WHAT WE’RE COOKING
Persian Cuisine in Celebration of Nowruz
Nowruz, which translates to “new day” in Farsi, is a holiday rooted in Zoroastrianism- once the official religion of Iran- has has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. Nowruz begins at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, when the sun crosses the equator and winter ends.
Feasts during Nowruz are highly symbolic: saffron rice packed with fresh, green herbs, advieh and rosewater lamb shanks and savory yogurt packed with mint, dill & rose petals are just a few of the feats on a traditional Nowruz table celebrating rebirth, renewal and fertility. This month’s spices include a pinch of a spice originating in Iran: saffron. We’ve also included a special blend of earthy, dried herbs, plus freshly ground advieh, a complex yet delicate spice blend that includes cinnamon, rose petals and angelica spices, just to name a few.
March’s Persian Inspired Spice Blends
A staple of Iranian kitchens, this spice blend mirrors the balancing, delicate flavors of Persian cuisine. Warming, not too sweet and not too spicy, this classic blend is created specifically for meat or bean khoresh (stews). Stir through rice or couscous or blend with oil or yogurt to create a rub for kabobs and grilled or roasted vegetables.
Famous for its vibrantly golden hue & most classically used in rice dishes, this spice is the most expensive in the world and also among the most flavorful and prized. We’ve included these delicate threads in tact, for grinding by hand. Add this freshly ground saffron to risottos, pilafs or vegetable dishes for a beautiful color & unforgettable flavor. Learn more about our saffron here.
Earthy, dried herbs are a central part of Persian cooking and are used in nearly every meal. We’ve included a blend of dill, mint, organic rose petals & peppercorns to create a traditional Persian yogurt dish. Serve alongside a hearty stew or main dish and add nuts or dried fruits, such as cranberries or walnuts, to make this mast-o-khiar even more delicious.
Mast-o-Khiar Herbs & Spices