I love this recipe even though I usually only eat it once a year. Traditionally this is served for dinner at Persian New Year (the first day of spring). It is said that reshteh (the wheat noodles) will bring good luck for the year if you have it as your first meal. Many make Ashe Reshteh or this dish to make sure the reshte part of the Persian tradition is fulfilled. Hope you love it as much as my family does.
Persian New year is a month long celebration. Once March hits, my family begins cleaning (spring/new year cleaning). We start with chaharshambe soori (Wednesday Feast). It is a celebration of the last Wednesday of the year where we jump over tiny fires (an OLD Zoroastrian tradition that symbolises purification). The history is deep and beautiful, the modern reality for family is a huge picnic in the evening where you see people you haven't in over a year. We dance, we eat and we play.
Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Takes about 1.5 - 2 hours to make
Serves 4-6 people