Food can represent the rich customs and traditions of a nation, and eating a delicious local meal can create a memorable memory for the tourist. Thus, most of the people are interested in trying traditional dishes when they travel to a new destination. Among the cities in Iran, Yazd, the UNESCO world heritage city is one of the must-see Iran destinations. So tasting Yazd traditional food can double the fun of visiting this historic city. Moreover, Yazd food is among its most important tourist attractions.
Here, we introduce you to Yazd traditional food and the most popular places to eat in Yazd. Also as locals, we help you to know the best restaurants in Yazd.
Also, you can get more information about the most popular Iranian dishes and their approximate prices on the Persian Food and Drink page.
Yazd Food & Drinks Menu
* The prices are rough and based on a qualified dish served in a popular traditional restaurant in major cities. Usually, the prices are a little lower in casual dining restaurants and in small towns.
- Ash-e-Shooli (Shooli Potage) $2
Green Leaves (Parsley, Leek, Spinach, Fenugreek), Lentil, Onions, Beetroot, Dry Mint, Turmeric, Paper, Vinegar or Pomegranate Paste.
- Khoresht-e Gheymeh Yazdi $4
Lamb Meat, Onions, Peas, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Turmeric
- Ash-e Gandom (Wheat Potage) $2
Wheat, Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Mug Beans, Onion, Garlic, Dried Mint, Kashk, Greens, Herbs, Spices, Lamb Meat (Optional)
- Khoresht-e Beh Aloo $4
Lamb Meat, Plum, Quince Fruit, Split Peas, Tomato Paste, Herbs, Spices, Sugar (Optional)
- Abgoosht-e Tamateh Bademjan $3
Mutton, Onion, Pepper, Turmeric, Potato, eggplant, Tomato, Split Peas or Chickpeas, Tomato Paste, Cinnamon, Black Cumin, Dried Mint
- Tas Kabab-e Shotor (Camel Meat Stew with Potatoes) $3
Camel Meat, Potatoes, Onions, Tomato Paste, Spices
- Yazdi Coffee $1
Coffee, Sugar, Cardamom, Rose Water, Cinnamon, Nabat (rock candy)
- Qottab (Ghotab) $3
Flour, Oil, Egg, Milk, Sugar, Cardamom, Almond, Pistachio, Walnut
- Pashmak (Persian Cotton Candy) $2
Flour, Sugar, Oil, Cardamom
- Baghlava Yazdi (Yazdi Baklava) $4
Flour, Egg, Honey, Sugar, Milk, Butter, Nuts (Pistachio, Almond and Walnut), Cardamom, Rosewater
- Loz $4
Sugar, Cardamom, Filling (Coconut, Almond, Pistachio, or Saffron), Rosewater (Optional)
Shooli is the most famous Yazd food or in other words, it is the signature of Yazd cuisine. Insofar as, when you visit Yazd, the locals ask you: “Have you tried Shooli?” In fact, it is a soup that served as an appetizer especially in winters. This Yazdi traditional food has a special place in Yazidi’s table because of its simplicity and deliciousness. However, its ingredients depend on the season. On one hand, in winter, mung beans, spinach, beetroot, dill and sometimes turnips and squash are ingredients of this Yazdi dish. On the other hand, in summer, they use beetroot peas and lentils. Depending on the season, vinegar and pomegranate paste are used as a seasoning. The interesting thing about this food is that it is a suitable dish for vegetarians.
Ingredients: Green Leaves (Parsley, Leek, Spinach, Fenugreek), Lentil, Onions, Beetroot, Dry Mint, Turmeric, Paper, Vinegar or Pomegranate Paste.
Khoresht-e Gheymeh Yazdi
Gheymeh Yazdi is one of Yazdi’s traditional stews that you can find on the menu of all traditional Yazd restaurants. This stew is the same as Khorest-e Gheymen, but there are some differences in their ingredients. Accordingly, they use chickpeas instead of split peas and in the traditional form it is not common to use tomato paste but today some people use it in their dish.
Ingredients: Lamb Meat, Onions, Peas, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Turmeric
Ash-e Gandom is a local Yazd food that is traditionally cooked during winters and mourning of Muharram (commemoration of Imam Hossein’s martyrdom). It is a kind of thick soup that has different names in the cities of Yazd province, such as Ash-e Halim, Jah Jah, Shab Esfandi, and Ash-e Imam Hussein. Besides, cooking this Yazd typical food has a special ceremony.
There are some cooking styles for preparing Ash-e Gandom. In the some of them they use chickpeas, beans, peeled wheat, greens and spices, while in the other, they also use lentils and mung beans. They finally decorate it with fried garlic, onion and mint and Kashk (a kind of sour yougert). Allthogh, there is no meat in this traditional food’s recipe, nowadays, minced beef is added to it. Generally the ingredients of this traditional Yazid soup are slightly different in each region.
Ingredients: Wheat, Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Mug Beans, Onion, Garlic, Dried Mint, Kashk, Greens, Herbs, Spices, Lamb Meat (Optional)
Khoresht-e Beh Aloo
One of the most delicious dishes of Yazd is ” Khoresht-e Beh Aloo”. As this local Yazd food contains plum and quince fruits, it has sour-sweet taste. The particular flavor of this stew has made it popular among the locals and the tourists. Due to the use of fruits in this dish, it is a seasonal stew that is mostly cooked in the fall. To prepare this food, the locals, at first cook the lamb meat and split-peas separately. Then, they add spices, plum, quince, and tomato paste. Sometimes they add some sugar to make the stew sweeter. Finally they serve the dish with rice.
