(Persia Digest) – The halim cooking ceremony in Eghlid, Fars Province, is a family occasion to usher in the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, on the spring equinox. This is an old tradition that takes place beginning of March every year. The event was held in an old house in the city this year together with a display of Iranian handicrafts and joined in by tourists.
Monica Greenwald, a visitor from Switzerland at the ceremony, said: “This was my best experience in Iran. I stirred the halim stew pot before eating it and people welcomed me with the most beautiful gifts.”
Eghlid mayor, Akbar Massoudi, commented: “We are trying to have the ceremony, which is attended by both Iranian and foreign visitors, registered as a national heritage to witness the growth of tourism in our town.
Halim is a traditional Middle Eastern dish cooked with various recipes in every country; but, it usually contains beef, wheat, or barley. Pearled wheat is used in the recipe, cooked together with beef shank, onions, and a little cooking oil. It is eaten sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.