Ring in the spring equinox on March 21 with a festive table, fresh ingredients, and traditional Persian recipes from your friends at Caspian.
One of the most important holidays in Persian culture, Nowruz ("new day") marks the Persian New Year and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Families use the time to celebrate together with music, dancing, gifts, and of course, delicious food. In 2022, Nowruz will fall on March 21—meaning now is the perfect time to start planning a celebratory feast.
Setting the Table
Create your own Haft-Sin table to symbolize new life and hope.
The Haft-Sin table is an important part of Nowruz celebrations. A special cloth called a safreh is first laid on the table. Then seven traditional items, each a symbol of spring and renewal starting with the letter sin in the Persian alphabet, are placed on it: Sabzeh (wheatgrass grown in a dish), Samanu (sweet pudding made from wheat germ), Senjed (sweet dry fruit of the lotus tree), Serkeh (Persian vinegar), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), and Somaq (sumac). Decorations also include mirrors, candles, painted eggs, water, and various fruits.
Stop by our marketplace (open 12:00-8:15 p.m., Tuesday thru Sunday) to find inspiration and supplies for your own Haft-Sin table!
Recipe Ideas for Nowruz
A feast of spicy stews, grilled meats, fluffy rice, and sweet treats to usher in the new year in delicious style.
Once the Haft-Sin table is set, it's time to start cooking. Nowruz favorites include:
Sabzi Polo Mahi (fried fish and rice pilaf with green herbs)
Dolmeh Barg (grape leaves stuffed with cooked meat and rice)
Khoresh Karafs (celery stew with lamb or beef)
Tahdig (golden crispy rice with saffron)
Sohan (almond-saffron brittle candy)
As with many Persian recipes, fresh nuts, quality meats, and green herbs like mint, tarragon, and basil are essential for a celebratory meal. Our marketplace offers a wide selection of locally sourced ingredients to ensure your Nowruz feast is authentic and flavorful. And don't forget to share your creations with us on social media using #CookwithCaspian!
Caspian's bistro menu features delicious, authentic Persian food made with fresh ingredients during Nowruz and all year round. Stop by for dine-in, order takeout, or browse our marketplace Tuesday thru Sunday from 12:00-8:15 p.m. We look forward to celebrating with you!