Guest Post: Happy Nowruz! (Persian New Year)

I'm so honored that Laura Kelley, the author of the book The Silk Road Gourmet and the Silk Road Gourmet blog, has asked me to do a guest post on her fantastic blog. This has been a wonderful opportunity for me to write about Nowruz (Persian New Year) which is the most celebrated occasion in Iran and to also share the recipe of one of my favorite Iranian dishes. Please read my guest blog post, here!  I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Eid-e Shoma Mobarak!

Kookoo Sabzi

Serves 4-6
2 cups  fresh parsley, chopped
2 cups  fresh scallions (green parts only), or  leeks, chives, chopped
2 cups  fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup  fresh dill, chopped
1 cup  fresh cilantro, chopped
5 large eggs
2 tablespoons barberries (zereshk) *optional
2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped  *optional
1/3 teaspoon turmeric
1-2 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper to taste
4-5 tablespoons vegetable oil/olive oil

  1. Clean and wash the vegetables. Chopping them by hand is the preferred and the traditional way. However, the convenient and the less time consuming way is to use the food processor. You may chop them finely but I only pulse it a few times. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs well with a whisk. Then add all the above ingredients except the oil and mix thoroughly until well blended. To this mixture add one tablespoon of oil and stir well.
  3. In an oven proof baking dish place the remaining oil. Gently pour the herb mixture into the dish evenly, cover lightly with an aluminum foil and place in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit pre-heated oven for 40-50 minutes.  I used a non-stick square muffin/baking pan for this recipe.
  4. Remove the foil half way through the cooking. Once cooked, remove from oven and let it cool for a few minutes before cutting it into small pieces. 
  5.  Place on a serving platter. It could be served hot or cold with warm bread and yogurt or mixed-vegetable pickles (torshi).


  1. Your sprouts look so fresh and happy. Just read the guest post you did--it was excellent. Eid e Nowruz Mubarak!

  2. Making it tomorrow! Thank you for the recipe and your good blog. Norouz Khosh Bashad!

  3. Happy Nowruz for you and family :) wishing you all the best in a whole year

  4. Just read your guest post, very informative :) , Your spouts are looking so lovely .

  5. love the sprouts on my way to read your post

  6. نوروز مبارک

    Nowruz Mubarak!


  7. eid e nowruz mubarik, azita joon! and congrats on this wonderful guest post! hugs shayma

  8. Happy new year to you too chica! i'm off to go check out your guest post!