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What is tahdig?
We're glad you asked! Tahdig means "bottom of the pot" in Farsi. The crispy, golden layer of basmati rice forms when the oil at the bottom of a pot of basmati rice sizzles with the rice, allowing it to become crispy. Hints of turmeric or saffron give tahdig its golden color. Once taken out of the pot, tahdig is usually eaten on its own, or is paired with a Persian stew. It is the most iconic of all the Persian dishes.
How is Baaz Bites' tahdig different than traditional tahdig?
Baaz Bites has revolutionized how tahdig is traditionally made and how it has historically been served. As opposed to preparing an entire pot of basmati rice to simply get one thin layer of crispy goodness, Baaz Bites is prepared by filling individual mini muffin pans with cooked basmati rice, creating a crispy outer rice cup and a chewy inner rice layer. In other words, Baaz Bites has upped the crispy rice to regular rice ratio.
Additionally, whereas tahdig was previously best served only immediately after its preparation (i.e. re-heating tahdig would cause it to lose its crispiness), our Baaz Bites are able to maintain their perfect quality and crispiness after being re-heated. Just pop them in the oven for 17 minutes and you've got yourself crispy deliciousness.
Gone are the days of having to fight over that last piece of tahdig at the dinner table. Gone are the days of having to endure the pain of chewy, not crispy, tahdig. Gone are the days of having to spend more than one hour making a pot of basmati rice just to get one thin layer of tahdig. Baaz Bites changes that all, and we can't wait for you to try them out for yourself!
Are all three Persian stews vegetarian?
While ghormeh sabzi, fesenjan and gheymeh are all normally meat or chicken based, our modern take on these Persian classics are all vegetarian. In fact, all three of our Persian stews are vegan! Instead of using meat, we use sauteed, diced cremini mushrooms in the Bean and 'Shroom Baaz. Whilst vegan, these stews are still packed with tons of plant-based protein. So if you've been spending hours and hours looking for vegetarian Persian stews, you've finally come to the right place.
What are the ingredients in the fesenjan (Pom Baaz)?
The ingredients in our fesenjan vegetarian Persian stews are sauteed onions, pomegranate juice, slow-cooked pomegranate molasses, Medjool dates, butternut squash, and toasted walnuts. Baaz Bites' fesenjan Pom Baaz is the truest representation of Persian food, as it's made using authentic Persian recipes and they're Persian-grandmother approved, an honor truly given to few.
What are the ingredients in the ghormeh sabzi (Bean Baaz)?
The ingredients in our ghormeh sabzi vegetarian Persian stew are sauteed onions, cremini mushrooms, red beans, fenugreek, coriander, parsley, leeks, sun-dried limes, and salt. Baaz Bites offers a unique, one-of-a-kind, vegetarian take on traditional ghormeh sabzi.
What are the ingredients in the gheymeh ('Shroom Baaz)?
The ingredients in our gheymeh vegetarian Persian stew are sauteed onions, tomato paste, split peas, cremini mushrooms, sun-dried limes, and salt. Baaz Bites' gheymeh vegetarian Persian stew offers the perfect balance of these ingredients and is the perfect craving satisfier when you're in the mood for Persian food.
It's my first time having Persian food. Which stew would you recommend?
That's like asking us to pick a favorite child! This is a tough one. While all three of our vegetarian Persian stews are equally delicious, the Bean Baaz is our top seller at the Brentwood Farmers Market in Los Angeles, where we got our start. Ghormeh sabzi is often referred to as the most iconic of the Persian stews because of its unique medley of Middle Eastern herbs, combined with red beans and hints of sun dried lime. However, you can't go wrong ordering the Party Sampler and receiving a trio of our three vegetarian Persian stews, which includes fesenjan (Pom Baaz), ghormeh sabzi (Bean Baaz) and gheymeh ('Shroom Baaz), as well as 36 crispy basmati rice cups.
How do I prepare my meal once I receive it?
For centuries, tahdig could only be eaten immediately after its preparation. Well, we decided to change up the entire playbook. Baaz Bites can be re-heated to get the basmati rice cups back to their original crispiness. Just place them on a baking sheet, and into a 350 degree pre-heated oven, for 17 minutes. While they're in the oven, place the stew in a small pot to simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Place your desired amount of stew on top of each crispy basmati rice cup, and you've got yourself your new favorite meal - a modern take on a traditional Persian classic.
Does Baaz Bites ship nationwide?
We do indeed! Place your order here and you can expect to receive your box of all things Persian deliciousness within two days.
Why hasn't Persian food gone mainstream?
Despite Persian food's incredible flavors, it is not a cuisine that has become readily available. First, its preparation is quite time intensive, as it often takes many hours to make the traditional Persian stews from scratch. Second, Persian chefs are notoriously famous for being quite secretive with their recipes. Third, Persian emigration to the United States following the Iranian revolution led to concentrated pockets of the Iranian-American community. As such, Iranian food-focused grocery stores, which are often the only places to find ingredients needed to prepare authentic Persian food, are located in only a few cities as opposed to present throughout the country. Baaz Bites is on a mission to introduce Persian food to all!
Where can I learn more about Persian food?
For all things Persian food related, whether you're looking to learn more about the most popular Persian dishes, the most unique Persian desserts, or the most refreshing Persian beverages, check out the Baaz Blog!