Iran is the largest saffron producer in the world and there is no scent more evocative of the Iranian kitchen than saffron’s sweet, earthy, aroma. Famously heralded as the world’s [...]

Babak Rabiee, 23, Electrician.

I’m in my final year of Uni studying to be an electrician. I do bits of work around town already, fixing up people’s air conditioning units, doing the odd bit of work for businesses [...]

Behzad Nalbandi, 41, Film-maker.

My surname means horseshoe, the symbol of good luck. And I think I’ve pretty lucky in my life. I love having people round and cooking. My mates will often say “oh lets just get a [...]

Faezeh Khorasani, 32, Project Manager.

I had fish and chips for lunch yesterday. Yes, you can get fish and chips in Tehran. But it’s not as good as it is in the UK. There the chips are real fat proper chips. I love eating them [...]

Mehrma Sephangekhu, 65, retired book-keeper

I was born in Tehran and have lived here all my life. I went to university in 1969 to read accounting and whilst I was studying I worked part time as a book-keeper. That was how I met my husband, [...]

Roya Baighi, 55, farmer.

I learnt cooking from my mother-in-law. My own mother was a seamstress and being a working mum with six kids to feed she was always busy so didn’t have much time to cook. She would always [...]


These intense fudgy treats are a perfect sweet treat to end a meal with or simply to enjoy with a good cuppa. Makes 20 halva balls Ingredients 160g flour 80g sugar 100ml rose water 8 cardamom [...]

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