Persian cuisine is ancient, varied and cosmopolitan. Eating habits and products from ancient Greece, Rome and many Asian and Mediterranean cultures have influenced and are affected by this unique cuisine.The ancient philosophy of cold and hot food is linked to ancient Zoroastrian religion of Achaemenian and Sasanian. This philosophy once was shared with other civilization including China, India and the medieval West. The description "hot" or "cold" doesn't relate to the temperature of the food but rather to the effect the food has on your body.

Typical Persian main dishes are combinations of rice and meat, such as lamb, chicken, veal and vegetables such as onion, various herbs, and nuts. To achieve a balance taste, characteristic Persian flavorings such as saffron, dried lime, cinnamon and parsley are mixed delicately and used in some special dishes. The idea is that our bodies need a balance of both cold and hot to function at their best.