Mar 07

We’re about 12 to 13 days away from Saleh Tahvil. Sabze is one of the most important center pieces on the Haft Seen spread.

There are three types of seeds usually used to grow the Sabze for Norouz. Wheat, Lentils, and Mungs. I’ve decided to grow all three and see how fast and how pretty they grow. My general knowledge is that Wheat it takes roughly 12 to 13 days for it to reach a good height for your Haft Seen spread. Lentils take a little longer (3 days or so). Mungs should be the same as Lentils.

Day 1:

First the Lentils(Adas), Unpelted wheat(Gandom’e sabze), and Mungs (Mash) need to be soaked in water. Make sure you check on them since they tend to absorb the water quickly and bloat (I experienced this with the Lentils and the Mungs). Once that happens add more water because they should always be covered with water (Roughly an inch or maybe 1-2 centimeters).

Day 1 - Soaking stage

Day 1 - Soaking stage

Day 2:

Change the water for all three. Nothing else needs to be done today.

Day3:

This is the day that if you are using unpelted wheat or Lentils you should remove them from the water and and place them on a spread-out cotton cloth. You should cover it both on top and bottom. From here on out you would need to always make sure that you keep the cloth damp. No we wait for them to sprout and start their roots. Generally lentils take longer.

Now, if you are using mungs, you would need to only change the water for the mungs and not transfer them onto the damp cloths since the mungs will start sprouting under water, unlike the wheat and the lentils. So all you need to do on day 3 and day 4 for mungs is to change their water. By day three you can notice that it’s turning more and more white.

Day 3 - Transfer for 2, Soak for 1 !

Day 3 - Transfer for 2, Soak for 1 !

Day 4:

Keep the wheat and the lentils damp. And change water for the mungs.

Day 5:

By this day your wheat and lentils are ready to be moved to their final dish. In the new dish you will not need the cloth on the bottom and only need the cloth on top. Make sure you untangle the roots as much as possible (especially for the wheat because they get tangled together), this way you can make sure you have an even surface for the seeds to grow long and green.

For the mungs, you need to transfer them to a dish with a cotton cloth on the bottom and on the top of them and keep them moist. So the mungs have now reached the same stage that the lentils and the wheat just passed. So we can wait for the mungs to get a little stronger and then remove the bottom cloth in about another 2 days.

Day 5 is a good day!

Day 5 is a good day!

Day 6:

Nothing changes for this day. Mungs still should one to two more days to get stronger before we remove the bottom cloth. Keep the cloths damp and make sure there isn’t too much water present around the seeds.

Day 7:

More sprouts are showing for the Lentils and the Wheat. I’m beginning to have a feeling that the Mungs are not doing too well as their sprouts or their roots are not coming out as much as I hoped they would by now! I think tomorrow morning I’ll be removing the top cloth for the Lentils and the Wheat and let them see some “indirect” light.

Day 8:

Not much has changed. I can see that the sprouts are getting longer. I’ll remove the top cloth tomorrow and post pictures.

Day 9:

Today is the day I’m going to remove the top cloth because I can see that the wheat and the lentils have long green sprouts. See the picture. The mungs are still behind but once the sprouts come out I can remove the top cloth and let it see some light.

Wheat and Lentil sprouts

Wheat and Lentil sprouts

Days 10 - …. :

I will post a final picture of the sabze before eid is here. But from day 10 until the end (Seezdah be dar) you would need to spray it with cool water to keep your sprouts hydrated.

Have a wondering Norouz. Eide hamegi mobarak :)

Keep asking questions by commenting on this post. Also feel free to answer anyone else’s question. :)

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Jul 13

We were given some fish (Crappie) and wanted to try something different with it. I decided to create a citrus sauce for the fish and make some rice topped with saffron to serve it with.

Servings (3-4 people):
6 fish fillets

Ingredients for fish Marinade:
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Thyme Leaves

Ingredients for citrus sauce:
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
1 tablespoon grated orange/orange zest
1/2 cup brown sugar
saffron — Optional
salt, pepper, garlic powder — desired amount

crappie-oven-sweet-tangy

Directions:

Prepare your fish fillets and marinade. You will need to marinade the fish for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator. I chose to marinade my fish fillets overnight.

Once fish are ready to bake place in them in an oven safe dish and cover with foil. Pre Heat oven to 400°F. Place fish in oven and cook until ready, which will be approximately 30 - 35 minutes. Be sure to check if they are flaky and cooked since everyones oven is not the same.

While your fish is baking you can prepare your citrus sauce that you can use as a dipping sauce, or topping for the fish fillets. Begin by heating the water and adding the brown sugar to the water. Then add orange juice, oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and saffron (optional). Finally add your orange zest to the sauce and allow it to cook until it thickens a bit. Remember to occasionally stir the sauce.

I prepared white rice to go with this dish and added a bit of saffron rice to the top. I guess this was my way of giving it a Persian flavor.

When the fish was ready I topped it with a bit of the sauce and left some sauce for anyone who wanted to add more. The sauce went well with the rice too.

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May 23

beetrootsI know many of you probably don’t like beets…but Laboo is something else! I personally never thought I would find beets to be tasty, but even I found myself enjoying them.

Ingredients (2-4 people):
3-4 Large beets
1 cup water
2-3 tablespoons sugar

Directions:
Wash the beets and wrap them in foil. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (on bake) and place the beets (wrapped in foil) onto a baking sheet and in the oven. Let them cook for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

If you prefer to have your Beets without any added sweetness once you take them out of the oven you can peel the skin off, chop them up, and serve.

oven-baked-beets

However, if you prefer to have the Beets sweetened take them out of the oven, peel off the skin, chip them up, and place them in a pan. Mix together 1 cup of water with the 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. Pour the mixture over the Beets and cover the pan with a lid. Let them cook for approximately 10 minutes on med-low heat. You don’t want the water to dry up, so don’t let them cook too long. Take them out of the pan and serve.

boiled-beets

By adding the sugar/water mixture and cooking the Laboo a bit longer they become soft and sweeter.

Serve warm :D

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