What you'll do
Welcome to a taste of the kitchens of Iran! You will join me in my home (10 people max) for an informal class on how to make delicious Persian food (vegetarian options available). 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 dishes from my family in Iran. Possible example dishes are ghormer sabzi (Persian herb and lamb stew, 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 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!
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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
You will be in my kitchen and home in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. It is centrally located in a beautiful area of the city.
Things to keep in mind
If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
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Up to 10 guests ages 21 and up can attend. It’s up to each guest to understand the ingredients being used and communicate any allergies or dietary restrictions to the host. Guests should also consider that consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry,…
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This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
No need to bring anything except if you have a bottle of wine that you’d like to drink with your meal. I will provide non-alcoholic drinks.
Learn To Cook Authentic Persian Food