If there is one thing I know as an Iranian-American, I know that Iranians LOVE to eat.
I grew up eating Iranian food. From shami to “Iranian salad” to kebabs & saffron rice, Iranian food is an ever-present food genre on the Ghorbani-Elizeh menu. My dad keeps his secret spices tucked away above the fridge away from prying hands. Many of his spices are hand-picked, packaged by my grandmother Mamani in Iran. Although I never realized it growing up, cooking Iranian food allowed for my dad to share just a little of his culture with us.
Yesterday my parents had some of us over for an “Iranian Thanksgiving.” My dad cooked all of his favorite dishes, each of them accompanied by a story or an anecdote. It was the first time Steven and Kian’s girlfriend Brittney had ever had Iranian food and they were definitely in for a treat!
Here’s an easy recipe to my favorite Iranian side dish. As children, we always called it “Iranian salad.”
1/2 cucumber – diced
1 tomato – diced
1/4 onion – diced
4 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp of olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix and serve chilled
Ta-Da! Welcome to the world of delicious and fresh Iranian food!