The unthinkable Iranian ‘makaroni

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Pomegranates & Artichokes: Recipes and memories of a journey from Iran to Italy

By Saghar Setareh

Published 2023

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Some time in recent history, the modern form of Italian-ish pasta found its way into Iran. However, it’s a mistake to think that Iranians have been strangers to noodles and pasta in general. In fact, one of the oldest written records of noodles is lakhsha, known in Eastern parts of Iran and Afghanistan as lakhshak, supposedly ‘invented’ by the Sasanian King Khosrow. The same word travelled to Central Asia and Eastern Europe, becoming lapsha in Russia and laska in