The hospitable Iranians enjoy giving parties and treating themselves with colorful and delicious Iranian cuisines and sweets. Believe it or not, one of the Iranian cuisines is called Morassa Polo which means the Jeweled Rice! I will tell you what exactly this colorful Iranian cuisine, served in weddings and New Year ceremonies, is:
The saffron rice is steamed for an hour, layered with roasted chicken marinated in cinnamon. Sliced almond and pistachios are soaked in cool water to soften. Barberries, sour cherries, chopped onions and carrots are roasted in oil and sliced orange peels are sweetened. After the rice and the chicken is done it is topped with all these colorful ingredients and then it is served. The barberries and cherries look like shiny ruby stones and the pistachio slices look like emerald stones placed on the golden saffron rice! Maybe that’s why this cheerful Iranian cuisine is called The Jeweled Rice.
Tasting the traditional cuisines is a good way to get acquainted with the soul of the culture in a new destination. While you travel in the cities of Iran, you can taste different traditional dishes and even learn how they are done by attending fun and friendly culinary classes held by skillful Iranian cooks.