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Norouz (Persian New Year)

Kuku Sabzi ~ Persian Frittata With Fresh Herbs
9 years ago

Kuku Sabzi ~ Persian Frittata With Fresh Herbs

Today’s post is the last of the recipes for the traditional meal consumed for Norouz.

Kuku Sabzi is by far my most favorite type of kuku.  This dish is …
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Chaharshabeh Souri ~ The Eve of The Last Wednesday of The Year
9 years ago

Chaharshabeh Souri ~ The Eve of The Last Wednesday of The Year

Tonight is a big deal in the Persian community. It is a night that many look forward to with much anticipation because there is much celebration in every household.  As a kid I always looked forward to the festivities of Chaharshanbeh Souri.  Small bonfires are set up for people to jump over the flames while reciting zardi-ye man az to, sorkhi-ye to az man, which loosely translated means “take my yellow and sickly color in exchange for your red color.” This is an old ritual which always takes place on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year.

This ritual is centuries old and is associated with Zoroastrianism.  The purpose of the phrase that is recited is to draw from the brightness and energy of the fire and release everything that is negative and sickly into the fire.

For me Chaharshanbeh Souri has not been the same since I left Iran. With this said, I have very fond memories of spending Charshanbeh Souri at my mom’s friend’s house Khaleh Firouzeh.  Her daughter, and my childhood friend, Leyla whom I have mentioned around here before on this post, used to have a great time jumping over the fire together.  I can’t say I have done anything as fun since moving to LA.  But I have tried not to miss the fun and actually jump over a candle and recite zardi-ye man az to, sorkhi-ye to az man.

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Sabzi Polow Mahi ~ Persian Herbed Rice with Fish
9 years ago

Sabzi Polow Mahi ~ Persian Herbed Rice with Fish

Norouz is only a few days away folks! Today’s post showcases yet another dish that it traditionally consumed for the Persian new year.  Last week I posted Reshteh Polow …
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Egg Coloring for Norouz
9 years ago

Egg Coloring for Norouz

I was having a conversation with my mom last week about how my grandma used to color eggs back in the days. I don’t have exact memories of how …
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Sabzeh: Norouz Sprouts
9 years ago

Sabzeh: Norouz Sprouts

One of the elements of Haft Seen is Sabzeh, sprouts.  Sabzeh is actually one of the first things that are prepared for the spread as …
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Asheh Reshteh ~ Persian Noodle Soup
9 years ago

Asheh Reshteh ~ Persian Noodle Soup

Asheh Reshteh is a delicious hearty soup that is part of the Norouz menu.  Reshteh in Farsi means noodles. This soup is made with Persian noodles which are flat, …
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Countdown to Norouz 2010

It’s March first today and for those of us who live outside of Iran means one thing: Norouz, Iranian New Year,  is right around the corner and we must …
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