Happy Nowruz! Link love for Persian New Year

Happy Nowruz!

Happy Nowruz!
Happy Nowruz!!

For those of you who may not be familiar with this, Nowruz is the Persian New Year and is being celebrated today in Persian culture. My husband and his family are Persian which means that I will be spending the day with his lovely family, indulging in some quality family time, funny stories and delicious Persian food. The food, my friends, is key to celebrating Nowruz properly – sweets are abundant during this celebration and I couldn’t be happier! In fact, Persian desserts and I were basically best friends at first taste – pistachios, rose water and saffron are staples in most Persian desserts and are all things that I adore together!

Since I won’t be able to post a tasty recipe that I created in my own kitchen today, I thought I would take this opportunity to share my first link love post, highlighting some tasty Persian inspired dishes that you can make with your own family. A lot of Persian dishes are naturally vegetarian and many can easily be modified to suit vegan and gluten-free diets.

Persian food is delicious and a personal favourite of mine. I practically beg my mother in law to make Zereshk Polo and Tahdig every time we visit – it’s the best!! I hope you’ll go and check out some of these tasty looking recipes from some fellow bloggers. If you try any, let me know what you thought – I would love to hear about your experience!

Zareshk Polow- Rice with Barberries from My Persian Kitchen.

Gluten-Free Pistachio Rose Water Cake from Unconventional Baker
Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake {Refined Sugar-Free}

Persian Tah-Dig from Turmeric & Saffron

Persian Eggplant Dip from Minimalist Baker
Persian Eggplant Dip | Borani | Kashkeh Bademjoon | Minimalist Baker.com

Faloodeh from Javeneh’s Kitchen

Vegetable and Noodle Soup (ash-e reshtah) from SBS as featured in Feast Magazine

Persian Doughnuts with Saffron and Rose Water (Bamieh) from The Little Ferraro KitchenPersian Doughnuts with Saffron and Rose Water (Zoolbia Bamieh) via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

Sholeh Zard – Persian Saffron Rice Pudding from Fig & Quince
Persian Saffron Rice Pudding 'sholeh zard' & ingredients: pistachio, rice, sugar, saffron, rosewater Iranian food cooking blog  شله زرد
Shevid Baghali Polow from Turmeric & Saffron

Zeytoon Parvadeh from My Persian Kitchen
Zeytoon Parvardeh-13

So, I don’t know about you but I’m starving now! When’s dinner?

Lots of love & happy eats,





Hello! Welcome to the SavannaMehrad.com! My name is Savanna and I'm so excited that you've decided to stop by and check out my little blog.

This blog started out as a journey of living adventurously in the kitchen, trialing gluten free, vegan, whole food recipes that you and your whole family can enjoy.

Fast forward a few years and I've chosen to breath new life into it, this time, focus on my mental health journey, sharing the tools, resources and practices that continue to help me on my self-healing path.

I hope that you'll enjoy tagging along with me on this new adventure - I can't wait to share all of my ideas with each of you and look forward to your feedback along the way. I'd love to hear from you - whether it's a comment on a post, sharing your own unique journey or even just a quick hello! Feel free to leave a note in the comments or send me an email at savanna [at] savannamehrad.com.

Lots of love and big hugs!


  1. savanna you are too lucky to have such a lovely mother in laws who always try to thought you who to cook the best rice dish. i believe a food lover husband and in laws is a great motivation to cook in batter way. 🙂

  2. All the dishes are looks yummy and mouth watering.Thanks for sharing this easy and health dish. i Like to read about your event. i already know about it and listen about it from my mom. Its a great new year event.

  3. Thanks for sharing my cake, Savanna and happy Nowruz! I see what you mean about those stretchy pants now though 😉 — all this food looks so amazing! My husband absolutely adores Persian food, so I recognize many of the dishes you featured from various restaurants we’ve been to in the past. Although I’ve never heard of those donuts before — they kind of remind me of churros{?}. Well, anyways, thanks for the wonderful inspiration — might give some of these Persian dishes a try at home soon. My husband will be super happy!

    1. I’m pretty sure I’m still in a food coma from yesterday and my wonderful mother in law sent us home with so many leftovers – score!! 🙂 Bamieh are one of my all time favourite Persian desserts. Next time you’re in the Toronto area, there are some really great Persian grocers in the Young & Steeles/Finch area. My favourite one is called Super Arzon and they have the most amazing Persian treat – you would be in heaven!

      1. Ah, yes, I know the area well, but I never stopped by those shops. I actually lived right around the corner for many years :).

        My husband and I love visiting Persian restaurants — don’t have the opportunity as much anymore, but we used to anyways. Now it’s just when we’re traveling. But my husband says Persians know the way to his heart — most especially because they are the only ones that give you enough rice and bread along with your meal :). He’s a bit of a rice-fiend ;). I gave him the tah-dig recipe you recommended above btw, and he’s quite interested 🙂

        1. Let me know if you try to make it!

          My mother in law has taught me probably four times now how to make her version of rice for myself but I’m always so scared to mess it up – she truly is a boss when it comes to Persian rice. It’s always so light and fluffy and her tah-dig is always perfectly crispy. I’m hungry just thinking about it. Judging from the rice and pizza comment you left, I am not surprised in the least to hear that your husband is a fan of the rice and bread aspect – he sounds like a very smart man 🙂

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