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Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

A Tally of the Cost of Dinner (in U.S.$)

The cost of the ingredients for my 'Children of Heaven' Iranian dinner are listed below. Keep in mind that the prices are based on buying everything new rather than using ingredients that I already had in my pantry. Of course there were lots of things left over for future meals, so the actual cost of the dinner based on the quantities of the ingredients used to make the dishes will be much lower than the grand total of stocking a pantry from scratch for preparing Iranian cuisine.

Specialty Ingredients:

Basmati Rice - 2.49
Cinnamon - .99
Dill - 3.35

Fresh Ingredients:

Lamb - 5.99
Ground Beef - 2.49
Chicken Breasts - 4.29
Spinach - 1.29
Yogurt - 2.49
Garlic - .44
Parsley - .69
Scallions - .59
Cucumber - .79
Tomato - .99
Lemons - .50
Tomato Sauce - .59
Onions - .83
Green Pepper - 1.29
Lentils - 1.29
Frozen Cherries - 2.50

Basics:

Cooking Oil - 2.49
Eggs - 1.89
Butter - 2.50

Wine - 3.34

Total in $US - 44.10