Ingredients: Lamb Meat, Plum, Quince Fruit, Split Peas, Tomato Paste, Herbs, Spices, Sugar (Optional)
Abgoosht-e Tamateh Bademjan
“Tamateh” means Tomato, Bademajn means Eggplant and Abgoosht-e Tamateh Bademjan is a nutritious traditional broth of Yazd. To prepare this Yazd food, the locals first fry mutton with onions and turmeric and add the chickpeas or split peas and let them cooked. Then, they add the fried eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes and spices to the pot. Finally, they pour tomato paste, cinnamon, and black cumin, and decorate the dish with fried dried mint.
Ingredients: Mutton, Onion, Pepper, Turmeric, Potato, eggplant, Tomato, Split Peas or Chickpeas, Tomato Paste, Cinnamon, Black Cumin, Dried Mint
Tas Kabab-e Shotor (Camel Meat Stew with Potatoes)
Tas Kabab-e Shotor is a unique local Yazd food which contains camel meat and potatoes. Regarding the “warm nature” of the camel meat, it is cooked in the winters. To prepare this stew, the locals, at first, cook the chopped camel meat, then they add potatoes, tomato paste, and the spices and let it cook. Traditionally, Tas Kabab-e Shotor is served with local bread.
Ingredients: Camel Meat, Potatoes, Onions, Tomato Paste, Spices
Although tea is considered the traditional Iranian drink, Yazdi Coffee is a delicious Iranian-style coffee indigenous to the city of Yazd. This traditional Yazd drink is a witness to the cultural interactions of the locals, who have made changes in the process of making it and have created a new type of coffee. Over the centuries, this local drink has become a part of Yazd culture and customs. Furthermore, Yazdi Coffee, or Mourning Coffee, as its name implies, is mostly served in mourning and religious ceremonies. Although the documents show that the production of this coffee dates back to the Qajar period, some consider it even older than tea. To Prepare this local drink, the locals mix the coffee, water and sugar and let it boil for 40 minutes. Then, they add a little cardamom, rose water, cinnamon and Nabat (rock candy). Finally, they brew the coffee for 6 to 8 hours. Due to the use of a lot of sugar and rock candy in this local drink, it is very sweet.
Ingredients: Coffee, Sugar, Cardamom, Rose Water, Cinnamon, Nabat (rock candy)
In addition to the diverse, delicious food, Yazdi people are used to cooking different kinds of sweets from old times. Insofar as Yazdi sweets (Shirini Yazdi) has become the signature of the city. Therefore, one of the joys of travelling to this city is tasting delicious local Yazdi sweets which and double the sweet memories of the trip. Join us to learn more about the local sweets in Yazd.
One of the most delicious, well-known and popular Yazdi sweets is Qottab. According to some documents, the history of this sweet dates back to the late Qajar period. Qottab consists of two parts, the crispy outer layer and the soft filling. To prepare Ghotab, the locals first make pastry dough with flour, oil, egg, milk and cardamom and meanwhile, they mix crushed almond, crushed walnut, powdered sugar and cardamom for the filling. Next, they put a small amount of the filling in a little dough and shape it into a small ball. Finally, they fry the pastries in oil and roll the sweets in pistachio powder, almonds powder and sugar. Notably, there are other versions of Ghotab with different ingredients and shape.
Ingredients: Flour, Oil, Egg, Milk, Sugar, Cardamom, Almond, Pistachio, Walnut
Pashmak (Persian Cotton Candy)
Pashmak, the Persian Cotton Candy, is one of the most delicious Persian sweets in Yazd. Even, it is believed that cotton candy is originated from Yazd, Iran. However, it is a traditional sweet in Tabriz as well. Pashmak is sweet like honey and soft like cotton, so everybody likes to taste it. To prepare this Persian sweet, the Yazdi confectioners mix sugar, flour, oil, cardamom and some flavours in a kind of machine where the ingredients are pulled gently to become thin threads. You can find Pashmak in different shapes and flavours that the most popular ones are plain, saffron, chocolate Pashmak. Also, you can try Pashmak with the traditional Persian ice cream. By the way, do not forget to try different kinds of Pashmak or buy it as the Yazd souvenir on your visit to this city.
Ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Oil, Cardamom
Baghlava Yazdi is a kind of Baklava that is a popular Iranian sweet. This Yazdi pastry is super sweet and moist with a wonderful aroma. Baghlava Yazdi consists of layers of dough and crunched nuts (pistachio, almond, and walnut) cooked together and covered with honey and syrup. This delicious Yazd sweet is flavoured by cardamom and rosewater. Traditionally, it is presented in small diamond-shaped cuts and decorated with crunched pistachio.
Ingredients: Flour, Egg, Honey, Sugar, Milk, Butter, Nuts (Pistachio, Almond and Walnut), Cardamom, Rosewater
Loz is a diamond-shaped Yazdi sweet, which looks like Baghlava. There are different kind of Loz that consist of sugar and a filling. The most popular ones are Coconut Loz, Almond Loz, Pistachio Loz and Saffron Loz. This traditional pastry is soft and very sweet and is mainly served with Persian tea. You can buy a colourful collection of all types of Loz plus Baghlava in a small metal box, as Yazd souvenir.
Ingredients: Sugar, Cardamom, Filling (Coconut, Almond, Pistachio, or Saffron), Rosewater (Optional)