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Watermelon on a hot day with Englisi Farsi

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Watermelon on a hot day- nothing beats it.

In Persian tradition there are some foods that are 'heating' and 'cooling' (garmí va sardí). This doesn't refer to their respective temperatures, but rather how these foods affect our bodies. Most Persian cuisine has a fine balance of both to create a well rounded and healthy meal. 

Hendúneh is considered a cooling fruit - perfect for a summers day!

Can you think of more cooling and heating foods?

Read some examples below of heating and cooling foods

Heating (Garmi) Foods

  • Herbs (except coriander)
  • Spices (except sumac)
  • Chicken and lamb
  • Dairy is generally cold (except goats cheese) 
  • Eggs
  • Most nuts
  • Vinegar
  • Wheat flour
  • chick peas, yellow split peas.
  • Honey

Cooling (Sardi) Foods

  • Most vegetables (except: carrots, radish, okra, onions, garlic, red and green peppers)
  • Most fruit (except apples, dates, quince).
  • Fish
  • Coffee
  • sugar
  • Rice
  • Barley
  • kidney beans, lentils

You can read more about heating and cooling foods as well as some tasty Persian recipes here:


For the first time, Persian and non-Persian parents can teach their children Farsi using the familiar phonetics of the English alphabet (finglisi). To cater to the next generation of multi-lingual and multi-national families, the series are available in printed book and e-Book form with interactive audio pronunciation and inviting, colourful images.

Englisi Farsi Bilingual Book Series

 The perfect gift for Persian New Year!

Hardcopy available in time for Norúz 2017. Order your now HERE


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