12 hour.
Soruk Bread, also known as Sirog Bread and Siro Bread, is a traditional bread made by the Zoroastrians of Yazd since a long time ago. Locals of Yazd and also Kerman (the two cities home to the Zoroastrians of Iran) still cook this simple yet tasty bread every Thursday and serve it to the poor as a charity for the sake of the soul of the passed away members of their families. This bread is made with wheat flour, water, sugar, sesame oil, coriander seed, yeast, and is fried in hot oil.
Soruk Bread - Foods to try in Yazd
Sweets of Yazd
One of the most famous attractions and souvenirs of Yazd is its various and mouth-watering traditional sweets, which is famous in whole Iran, and is served in different ceremonies and festivals.
Meaning Rhombus, Lowz is a very tasty and nutritious sweet which is made with different ingredients, including pistachio, almond, coconut, willow and is mixed with egg white, rose water, sugar, etc. After getting ready the Low is cut in rhombus shapes and then it is ready to be served. This sweet can be made without getting baked in the oven, so it is made by many local women.
Lowz sweet - Foods to try in Yazd
Haji Badam is a tiny and tasty sweet served with tea. This sweet which has a biscuit-like texture, is very nutritious because of being made with almond, wheat, rose water, egg white, etc.
Haji Badam sweet - Foods to try in Yazd
Ghottab is the most famous traditional sweet of Yazd and has a special place in the family gatherings and of Yazd locals. This sweet is a ball shaped bread filled with grounded pistachio, almond, walnut, cardamom, and then it is fried in oil and then covered with sugar powder.
Ghottab sweet - Foods to try in Yazd
Baklava is made in different countries of the world like Turkey, Cyprus, etc. and some cities of Iran like Rasht and Qazvin, but the Baklava of Yazd is the most famous one in Iran. This crunchy sweet is a layered pastry sweetened with sugar syrup and filled with chopped nuts.
Cake Yazdi is a very popular and light cake served as a snack, and is cooked in most cities of Iran. This cake is a type of cupcake which is aromatic because of its traditional ingredients like cardamom.
Yazdi Cake - Foods to try in Yazd