Although Bread is almost everywhere made of simple ingredients like flour, water and yeast mixed together and baked but Persian Bread itself has many different kinds and flavors depended on the climate and the culture of the region it’s baked in. Sangak, Barbari, Lavash, Taftoon and shirmal (a kind of sweet bread) are some of the most popular bread eaten all over Iran.
Bread, a kind of food baked in different types of shape, flavor and color, which means everything needed to survive from dying of starving in Iran. From ancient ages bread was the most liked and eaten food in Iran. For example, the most liked way of eating “Kebab” is with greased bread which is really delicious. You can see this wonderful persian food in this picture.
Bread has a fixed position in Iranian breakfast. For example “Sangak bread” is the most popular kind of bread which is mostly everywhere used for breakfast. It’s baked on pebbles in special ovens. Warm, fresh-baked Sangak with special local cheese and nuts (and sometimes special vegetables) is the simplest, cheap but one of those delicate breakfasts in Iran.
Sangak was the first branny persian bread and was the most luxurious bread in ancient ages specially used by the royal family (Sassanian era). They say Sangak originates to the years 224-651AD.
Barbari is another kind of bread which name comes from an ancient Iranian tribe’s name. In the Qajar dynasty, there was a tribe living in the south of Tehran called “BarBar” who had their own kind of bread, now called “Barbari”. This type of bread is mostly baked with sesame.
Taftoon is baked in small villages of Iran and is much simpler to cook than other kinds of Iranian bread. Villager women bake them the time they want in their homemade ovens. They somehow stick the yeast to the walls of the borehole-like ovens so that the Taftoon’s thickness is about 5 millimeters.
Shirmal is a kind of sweet bread which thickness is between 1 to 2 centimeters. Despite other kinds of bread it has milk and yolk and is more like cake.
At last we have Lavash among the most popular bread in Iran. Lavash is the thinnest white bread which is eaten with each meal along a day. You couldn’t find Sangak or Barbari for your middle-day meal and you are addicted to Persian bread? Eat Lavash!
Most of the Iranian food is eaten with Persian bread or rice. Despite being starchy and not useful for fat people specially for those who don’t exercise, they are made up of healthy ingredients and at last are DELICIOUS. Try Iranian Food. You won’t regret it.