Happy New Year, friends!
I know what you’re thinking – I’m a few months late, right? Well actually, there’s another New Year I like to celebrate: Persian New Year aka “Nowruz” (pronounced No-rooz). It’s especially perfect if January 1st didn’t treat you too well (ahem, remember that hangover?) Persian New Year always starts on the first day of spring, March 20th, and lasts for 13 days.
Nothing tastes more like spring than this fragrant Persian herb frittata called “Kookoo Sabzi” (kookoo means frittata / omelet / quiche, and sabzi means herbs in Persian). It’s one of the many traditional dishes that graced the holiday dinner spread at home. With this recipe, you can jump in on the Persian New Year party and make this for your friends. It’s perfect for vegetarians or dairy-free eaters too!
Unlike most Persian recipes I grew up eating, this recipe is actually simple and relatively fast. Although it takes some work to chop up the herbs (more on that below), the mixture comes together in less than a minute. Just stir together the eggs, herbs, berries, nuts, and spices. Pour it into a nonstick pan and cook for ~20 minutes. That’s it!
Chop it out
This recipe requires some elbow grease, so grab that chef’s knife and take out any stress on these herbs. You’ll need to roughly chop up the cilantro, Italian parsley, leeks, and dill. If you have some leftover iceberg lettuce, you can add that in too. It’ll lighten up the color of the kookoo. Your kitchen will smell *so* fresh, you won’t regret it.
And while it may seem tempting, your food processor is better left alone for this recipe. Using a food processor will draw out the moisture from the herbs and cause the mixture to be too wet. Chopping the herbs is really the only time consuming part of this recipe. You’ll have plenty of time to clean up while the frittata cooks!
Serve it up
Kookoo Sabzi is best served warm, and can easily be reheated in the microwave or stovetop if enjoying it the next day. I like to dig right in while it’s still hot, but you can also serve it at room temp. I love eating a slice with a dollop of Greek yogurt. It’s traditionally served with Salad Shirazi, a simple chopped salad of cucumber, tomato, and sweet onion, tossed in a lemon juice and olive oil dressing. Add some pita or lavash bread, if you’d like. Make it your own!
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