Bak­ing up a ‘bless­ing’ in Tehran

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TEHRAN: They bake what Ira­ni­ans call “the barakat (bless­ing) of the ta­ble”, and it is eaten for break­fast, lunch and din­ner – tra­di­tional breads are a sta­ple of the Ira­nian diet. Bak­eries are easy to lo­cate in ur­ban cen­ters of Iran where all one has to do is spot a queue spilling onto side­walks or sim­ply de­tect the ir­re­sistible scent of freshly baked flat­breads.

Ex­clu­sively the job of men in the Is­lamic repub­lic, bak­ers get up well be­fore the crack of dawn while ev­ery­one else is still asleep. Dressed in all-white cloth­ing that can in­clude caps, they hail from across the coun­try and are usu­ally made up of eth­nic Az­eris, Kurds and Lurs. The walls around them are a patch­work of flat­breads in four dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes – bar­bari, lavash, san­gak and taftoon. —AFP (See Page 15)


TEHRAN: This com­bi­na­tion of pic­tures cre­ated on June 24, 2020 shows Ira­nian bak­ers in the cap­i­tal (from left) Mo­ham­mad Abdi pos­ing with lavash bread; Mo­ham­mad Mirza­khani pos­ing with taftoon bread; Ali pos­ing with san­gak bread; Es­mail As­ghari pos­ing with bar­bari bread; and Hasan pos­ing with fan­tezi bread.

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