Saturday, 25 May 2013
Dizi - A Traditional Iranian Dish at Parsia Restaurant in Taman Universiti, 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.
Nowadays, Dizi is served in much simpler aluminium pot, and pestle and mortar set.
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.
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.
Dizi is then eaten by dunking pieces of the freshly baked flat bread in the rich sweet and savoury broth.
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.
The meat and vegetable paste is spread on a piece of Iranian flat bread before eating. I found Dizi a delicious and interesting dish.
The freshly baked flat bread at Parsia Restaurant is one the best that I have tasted so far.
The flat bread is freshly made right there at the restaurant.
The flat bread is baked using a clay oven or tandoor.
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.
Restaurant name: Parsia Restaurant
Address: 63-01, 64-01, Jalan Pendidikan 4, Taman Universiti, Skudai, Johor Bahru
Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Dates visited: 16 Dec 2012, 16 May 2013