What you'll do
Welcome to a taste of the kitchens of Iran! You will join me in my home (6 people max) for an informal class on how to make delicious vegetarian Persian food. We will start with teaching you how to cook our famous Persian rice with saffron and tahdig (crisyp rice from the bottom of the pot). Then we will cook together one of the most famous veggie dishes from my family in Iran. Possible example dishes are kookoo sabzi (Persian herb quiche/frittata) Asas Polo (Persian lentil rice), khoresh bademjan (Persian eggplant stew), among many others. Throughout the experience I will give you a culinary and cultural tour of the regions of Iran, as well as a first-person account of living there for over 30 years. Then of course we sit will sit together and eat! You will get all the recipes and steps to take home with you, along with a step by step guide to recreate the Persian magic in your kitchen. And no meal could end without some hot tea and Persian sweets. I will happily tailor the menu around dietary restrictions and personal taste. Thank you and welcome to a piece of Iran!
My name is Taraneh (or Tara for short). I grew up in Tehran, Iran until I was 31 years old. After I moved to the U.S. in 2015, I felt like I had lost my Persian community. During those times, I threw myself into cooking my mother and our family's Persian recipes to help me feel a bit of home here in D.C. The best Persian food is made at home and I have been cooking it for over 30 years. My kitchen and food have been featured on Anthony Bourdain's website Parts Unknown. Now it is my joy to share with you the techniques, tricks and recipes to make delicious Persian food in your kitchen!
I will provide spices and herbs straight from Iran like Persian saffron for us to use and enjoy.
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Where you'll be
We will be cooking and eating delicious Persian food in my home in Dupont Circle in the heart of DC!
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 6 guests ages 21 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
You are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. I will provide non-alcoholic drinks. Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions. I want to make sure you are able to enjoy the delicious Persian food we will make together!
Authentic Vegetarian Persian Cooking