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

Time4 hours 30 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Fresh herb kuku (kuku-ye-sabzi)

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 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.

kuku sabzi (Persian greens frittata)

Time1 hour 20 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 10

Kismet's kuku

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 12 to 16

Deconstructed kuku sabzi

Time1 hour 20 minutes
YieldsServes 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

Time30 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Tartines a la perse (Persian toasts)

Time30 minutes
YieldsMakes 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.