It’s Norooz time again! And I’m so happy this became a motivation for me to post again! For those of you who haven’t heard about Norooz before, it is the Persian new year celebration, which coincides with start of Spring in northern hemisphere. It is a celebration of life through colourful and delicious food. Persian families put out large spreads of sweets, pastries, and food and have pretty much all of their relatives over during Norooz. Little kids get more excited about getting “eidi” (new year gift) as a lot of families nowadays give some amount of money to them as gift, so kids can buy whatever they want!
Best ever Norooz Song Performed by Rastak Band
Today’s recipe is a Persian dessert, mostly famous in the Shiraz region of Iran. It’s super easy to make and it might surprise you how deliciously addictive it is! Especially as the weather warms up, you won’t be able to resist not making this!
Stunning architecture in Shiraz, Iran. Top: Eram Gardens, Bottom: Nasir-Ol-Molk Mosque
Checkout Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji ‘s blog for more amazing pictures.
It is called “Faloodeh” and you can serve it with fresh fruit (berries, mango,..) or ice-cream! In Iran, it is served with traditional saffron and pistachio ice-cream. Here, I made a cheats version of it, and still tastes pretty good 😀
My wonderful fellow Persian bloggers have also made delicious Persian recipes for this years’ Norooz, check them out below:
Hope you like this recipe! Happy Norooz to everyone, I wish all of you a happy and healthy new year ahead, filled with love and laughter 🙂 Thank you for being a reader of my blog, I’ll promise to post more often in the new year !!
Persian Dancers Performing for Norooz Celebrations at the White House
100 g Rice Vermicelli Noodles
1/2 cup Rose Water
1 cup Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon of brewed Saffron
Handful of Raspberries and mint leaves
- Pour one cup of water and one cup of sugar in a pot. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Heat the water and sugar mixture until it starts to simmer. Then, let cool.
- Add half a cup of rose water and stir.
- Pour the liquid mixture into a bowl and let freeze for a few hours.
- Put the rice noodles in a pot and break them into 5 cm pieces.
- Pour over boiling water on them and let simmer on stove for about 1 minute (for best results, follow the packet instructions).
- drain the noodles, then rinse with cold water and set aside.
- Take the water/rosewater/sugar mixture out of freezer.
- Mix in the noodles well and then put back in freezer until serving time.
- To serve, choose your preferred toppings! Traditionally, fresh lime is squeezed over the faloodeh, and it is topped with saffron ice-cream and chopped pistachios. Alternatively, you can serve it with raspberries and raspberry syrup (made of heated raspberry jam), or plain with lime.
Note 1: To make a cheats saffron ice-cream:
- Let the vanilla ice-cream melt at room temperature.
- Then mix in brewed saffron and chopped pistachios.
3. Put back into freezer until firm. Done! 😀
Note 2: To make a cheat’s raspberry sauce, heat 2 tablespoons of raspberry sauce with a splash of water in a pot until it is a bit more liquid-y, then pour over your Faloodeh! 😉