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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pouria is one of the coolest Iranian/Canadian friends that I've made in Toronto when I came here in 2003. Since last Summer, he's in Afghanistan as a Red Cross translator/volunteer. He writes an interesting weblog and recently has started a photo stream on flickr too.

Anyway, on Monday I was reading through his recent weblog entries when I hit his Weekend in Samarqand post where he explains among other things how the kebabs in Central Asia are much better than in Afghanistan. Later he made another post with photos of said kebabs. Damn, they look delicious!

Got past it and continued reading email, where I found a friend posting to an Iranian list this article about History of Most Famous and Most Popular Iranian Dish, Chelo-Kabab. I couldn't wait anymore. finished mail and some bug work and headed to the nearest Iranian restaurant with Hossein for a real Chelo-Kebab. Nothing to be compared to any of the photos though. Have got to go to the Iranian area of Finch and Yonge for a real treat sometime soon...

Yow! Those pictures are mouth-watering. I'm not sure if it was *called* kebab, but the best such dish I can recall eating was at a Yugoslav restaurant in Germany (near Stuttgart) 13 or 14 years ago; I don't think it came with rice, but rather with potato. (Which seems odd in retrospect; OTOH, that's the only Yugoslav restaurant I've ever been to, so I have little basis for comparison.)

Hey Behdad,

Thanks for the links. My blog visits actually increased tenfold!!!
That was an interesting article on kebab, but I don't think I agree with the thesis that kebab came to Iran during the Qajar rule. It must have been in Iran sooner. Firstly, because I've seen it in miniature paintings from the Safavid era and secondly because assuming that kebab actually came from the Caucasus, it must have arrived sooner because that area has been closely linked and generally a part of the Iranian political and cultural region for thousands of years.
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