Countdown to Norouz 1394

Countdown to Norouz 1394

It’s March and it’s time to begin our countdown to Norouz!

Khooneh Tekooni خونه تکونی (spring cleaning) is traditionally done a few weeks before the arrival of Norouz. It’s really a thorough cleaning from the top of your house to the bottom! It’s a good time to donate unused items and tend to those ignored windows and curtains.

Usually two weeks before Norouz is a good time to start growing your Sabzeh سبزه (sprouts).

 

Cake Yazdi

Cake Yazdi

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CakeYazdiHere’s the recipe I used to make these yummy Persian Cake Yazdi Cupcakes (recipe by Najmieh Batmanglij)

Ingredients

4 eggs, separated (room temp) 
1 c sugar 
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 
1 c plain yogurt
1 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp ground cardamom 
1 Tbs rose water (optional) [I used it] 
1/4 c rice flour
2 c sifted all-purpose flour 
2 tbs ground pistachios 

Directions

Preheat over to 350.

Blend egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl for 5 minutes until creamy.

Add melted butter, yogurt, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom, rose water, and gradually add both types of flour; beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks and fold one third into the flour mixture using a rubber spatula before folding in the rest.

Pour the batter into individual cupcake molds, greased or lined with papers.

Sprinkle each cupcake with ground pistachios.

Place the cupcake pan in the center of the oven and bake for 20-35 minutes, or until golden.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool a little. Remove the cupcakes from the pan, and cool them on a wire rack. Store them tightly in an airtight container.

Number of Servings: 24 cupcakes

Squash (Kadoo) Vegetarian Side Dish

Squash (Kadoo) Vegetarian Side Dish

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a healthy and vegetarian side dish. The measurements were estimated as I normally don’t measure while cooking. But you get the idea ;-)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4-5 Squash and Zucchini کدو
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • A dash of Cinnamon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Fried Onions (piaz daagh) پیاز داغ

Cut up zucchini and squash and simmer in a pan with a little bit of water and olive oil. Add in all the other ingredients and cook on low for 10 mins or until squash is cooked. Don’t over stir as to avoid mashing the squash and zucchini. The amalgam of flavors and spices is what makes this dish delicious. Enjoy and noosheh jan!

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Albaloo Polo (Sour Cherry Rice and Meatballs)

Albaloo Polo (Sour Cherry Rice and Meatballs)

My friend has kindly shared appetizing pictures of her Albaloo Polo. She followed this recipe ALBALOO POLO , except she added more saffron and homemade advieh (spice).albaloo poloMEATBALLS:

For the meatballs she mixed finely grated onions, ground beef, chickpea flour, salt, black pepper, and red chili flakes. and fried them. Then she put the cooked meat balls in the remaining cherry glaze prepared from the aforementioned Albaloo Polo recipe to soak up the sour cherry flavor. 

1662048_10152724776958004_240781866240189555_nFor those who can’t get a hold of sour cherries, you can substitute the sour cherries from Sour Cherry Jam, although that tends to make it a bit sweeter. My suggestion would be to give the sour cherries from the jam a quick rinse in water before using.

Kotlet – Persian Beef Patties

Kotlet – Persian Beef Patties

I remember as a child that whenever my non-Persian friends wanted to come over my mom would resort to making Kotlet for us because my friends loved it so much. It seems to satisfy all palates, even for the most picky eaters. It makes a great food to pack for school lunches and picnics since they taste equally delicious hot or cold. You can even heat one up in the middle of the day for a filling midday protein snack. So without further ado, here’s my Persian Momma recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 8-10

2 pounds Ground Beef (you can substitute Ground Turkey for a leaner patty or mix 1 lb of Beef with 1 lb of Turkey)
3 large Potatoes, cooked, peeled and grated
2 Eggs
1 large Onion, finely grated (I use a food processor)
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
Salt and Pepper to taste (make sure to always start with a little salt and adjust accordingly)
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Chickpea Flour (optional but I like to add it in because it prevents the mixture from falling apart)
Plain Bread Crumbs (If your bread crumbs are salted, make sure not to over-salt the beef mixture)

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PREPARATION:

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the bread crumbs (those will be used for coating) and mix well.
  2. Take a scoop of the mixture, flatten into an oval the size of your palm. Make the patties equal sizes for equal cooking times.
  3. Cover both sides of each patty in dried breadcrumbs.
  4. Fry the patties in hot oil in a frying pan, until brown on both sides.
  5. Remove from pan and allow the patties to cool on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

Kotlet tastes delicious all in itself but is usually served with tomatoes, pickles, cucumbers, onions, bread, and ketchup. Noosheh jan konid (Bon a petit)!

Persian Storytime

Persian Storytime

Now you can enjoy a Persian Story time online with your kids through the talent of a fellow Persian Momma with a beautiful voice.

