Iranian New Year Feast By Mandana Karimi | Full Course Meal For Nowruz

By Mandana Karimi

For your next Nowruz (Persian New Year) party, IFN (India Food Network) features celebrity Chef Mandana Karimi and her five course meal.


1.)Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi (Fish with Rice)

  • Long grain rice
  • Tilapia fish Butterflied
  • Chopped dill (fresh or dried)
  • Chopped Scallions
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Chopped Coriander
  • Turmeric
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Ground saffron
  • Lemon juice
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oil for frying

2.) Kuku Sabzi (Herb Omelette)

  • 4 Eggs
  • Fresh Dill
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Dried Mint
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

3.) Mast-o-Khiar (Yoghurt Dip)

  • Yoghurt
  • Cucumber
  • Dried mint
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

4.) Shirazi Salad

  • Red Onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemon Juice
  • Dried Mint
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper


1. Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi (Fish with Rice)

– Take water and boil it for some time.

– Once it has boiled then add a cup of soaked rice (long grained) to it.

– Then add chopped parsley, dill and coriander leaves along with spring onions (scallions). Mix it well and leave it for a few minutes.

– When the rice turns soft, then pour everything through a strainer in a big bowl.

– Add butter into the pan and then again put the rice for cooking and simmer for 5 Mins.

– Add saffron dissolved with hot water to the rice in order to give it a colour.

– Let the rice happen.

– Garnish with saffron with water and mix it for the final time.

– Take a tilapia fish and start marinating it.

– Apply salt, black pepper, turmeric powder, lemon juice and saffron.

– Cover the fish with aluminum foil for about 4-5 Mins.

– Then take oil in a pan and let it heat.

– Add the fish in the hot oil for frying purpose. Fry both sides nicely.

– Take it out in a plate coated with tissues to remove the excess oil.

– Ready to Serve with other food accompaniments.

2. Kuku Sabzi (Herb Omelette)

– Take chopped parsley, dill leaves, coriander leaves and spring onions (scallions) in a bowl.

– Break in the egg yokes.

– Add salt to taste, black pepper and turmeric powder over the mixture. Mix it all.

– Pour the mixture into a pan with hot oil. Spread it around nicely.

– Cover it with a lid for about 5-6 Mins.

– Once it’s done flip the pan and take it out on a plate.

3. Shirazi Salad

– Take chopped tomatoes, cucumber and onions in a bowl for the salad.

– Add dried mint, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix it up.

– Put a pinch of salt and dried mint leaves. Give it a mix again and its ready.

4. Mast-o-Khiar (Yogurt Dip)

– Take yogurt in a bowl.

– Add grated cucumber, dried dill and mint leaves, along with chopped walnuts. Mix it up well.

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