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Serve these beautiful Persian recipes to celebrate spring Wine News

Many of us are counting down the days until the clocks tick forward on March 28, bringing with it lighter evenings and the prospect of an outdoor sunset. But what I was really looking forward to was the Persian New Year – known as Nowruz – which falls on March 20 this year.

I was born in Tehran and the Persian New Year is a big deal for my family and a real celebration of spring. It focuses on a feast of light, vibrant dishes with pounds of herbs and a glorious centerpiece of rice – the equivalent of the traditional Christmas turkey!

Since the party will be limited to my bubble this year, I’ve shared a simplified version of what I would normally serve. Fish, like rice, is a classic Persian New Year dish, and we love the chick.

There’s always a yogurt dish – the golden raisins in my Swiss chard version make it addictive; and the kuku, a bright green Persian frittata, uses the new season’s wild garlic.

Everything is served on platters, plates and bowls, filling the table with color and inviting everyone to feast – Persian style.

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The best Persian recipes to celebrate spring or the Iranian New Year 2022

This bright, fresh baby lettuce salad is tossed with a vibrant basil and mint vinaigrette topped with feta and Greek yogurt. Perfect all year round, but especially in spring and summer.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-11 11:13:52

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