To listen to the audio file, please click the link below

http://kiasedighi.com/farsistory1
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بارباپاپا عوض می شود !!!!!
بارباپاپا مجموعه کتاب و سریال کارتونی قدیمی و خاطره انگیز در دهه هفتاد می باشد که به زبان فرانسه نوشته شده که بعدها به بیش از 30 زبان ترجمه شد.

Barbapapa is both the title character, and name of the “species” of said character, of a series of children’s books written in the 1970s.The books were originally written in French (barbe à papa – literally “Daddy’s beard” – is French for cotton candy or candy floss), and were later translated into over 30 languages.

International/Multicultural Day at Schools

International/Multicultural Day at Schools

Often schools have a “Multicultural Day” or “International Day” of some sorts where children are encouraged to present their culture and heritage through dance, music, food, posters, and such. Here you can enjoy the creations of fans and friends of Persian Momma that have kindly shared their projects. Great job to the families for carrying on the importance of keeping with tradition and keeping it alive and a big round of applause to the children who proudly share their heritage and help their parents represent our beautiful culture.

Aiden from Dubai (age 7) and his mom did an amazing job with the collaborative efforts of other Persian families from the school presenting the culture through the colors of the flag, pictures of the variety of different climates of Iran, the delicious food, and desserts, the hand-woven rugs, replicas of ancient Persian artifacts, handcrafts, earthenware, and the traditional Samovar. I love that they even have a traditional Persian instrument, the Sitar.They borrowed some of the decorations from local stores (which is a fabulous idea!) and catered some of the food and desserts for the event. Overall, this was meticulously done and I can’t believe it was their first year doing it!

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From WA state in the USA, we have Keeyan (age 9) and his parents who had the difficult job of representing Iran all alone to the school while many other nationalities were represented by larger groups. WIth their beautiful spread, abundance of food and thoughtful decorations one would definitely think there were at least a few more families involved.  I love that they had “lebasseh mahalli” (traditional clothes) and the Sofreh Haft Seen to include in their display. Thank you for sharing with us!

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All the way from snowy MA, USA we have a beautiful poster board made by 8 year old twins, Ariana and Ryan. They did a great job summarizing their rich heritage through a  well-thought out poster board showing the pre-revolution flag of Iran, the geographic location, and facts about well-known landmarks such as Persepolis, and Chehel Sotoun and artifacts like the Cyrus Cylinder. Wonderful poster!Poster

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Do you have any pictures to share from your multi-cultural/international night? Would you like to show off your child’s or children’s proud display of culture on Persian Momma? Please send me a comment or message through the blog or the Persian Momma Facebook page. As always, thanks for reading! Ba Tashakkor :-)

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So here are some pictures from our Multicultural night. We only have two families that are Persian at our school (one being my own) and the other being our neighbor, whose beautiful table was featured above. However, since two Persian Mommas are even better than one, I think we did a beautiful job presenting this year to show true Persian hospitality. I made the desserts and my neighbor made the food and brought the poster and decorations. Together we pulled off what friends thought was a beautiful ensemble. Enjoy!

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Pool Party Cake

Pool Party Cake

 

If you like baking your children’s cakes or are looking for inspiration for a pool or beach party, here are some ideas. I made beach cupcakes by cutting the tops off the cupcakes and frosting them with blue frosting. I used a food processor to create the sand from graham crackers and dipped half the cupcake into the “sand”. I then cut up strips of fruit roll up and added a teddy graham that’s obviously having a better time than I ;-) Add a few umbrellas and voila, you will be your kid’s favorite mom! Oh, ok, you already were. Fine.

To add variety I made some seashells using white chocolate that I melted and put into molds. I added some edible gold luster for some shine.

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

So here’s a recent question from a reader of the blog: “Any ideas for Persian Valentine? Thank you!”

Thank you for your question! If you are looking for something to treat your Valentines to, may I suggest a Persian Love Cake.

And for kid-friendly crafts, maybe using the words عشق eshgh (love), دوستت دارم dooset daram (I adore you) on available crafts would add a touch of Persian to your Valentines. Also using Persian Cats with a tagline of you are Purrfect would be cute:

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Here are some Valentines treats we made for my kids’ classmates and for the teachers. For the teachers I bought heart-stamped wine glasses, filled them with their favorite chocolates and wrapped them in cellophane.

For my daughter’s class I bought a bunch of heart-shaped party favor boxes (from the wedding aisle at Michaels) and filled them with m&ms.

And for my sons’ classes I bought a bunch of rulers, made some homemade tags saying You Rule, and voila! We’re done :-)

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I hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love, laughter, health and joy. Love comes in many forms and to have love for someone and not show it would be like buying them a present and not giving it to them. So show and express your love and gratitude for the ones you care about, your friends, relatives, teachers, family, spouse, or partner and spread the Valentine’s cheer.