Cuisine in Iran

Banks in Iran

Major banks are open from Saturday to Wednesday from 07:30 to 13:30 and on Thursday from 07:30 to 12:30. Some branches are open on weekdays (Saturday – Wednesday) from 08:00 to 20:00.

Money in Iran

According to TOP-MEDICAL-SCHOOLS, the official currency of Iran is the Iranian rial. In circulation there are denominations of 50000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100 rials, as well as coins of 500, 250, 100 and 50 rials. In the country, very often prices are indicated in one more unit – toman. 1 toman is equal to 10 rials. This is done in order not to waste time on large sums, because 1 US dollar is approximately equal to 10,000 Iranian rials. In this regard, it is always worth clarifying in which units the price is indicated: in rials or tomans. Moreover, in order not to say unnecessary words, sellers tend to say that this or that product costs, for example, 2 tomans, implying that it costs 2000 tomans. Therefore, sellers should be asked to name the exact amount.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, Tehran airport and hotels. The most favorable rate is offered in private exchange offices. It is not worth using the services of private money changers. In many tourist areas, US dollars, euros and pounds sterling are accepted for payment.

Non-cash payment for services is developed only in the capital of Iran and on the resort island of Kish, and credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted for payment only in large banks and hotels. Local ATMs only accept credit cards issued by Iranian banks. In this regard, you should not take credit cards or travelers checks with you on a trip.

Rate: 1 Iranian Rial (IRR) = 52.76 USD

Cuisine in Iran

The main ingredients of Iranian cuisine are rice, bread, all types of meat except pork, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits.

The first courses are represented by a cold soup based on kefir with mint, cucumbers and raisins “mast-o khier”, a thick meat broth “abgasht”, a thick soup with rice, herbs, meat, sugar and lime juice “ash-e ab-lemu”, thick soup with herbs, rice and meat “ash-e shole-galamkar”, thick soup with wheat, spinach, peas, beans and lentils “ash-e gandom”, soup with rice, various herbs, meat and pomegranate paste “ash- e anar”, soup with rice, herbs, meat and tomato paste “ash-e gozhe-farangi”, soup with turnips, rice, peas, meat and mint “ash-e shalkam” and soup with pasta, whey and herbs “ash-e reshte”.

saffron and sugar “kofte-nokodchi”, lamb stewed with eggplant “khoreshe-badinjan”, meat with vegetables “ab-gusht-e badinjan”, stuffed eggplant “dolme-badinjan”, pepper stuffed with meat and rice “dolme-felfel” “, traditional dolma in grape leaf “dolme-bargmo”, specially prepared meat “beryani” from Isfahan, shish kebab from lamb intestines, grilled meat with onions, tomatoes and green peppers “kabab-hosseini”, barbecue meat “kabab -barg”, veal tongue with herbs “zaban”, sheep’s hearts with mushrooms, herbs and cheese “del”, fried brains with herbs “magzh”, fried kidneys with herbs and lime juice “golve”. On the basis of poultry meat, they prepare “tan-chin” (chicken dish with rice, egg, yogurt and saffron),

On the table there are always freshly baked cakes or rolls, a variety of vegetables and salads. Of the vegetable dishes, it is worth highlighting fried spinach with yogurt, onions and garlic “borani-esfanazh”, fried spinach with eggs and onions “nargesi-esfanazh”, various salads – “ku-ku-e sabzi” with herbs, egg and flour, ” sib-zamini” with potatoes and eggs, “lubia-sabz” with green beans, egg and onion, “badenzhan” with eggplant, egg, onion and saffron, “walrus” with chicken, egg, onion, saffron and lime juice, ” gol-kalam” with cauliflower, egg and saffron, “pure-e sib-zamini” with potatoes, milk and butter, “naz-khatun” with eggplant, tomatoes, pomegranate juice and grape juice or “khaviar” caviar with onion, lime juice, butter and parsley.

For dessert, they serve Iranian “baklava” with almonds, cardamom, egg yolks and milk, “yar-dar-behesht” from rice flour, starch, rose water and pistachios, donuts with pink syrup “bamie”, “shir-berenzh”, ” halva” from fried wheat flour, sugar, saffron, rose water, pistachios and almonds, “raginak” with walnuts, pistachios, cinnamon and cardamom, “zulbia”, “fereni”, “sekanzhebin”, lemon sherbet “sharbat-limu”, orange sherbet “sharbat-portagal”, “sholen-zard” with saffron, rose water, pistachios, almonds and cinnamon, “nana-berenji”, “nan-gerdui”, “nan-nokhodchi”, “gors-horshid”, “sokhan-asali” with almonds, honey, saffron and pistachios, Iranian nougat “gaz”,original sweets made from butter, saffron, sugar and wheat germ “sokhan”, “gotab” from eggs, yogurt, flour, almonds and cardamom, cherry jam with vanilla “moraba-e albalu”, quince jam with lime juice and cardamom “moraba” -e be”, apple jam with lime juice “moraba-e sib” and vanilla ice cream “bastani-akbar-mashti” with cream and rose water.

It is customary to finish the meal with a cup of strong Iranian tea. Also on offer are fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, mast homemade yoghurt, masta-based drink duk and kefir.

It is forbidden to drink alcohol in Iran, alcoholic beverages can only be purchased in the free trade zone of Kish Island, but there are also some restrictions on their use here. In Iran, tourists will only be able to taste local beer, which is actually a non-alcoholic malt drink.

Dizin (Iran)

Dizin ski resort is located near Shemshak at an altitude of 2650 m. It was built in 1969. Now it is the most popular and highest ski resort in the country and the largest ski resort in the Middle East. Skiing area – 469 hectares. The height difference within the resort is 965 m. Dizin is more suitable for trained skiers and extreme sportsmen. The resort is equipped with 12 slopes and 8 lifts. The snow depth here can reach 3 m, however, the slopes are not processed very well and therefore their surface is bumpy. Rest in Dizin quite cheap compared to European resorts, a ski pass for one day costs about 5 US dollars, and equipment rental is a maximum of 30 US dollars. Tourists are offered rental of modern equipment, a ski school, two hotels, 19 cottages and 5 restaurants. In the summer, you can ski on the grass here.

Shemshak (Iran)

Shemshak is the oldest ski resort in Iran. It was built in 1959. Shemshak is located 57 km northwest of Tehran in the Elburz mountains at an altitude of 2550 m and has a significant elevation difference – about 500 m. The resort is more suitable for beginners. There are 10 trails to choose from with opportunities for night skiing and snowboarding. There are 2 hotels for accommodation in Shemshak. The resort’s infrastructure also includes ski equipment rental and 4 restaurants.

In 1969, just above Shemshak at an altitude of 2650 m, the Dizin ski resort was built, which today is the most popular and highest ski resort in the country and the largest ski resort in the Middle East.

Cuisine in Iran