Mazandaran Most Popular food and cuisines

Iranian dishes are very delicious regardless of the city or province they belong to. The variety of food in Iran is very large, and among them, the local dishes of each province are in a special place. One of the most famous and delicious local dishes belong to Mazandaran province and city of Sari. To get to know Mazandaran’s local dishes and to have more information about them, stay with us in this article.

City of Sari can be considered as one of the beautiful cities with pleasant weather in the north of the country. In addition to the clean climate and pristine nature, this city is also blessed with colorful and delicious foods that cannot be missed under any circumstances. The local dishes of Sari are very diverse and their taste is really unique.

When the name of Sari comes to mind, the image of the Caspian coast comes to mind. This proximity to the sea has made aquatic and especially fish to have a special place in the food basket of families. Fish markets can be seen in every city of this province and have many customers. Among the vegetable foods, eggplant is one of the most widely consumed. Pomegranate and garlic have a special place for flavoring food. Foods in Sari are mostly cooked with a sour taste. People usually use pomegranate paste and sugar to control its taste.

In this article, we will introduce you the most famous local foods of Sari.


Khoreshte Alo

Khoreshte Alo

Khoreshte Alo or Plum Stew or Mazandarani chicken and plum is another local dish of Sari. If you try it once, you will never forget its wonderful taste.

This stew is very tasty, and it is highly recommended for people who are interested in plums. You must try this delicious Mazandarani plum stew at least once. This local food of Sari city, is very delicious, and it is important to know exactly how to cook it.

The ingredients use in this dish are sliced ​​chicken, plums, sour pomegranate seeds, orange juice, onions, walnuts, and saffron. These ingredients give a sweet and sour taste to the food. But if the food tastes sour due to the presence of pomegranate and orange juice you can add some sugar to it. Plum stew is served with rice. Some barberry, pistachio slices and rosemary are usually used for decoration.


Morgh Shekam Por

Morgh Shekam Por

In the list of Sari local dishes, you can’t skip Morgh Shekam Por stuffed chicken. This dish is very tasty and has many fans. The ingredients use in this dish are chicken, walnuts, plums, ghee, saffron, barberry, lemon or orange juice, fried onions, sugar, salt, pepper, and herbs such as parsley, coriander, mint, and tarragon. All these ingredients are placed inside the chicken’s stomach and then boil properly.
The presence of these vegetables in stuffed chicken gives it a wonderful taste and adds more to the popularity of this dish.

Tahchin Gosht

Tachin Gosht or Beef Tahchin is usually cooked in many provinces and each region has a different cooking method. Tahchin is a backed rice cake with beef or chicken. Mazandaran beef Tahchin is very different from the Tachin you have tasted so far. It is worth trying at least once. The ingredients for this food are red meat, rice, potatoes, beets, onions, plums, salt, pepper and turmeric.

Consuming this food provides a high percentage of proteins needed by the body and has valuable properties. It is interesting to know that the people of Mazandaran cook this food in many different religious ceremonies and special occasions.




Malabij or Malata is one of the most famous and popular local foods of Sari. It has a very delicious taste and is usually eaten during dinner. Malabij is actually called stuffed fish that is grilled on firewood. But there are two basic points in cooking this food that distinguish it from other stuffed fish that you have ever tasted.

The spices and intermediate ingredients used in this dish are very important. Because the spices give it a very different taste. The second point is that cooking it on firewood will definitely make its taste more enjoyable.

It is better to prepare male white fish to cook this food. Because its meat is firmer and has a more delicious taste.
To prepare this dish, you must first clean the fish and after tearing its belly. Add ingredients inside the fish. Ingredients are walnuts, pomegranate paste, angelica, pepper, salt and local vegetables such as chochag.

If you don’t have access to firewood, you can cook this food in the microwave. If you are interested in seafood, you must try Malabij.



The name of this local food may sound a bit strange, but Espenasak is actually the same spinach stew that you may have eaten many times. Espenasak is the local name of spinach stew in Mazandaran. But its taste is completely different from all the spinach stew you have ever tasted.

The ingredients of this food are beef or mutton, garlic leaves, onions, spinach, local vegetables, various spices and water. You can also add carrots to it if you want. It is not bad to know that some parts of Mazandaran province use eggs instead of meat in this dish. Espenasak stew is very delicious and it is usually eaten with rice for lunch.

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