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Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi recipe, a Persian special dish for Nowruz

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Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi is a special and important Persian dish served on Nowruz. Nowruz is the Persian new year, and it is the first day of spring, around the third week of March. Persian People celebrate the beginning of the new year and serve various traditional dishes such as Reshteh Polo, Sabzi Polo, and Kuku Sabzi.

Ancient Iranians believed that they should eat a green dish on the night of the new year because they considered the herbs in the dish to be a symbol of abundance and blessedness of life, and they believed that if they eat a green dish, they will have a blessed life until the end of the year. Also, they consider fish a symbol of life, wealth, and abundance, and based on this belief, they eat fish on New Year so that the year ahead will be full of health, abundance, blessings and wealth for them.

Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi

A fun fact is that Persian people use herbs in most of their dishes. In Sabzi Polo, we need herbs such as Parsley, dill, chives, fenugreek, and cilantro. Also, we need fish in Sabzi Polo, and you can use any fish like tilapia, salmon, whitefish, trout, and halibut. In Cookery Magazine, we share with you a step-by-step Sabzi Polo recipe.


Rice2 cups
fish fillet4 pieces
Chopped fresh dill     1 cup
Chopped fresh parsley1/2 cup
Chopped fresh cilantro1/2 cup
Chopped fresh chives1/4 cup
Chopped fresh Fenugreek1/4 cup
Onion1 medium size
garlic4 cloves
Lemon juice2 Tbsp
Spices (salt, turmeric, black pepper)as needed

How to make Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi

first step

First, put the fish pieces in a suitable bowl; add the chopped onion, grated garlic, and lemon juice to the bowl along with the spices (salt, black pepper, and turmeric) .mix the ingredients well till the fish is seasoned.

persian fish dish

second step

Soak the rice for an hour. Fill a suitable pot with 7 cups of water and put it on high heat. After boiling, rinse the rice and pour it into the boiling water.

sabzi polo

third step

When the rice has slightly softened, add chopped herbs to the pot and stir them gently, after 3 minutes, drain the rice and herbs in a colander and rinse the rice with cold water and set it aside.

fourth step

Pour some oil into the pot and put it on low heat. You can use sliced potato or LavashBread as Tahdig. Pour the rice and herb mixture into the pot; You can pour a small amount of brewed saffron on top of the rice; this will make your rice more colorful and give it a better flavour. Pour 1/2 cup of water and some oil. Cover the pot and put it on medium heat for 5 minutes, and reduce the heat for 30 minutes until it steams.

fifth step

To sauté the fish fillets, place a large frying pan on medium heat, Then pour oil in it and let the oil get hot, then Put the fish fillets in the oil, and after one side is fried, turn the fish over so that the other side is also fried.

How to serve Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi

After the Sabzi Polo is completely cooked, mix it in the pot until they are uniform, then serve it on a platter. Garnish your rice with making golden rice by mixing brewed saffron and rice and Tahdig. You can Put fish pieces beside the rice. You can serve this fantastic dish with Shirazi Salad or a squeeze of lemon or orange. I hope you enjoyed this Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi recipe.

Rice With fresh herbs & fish

FAQs about Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi

What kind of herbs are used in Sbazi Polo Ba Mahi?

They are used fresh herbs such as Parsley, dill, chives, fenugreek, and cilantro.

What kind of fish are used in Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi?

Any type of fish like tilapia, salmon, whitefish, trout and halibut are used in Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi.                                                                                 

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