Saturday, 25 May 2013

Dizi - A Traditional Iranian Dish at Parsia Restaurant in Taman Universiti, Johor Bahru

Dizi-Johor-Bahru

One of the greatest joys of food hunting for Johor Kaki blog is to stumble upon unique dishes that I would have otherwise never have a chance to try. Today, I want to share with you, Dizi - a unique traditional Iranian staple available at Parsia Restaurant in Taman Universiti in Skudai, Johor.

Dizi also known as Ābgusht (Persian: آبگوشت‎) which literally means "water meat", is a traditional Persian/ Mesopotamian mutton stew eaten with flat bread (naan). Dizi is served at Parsia Restaurant at RM12.

Amin, the boss of Parsia Restaurant, told me that this dish is commonly called Dizi, which means "stone" because it is traditionally made and served in crocks made of hollowed out rocks.

Dizi-Persian-Johor-Bahru

Nowadays, Dizi is served in much simpler aluminium pot, and pestle and mortar set.

Persian-Dizi-Johor-Bahru

Dizi stew is made with mutton, chickpeas, kidney beans, onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, turmeric, and spices. The streaky meat and vegetable ingredients are cooked together for hours until it becomes an oily stew.

Persian-Dizi-Johor-Bahru

Amin showed me how Dizi is enjoyed. Amin demonstrated how the broth is strained from the meat and vegetables. The broth is drained into the aluminium saucer using the cap as the strainer. 

Persian-Dizi-Johor-Bahru
 
Dizi is then eaten by dunking pieces of the freshly baked flat bread in the rich sweet and savoury broth.

 
Persian-Dizi-Johor-Bahru

The tender meat and vegetable solids are then mashed in the small aluminium container using the aluminium pestle. The meat and vegetable are pressed into a paste.

Persian-Dizi-Johor-Bahru

The meat and vegetable paste is spread on a piece of Iranian flat bread before eating. I found Dizi a delicious and interesting dish.

Naan-Johor-Bahru

The freshly baked flat bread at Parsia Restaurant is one the best that I have tasted so far.

Naan-Johor-Bahru

The flat bread is freshly made right there at the restaurant.

Naan-Johor-Bahru

The flat bread is baked using a clay oven or tandoor.

Naan-Johor-Bahru

Dizi is a delicious traditional high calorie, high cholesterol staple to provide the needed energy for the heavy physical activity in the Iranian crop fields.

Give it a try. It's delicious and a fascinating Iranian dish.

Parsia-Restaurant-Taman-Universiti-Johor

Restaurant name: Parsia Restaurant
Address: 63-01, 64-01, Jalan Pendidikan 4, Taman Universiti, Skudai, Johor Bahru
Map:
http://goo.gl/maps/dwA8d
GPS: 1.545076,103.629237
Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Halal


Dates visited: 16 Dec 2012, 16 May 2013

3 comments:

  1. i ove when they made it in tandoor oven since i've no idea how come it did't fallen down....
    berver had dizi before, tempting to give it a try..

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  2. hi! is the shop situated beside ayam penget pinang and bibik?

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  3. Not sure about that. Check the attached map and GPS.

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