The traditional Iranian meal to serve on Norouz is sabzi polo mahi, herbed rice with fish. Never having made this before, I was a little intimidated. I pestered my mom with questions, and she tried to walk me through her recipe, but it was ultimately too vague for me to try and follow. After some googling, I found that plenty of other bloggers had tackled sabzi polo before. One of the best recipes I found was from Tannaz in Los Angeles, who explained the whole process so clearly, I felt silly for fretting in the first place! After recently checking her blog, it seems others from around the world flocked to her blog, searching for the perfect sabzi polo recipe.
I won't repost the recipe, but you can find it on Tannaz's blog. The final product was quite delicious, even though I didn't add as much oil as I should have and the rice was a bit too dry. The rice was so fluffy and soft, and the addition of all the herbs (I used a mixture of parsley, dill, and chives because I couldn't find fenugreek) made it so flavorful. I served the rice with oven-baked white fish that I seasoned with just safron, salt, and pepper. My apologies, dear readers, but the fish was devoured before I had a chance to photograph it!
In addition to her sabzi polo recipe, my mother also shared with me a recipe for a dish to make with the leftover herbs. The sabzi polo calls for 2 cups of the herb mixture, so it's quite easy to go herb crazy. With the leftovers, I made this yummy appetizer, called kuku (funny name, huh?). To make the kuku, you just mix the chopped herbs with eggsand cook on the stovetop, like a thick omlette. I mixed 1 cup of the leftover herb mixture (parsley, dill, chives) with 2 eggs, 2 shallots, 1 clove garlic, and salt and pepper. I served the kuku while as an appetizer to the sabzi polo mahi and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. Even though it wasn't the more traditional Norouz I'm used to, this year's new year was a beautiful opportunity to come together and share Iranian food with new loved ones.