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Celebrating Noruz (Persian New Year)

Celebrating Noruz (Persian New Year)


Spring has finally sprung (unless you live in Rochester, of course) and what better way to celebrate it than a New Year’s party? That’s right, New Year’s in March – well, Persian New Year, that is. Noruz takes place on the first day of spring and is an eventful holiday filled with traditions like jumping over fire and more importantly, tons of mouthwatering food. One of the best perks of being Persian is our innate inability to get together without sharing an insane amount of food. If you’ve never tried Persian food you have definitely been missing out. Here are some Noruz traditions and Persian dishes that you need to try ASAP.

Haft Sin

Photo by Parsa Lotfi

In Farsi, Haft means seven and Sin means the letter ‘s’, translating to “The seven S’s.” During Noruz it is tradition to set up a table with seven symbolic foods that start with the letter “s.” These items usually include vinegar (serkeh), sumac berries (somar), garlic (sir), apples (sib), wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), wheat pudding (samanu) and dried oleaster berries (senjed).

Ghormeh Sabzi

Photo by Parsa Lotfi

When I watch people eat Ghormeh Sabzi for the first time I usually say, “Alright, I know it looks like swamp water, but I swear it’s amazing.” As soon as you get past the not-so-appetizing look of this dish, you’ll be shoveling it in by the spoonful. One of the most popular Persian dishes, Ghormeh Sabzi which means “stewed greens,” is made with spinach, parsley, leeks, fenugreek, coriander, dried lemon and lamb or beef. Like most Persian foods, this stew is served over rice.

Tadeeg

Photo by Parsa Lotfi

Most people have a sweet tooth and spend a meal looking forward to dessert. I, on the other hand, am always the person at the table waiting for the rice to come out. A huge plate of rice will most certainly be found on any Persian dinner table, most importantly alongside the tadeeg. Literally translating to “bottom of the pot,” tadeeg is burnt rice seasoned with saffron. It adds the perfect crispy quality to any Persian stew. I’m notorious for sneaking extra pieces of this crunchy dish onto my plate at the dinner table because it is just that addicting.

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The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


The centerpiece of Nowruz observances is the Haft Sīn, a tablesetting of with seven symbolic foods all starting with the letter 'S'. These often include wheat, barley or lentil sprouts (sabzeh), a wheat pudding (samanu), dried oleaster berries (senjed), garlic (sīr), apples (sīb), sumac berries (somaq) and vinegar (serkeh). The table also includes other items like candles, mirrors, colored eggs and even goldfish bowls with live fish.

All kinds of sweets, pastries, nuts and sherbets are eaten in large amounts during Nowruz. Some of the more popular Nowruz dishes include:

  • Sabzi polo ba mahi -- rice tinted vivid green with herbs and served with fried fish. Served on New Year's day
  • Kookoo sabzi -- an herbed omelet
  • Reshteh polo -- chunks of lamb with rice and noodles
  • Dolmeh barg -- grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground lamb and
  • Shirin, or shekar polo -- a sweet rice pilaf.

The final day of Nowruz is a time for families to drive to the countryside for day-long picnics. People revel in the fresh and warming air. Because the next day, it's back to work.


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