Enhance Your Meal With These 7 Best Iranian Side Dishes

From rich and smoky eggplant delicacies to refreshing herb-infused salads, explore the flavours of Iran. 

Iranian Side Dish

A cooling yogurt and cucumber dip, flavoured with garlic, mint, and dried rose petals, perfect for balancing spicy or rich dishes.

1. Mast-o Khiar

Creamy mashed eggplant blended with kashk (strained yogurt) and garnished with caramelized onions and mint, offering a delightful contrast of textures.

2. Kashk-e Bademjan

A crispy, golden layer of rice formed at the bottom of the pot, prized for its crunchy texture and rich taste.

3. Tahdig

A vibrant platter of fresh herbs, radishes, and spring onions, served alongside feta cheese and walnuts for a refreshing bite.

4. Sabzi Khordan

A colourful salad featuring diced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and herbs, dressed with lemon juice and olive oil for a refreshing palate cleanser.

5. Salad Shirazi

Assorted pickled vegetables, offering a tangy and crunchy complement to any meal.

6. Torshi

Marinated olives with pomegranate molasses, walnuts, and herbs.

7. Zeytoon Parvardeh

Indulging in creamy dips, tangy pickles or fragrant rice dishes.