Persian recipes to celebrate Nowruz at home

8 Recipes
Kuku from Wholesome Choice Market, 18040 Culver Dr, Irvine.
(Amy Scattergood / Los Angeles Times)

Here are eight delicious dishes to cook for Nowruz, the Iranian new year.

Rice with toasted noodles (reshteh polow) served with lamb

Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Fresh herb kuku (kuku-ye-sabzi)

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 6 to 8

These three recipes, from chef Tony Esnault and his mother Shamsi Katebi, form one impressive meal. They’re each great on their own too.

Persian greens frittata (kuku sabzi)

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 10

Kismet's kuku

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 16

Deconstructed kuku sabzi

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Three more versions of kuku-ye-sabzi reveal the versatility of this combination of greens and eggs.

Persian-style herb and cheese platter

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Tartines a la perse (Persian toasts)

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes 4 large tartines, 4 to 8 servings

A plate of cheese and herbs is essential to any Persian meal. Here are two different ways to present it.