The burning orb of the East
Is our honored guest tonight.
And the bright moon in this feast
With us will rest tonight.
Alert, vicious, stressed
Heavens dissolve and arrest.
The fields of final rest
Our final test tonight.
Clap your hands in surprise
Excited, with us rise.
Dance in our enterprise
While at our best tonight.
O sweet singer of love
Tell us the secrets of love.
Ecstatic music from above
Is our quest tonight.
Like a lion brave the way
Not like a fox run away.
Wheel of fortune as we pray
Our lives has blest tonight.
Like new grapes be not sour
Be sweet like nectar and flower.
In sugar and candy this hour
We will invest tonight.
The shining jewel that we sought
For which the whole world we fought.
Is in our own nest tonight
In our treasure chest tonight.
If you ask Shams-e Tabriz
The reasons that are all his.
Union in his breast tonight
At his behest tonight.
Olive oil, 4 tablespoons
Onion, 1 large, sliced
Bell peppers, 2-4 (various colors), sliced thinly
Garlic, 2 large cloves, minced
Boneless turkey, 900 grams, cut into large chunks
Mushrooms, 150 grams, sliced thinly
Tomatoes, 4 medium, halved
Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
Cornstarch, 2 teaspoons
Plain yogurt, 3/4 cup
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on high heat in a large pan. Add the onions and peppers, and saute them until they begin to soften and lightly brown.
Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more, until the garlic is fragrant. Remove the peppers, onions and garlic from the pan and set aside.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms and the turkey to the pan. Sear the mushrooms and turkey over high heat, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, until the turkey and mushrooms begin to brown. Reduce the heat to medium, return the peppers-and-onion mixture to the pan and mix well.
Add tomatoes to the pan, along with the lemon juice and black pepper. Mix well, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Stir the cornstarch into the yogurt and add to stew. Cook over low heat (do not let simmer or boil), stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens a little.
Serve with hot rice.
Health Benefits of Turkey
There are about 32 grams of protein in a 120-gram serving of turkey, making it a very good source of these essential amino acids. Just one serving of turkey provides 65 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein.
Eat a turkey sandwich for lunch and you’ll almost have your daily protein covered. Its protein content makes turkey a healthy meat choice.
A little-known health benefit of turkey is that it contains trace minerals thought to aid in cancer prevention. Turkey contains selenium, which is essential for the healthy function of the thyroid and immune system.
Selenium also has an essential role to play in your antioxidant defense system, helping to eliminate cancer-friendly free radicals in the body.
West Azarbaijan province has many natural attractions, including rivers, lakes, lagoons, caves and waterfalls.
The province hosts the largest number of migrating birds, ISTTA.ir wrote.
The biggest saltwater lake of Iran, Orumieh Lake, is situated in this province.
West Azarbaijan is one of the mountainous regions of Iran. Its climate diversity has given rise to various natural attractions.
The province is affected by the humid air of Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea though in some months of winter, cold weather pervades this region.
Other factors such as altitude, direction of mountain range, windiness and distance from the sea play an important role in rainfall and temperature experienced by the province. In winter, its mountainous areas are covered with snow that remains until the start of next year.
Due to its topography, West Azarbaijan features important ecosystems like forests and pasture.
Forests cover some parts of Piranshahr, Baneh and Mahabad, and most of the mountainous areas of Sardasht. They range from 60,000 to 80,000 hectares.
Trees of the region are as follow: wild pistachio, hawthorn, oak, maple, sorkhdelik and siahdelik.
The river is fed by water flowing from the heights of Maidan-e Gorg located 2,140 meters above sea level. After flowing through numerous valleys, it flows across Piranshahr and Sardasht, and flows into Iraq’s Tigris (Dejleh) River. The river and its deep valley are an excellent sightseeing spot.
This river is composed of two main branches and flows from the summits of Piranshahr and Sardasht. After following its course, it joins Orumieh Lake.
On the path of this river, a dam has been constructed, which supplies drinking water of the city as well as aids in the generation of hydroelectricity. There is also another dam 8 km from Miandoab at a place called Yousof Kandi and its water is mainly used for irrigation.
Aras River flows for about 135 km between the province of West Azarbaijan and the Republic of Nakhichevan. This river takes its source in the Bin-Gol Mountains of Turkey. After following its course, it ultimately flows into the Caspian Sea. The river has a length of 1,072 km.
Siminehroud River originates from the summits around Saqez south of Orumieh Lake. The main branch of which, namely Shetavehroud, is to the southwest of Dehshahr Kandi.
