Hello there my lovely readers! are you surprised to hear from me so soon? I know I’m not due for a post for a few weeks…however this is an exception. You see in a few hours time it will be Norouz aka Persian new year and this year I wanted to share with you my journey to growing Sabzeh.
Before we get started, if you are reading this post and don’t know what Norouz or Persian new year is all about simply take a quick look back at my Norouz post from last year to familiarise yourself with the lingo used in this post. Trust me it’ll come in handy 😉
Where to begin, how about my lack of gardening skills in general! You see, I must enclose that I am in no way a green thumb. Actually to be perfectly frank I suck at gardening. I pretty much kill everything I touch, I have tried to growing and taking care of a number of plants over the years and even tried my hand at growing a herb garden….lets just say that it didn’t end well 😦
So you can see why growing Sabzeh; a key feature of the Haftsin has always been a problematic challenge for me. Yes, you guessed it. I have never successfully grown my own Sabzeh…until now that is!!
See, there was an ulterior motive for this post 😉 I was so impressed by my Sabzeh game this year that I thought a humble brag was needed disguised as a timely Norouz post!! Although, I am more than happy to share my killer Sabzeh growing technique with you dear readers so that next year your Sabzeh game will be super strong like yours truly 🙂
Now I have to admit I did my research to come up with this awesome technique of growing Sabzeh. I would love to take credit but this method comes from a Persian lady on you tube. Her instructions were very clear and I made sure I followed them to the tee. There were a few major things that I instantly noticed that I wasn’t doing during my attempts at growing Sabzeh in the past. It took eight days for the seeds to sprout and turn into Sabzeh. Although half way through I thought it wasn’t going to happen for me (again) this year however they pretty much sprouted overnight, it was so amazing!
Ok so follow these instructions for a killer Sabzeh every time, it won’t happen overnight and it definitely will happen 🙂
- Soak 1-2 cups of your seed/grain of choice (lentils,wheat, mung) in water for 48 hours (rinse and refill after 24hours). FYI I used lentils and mung.
- After the 48hr soak, transfer the seeds to a wash cloth. Rinse and mix them over a colander
- wrap the seeds in that wash cloth and place near sunlight. Repeat this step for 3 whole days, just make sure when you rinse that the seeds get mixed gently so that they all have a chance to sprout. Also it’s very important to drain any excess water from the cloth.
- After these 3 days, empty the seeds onto desired plate/jar and make sure to fill it adequately so that when they grow it will be a full sprout
- cover your plates/jar with a paper towel and rinse and drain again for another 3 days
- Remove the paper towel, you should have a plate of fully grown sprouts by now to place on your Haftsin
- Rinse and drain everyday and place near sunlight
Hot tips: Don’t put your sprout under direct sunlight and failure to drain water from the sprout will cause mould to grow and ruin all your hard work!
Now that my Sabzeh bragging is over, I would like to wish my fellow Persian peeps a very happy and prosperous Norouz. May the new year be filled with fantastic milestones and wonderful surprises!
Norouz mobarak, from my Haftsin to yours 🙂 Till next time Xx