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How to Make a Sabzeh for Norooz

The Persian New Year is here, and I’ve successfully made my sabzehs for the haft seen. If you’re not Persian and have no idea what I’m talking about, sabzeh is this kind of grass we grow and put on a pretty table spread with a bunch of other things that symbolize the coming of Spring. The grass symbolizes rebirth.

So here goes!

I started the whole sabzeh making process 11 days before Norooz. This is what I did that worked for me:

Step 1:

I went to the Persian store and bought this:


Step 2:

I then soaked it all in lukewarm water for 2 days. I would change the water about three times a day.


Step 3:

I then chose things that I wanted my sabzehs to grow on- a plate, martini glass, little tiny plates, and mini cake stands. Because this was the first time I made a sabzeh, I thought I’d make a lot so that if one or two die I wouldn’t be in trouble and left without a sabzeh. I took some paper towels, soaked them, put them on the plates and filled it with the sprouts. Then I wrapped them with the moist paper towels. Apparently it is really important to keep the sprouts moist at all times. Not soaking wet…..just moist.




Step 4:

I kept them covered and moist at all times. I took a spray bottle and would spray the paper towels with water about 5 times a day. After 2 or 3 days I then removed the sprouts from their bundle of paper towels, cut around a dry paper towel so that it would fit in each of my plates, soaked it, and dumped the sprouts back on it. Then again I’d cover them with moist paper towels.



Step 5:

I continued to spray the paper towels and keep them moist. I would put them in sunlight for about two hours a day. Then they began to look like this:


Then two days later they looked like this:


Then they slowly turned into this:


Once they looked like this I took the paper towels that I placed on top of them off, and would just continue to spray them (you leave the paper towel on the bottom in place because the sprouts plant themselves on it.)


Day by day they would grow longer and longer. The eighth day looked like this:


This pic was taken on the 15th day:


I continued to spray them multiple times a day and keep them in sunlight. I felt good about them and was happy with the way they turned out. Making them wasn’t as hard as I thought. I’ll post some pics of our haft seen so you can see how they looked on the 11th day.

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.