After flowing across Bukan, western Miandoab, and the fertile plains of Shamat, it flows into the swamps southeast of Orumieh Lake.
This river originates from the mountains of Chehel-Cheshmeh of Kurdestan.
After flowing through the western part of the vast alluvial plain of Miandoab, it divides into branches and ultimately flows into Orumieh Lake. The river is 300 km long and its river basin is spread over 1,100 sq. km.
On this river, a large dam, including a diversion dam named Norouz Mehr, has been constructed and is about 70 km from the city of Miandoab. Fishing is allowed in this river.
This lake is located at an altitude of 1,267 meters from the sea level. It has a length of 130-140 km, a width of 15-50 km and an average depth of 50-60 meters. Its waters are extremely salty, consequently the lake never freezes.
From olden times, local physicians made use of the water (because of its mineral content) for treating skin diseases and rheumatoid disorders.
The best season for bathing in these waters are from the end of June till the third week of August, when the lake begins to get cold.
Orumieh Lake has numerous islands, both large and small totaling 102 in number. The most important of these being Kaboudan (Qoyoun Daghi), Ashk, Espir and Arezou.
Kaboudan Island is one of the islands of Orumieh Lake. Most of its area is covered by shrubs, wild pistachio trees and tomato plants. With an area of 3,175 hectares, this island is located in the east of Orumieh. It has a stony and sandy coast and is suitable for swimming and water sports.
Shalmash Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls of West Azarbaijan province located in Sardasht region. There is a beautiful valley near this waterfall.
Chah-e Zendan Cave
This cave is located near Takab at a distance of 3 km from Takht-e Soleiman. It has result from volcanic activities. It is one of the natural and historical attractions of the region.
Kahriz Cave is located in Takab with a length of 3 meters and width of 3 meters. Every year about 100 mountaineering teams visit it. It is one of the important natural attractions of the province.
Agh-Gol protected zone
This protected zone is located between Maku and Poldasht. Different Animals live in this region. In addition to its natural ecosystems, there are hunting regions under the supervision of the Department of Environment. Some of these hunting regions are located in Khoy and Maku.
Algerian Praise For Iranian Handicrafts
Iranian handicrafts represent the civilization of the country, said Algerian Tourism Minister Mohammad bin Moradi.
Speaking on the sidelines of Iran’s pavilion at the 17th International Algeria Handicraft Exhibition, Moradi said the beautiful and magnificent handicrafts of Iran are well known in the world.
He called for expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries in the field of tourism and handicrafts, hoping that more cultural and artistic expositions will be held by Iran and Algeria in the other country, IRNA reported.
Moradi said Iran’s pavilion in the exhibition has been warmly received by the Algerian people who have deep interest in Iranian handicrafts.
Artworks of some 306 artists from Algeria, Iran, Syria and Indonesia are on display in 41 pavilions of the exhibition.
The report added that 16 Iranian artists are showcasing their works in the fields of woodcarving, marquetry, stone carving, painting, carpet tableau, glassworks and engraving.
Concurrent with the exhibition, the Iranian Handicraft Week is underway in in Algiers’s permanent grounds of international exhibitions from Nov. 4-13.
Razi Alam Al-Hoda, economic advisor of Iran’s Embassy in Algeria, said last week that holding Iran’s Handicraft Week in Algeria is a good opportunity for Iranian craftsmen to show their valuable achievements.
“Iranians, who are the friends of Algerian people, have a great interest in culture and art, while various groups of Algerians always welcome Iran’s cultural events held in their country,” he said.
Hamedan Attracts Chinese Tourists
Tourism sites and cultural heritage of Hamedan province are attractive for Chinese tourists, said China’s ambassador to Iran.
Speaking in a meeting with officials of the province, Yu Hongyang said the visit of Chinese tourists to the province not only will help expand ties between Hamedan and the cities of China, but also prepare the ground for businessmen and traders of the country to make investment in the province.
Referring to Hamedan as a beautiful province that has made significant development, he referred to the objective of his visit to the province as getting acquainted with its commercial capabilities and culture.
Yu called on Iranian businessmen to promote their commodities properly to help Chinese traders get familiar with their economic capabilities.
The Chinese ambassador said expansion of bilateral economic cooperation will lead to development of both countries.
Iran will export $1.5 billion worth of handmade goods during the current Iranian year (started March 20) and register a 30-percent rise compared to the figure of last year, a state body predicted.