New year recipes

Ash Reshteh (Vegetable and Noodle Soup)

Ash Reshteh is a thick vegetable and noodle soup which is traditionally prepared to welcome the Persian New Year and noodles are believed to bring good fortune for the following year. There are many different kinds of Ash in Iran but Ash Reshteh is the most famous and popular one among all. It is mostly served with whey and sometimes with vinegar.

Cake Sharbati (Syrup Cake)

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This moist and tender cake is a real tea-time treat. It makes a perfect dessert for a cup of steaming tea. The syrup is made with saffron and cardamom that give it a Persian taste and aroma. It´s a bit tricky to make this cake because it has a soft texture, and after pouring the syrup, it´s difficult to cut it into pieces. But don´t worry, because in this recipe I tried to cover all the tips and tricks that I know to make it ideally.

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Mahi Shekam Por (Stuffed Fish)

Fish represents life, so fish dishes figure prominently at meals during Nowruz, the two-week Persian new year celebration that begins with spring. Most of the dishes served during Nowruz or Norooz holidays have herbs as a symbol of rebirth, or fish that represents life. There are other Norooz Specialty dishes such as Noodle Rice , Herb Omelette or Herb Rice with Fish that I have posted their recipes before. Mahi Shekam Por is originally from northern Iran, but its a popular dish all around the country. The stuffing is generally made with pomegranate paste, walnuts and herbs, but this recipe is a simpler version that makes an exceptionally delicious […]

Tupak-e Khorma (Date Balls)

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These delicious date balls are an easy and quick snack that need no baking and are perfect to keep you going throughout the day. They are quite healthy and nutritious thanks to the nuts and dates used in the recipe, and still super sweet without even adding any sugar! Although dates are approximately 50% sugar, eating dates does not have an effect on blood glucose levels like refined sugar. To garnish these date energy balls I used walnuts, pistachio, coconut and dried rose petals, but feel free to replace them with any other nuts you prefer or you have in home.

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Reshteh Polow (Rice with Noodles)

Reshteh Polow is one of the two main dishes that are traditionally served in the evening of the Persian new year (Norooz). It is believed that by eating Reshte Polow on new year, you can grab hold of your destiny for the coming year. This dish is originally from Azerbaijan province of Iran and is quite easy to cook. You can find reshteh noodles or toasted noodles at most Middle Eastern markets. It is a thin, flat pasta that kind of resembles cappellini or fettuccine.