Green Herb Pancake

The sun's birthday, the first day of spring and New Year's day all arrive together in Iran. For centuries,  Easter eggs have been colored, designed, painted and displayed in living rooms to symbolize the birth of the world. Green sprouts have also decorated dining room tables as a symbol of growth
because  New Year's day has been regarded as the rebirth of nature since antiquity. Grandma Malka makes her green sprouts by germinating brown lentils. She also sprouts wheat, barely and mung beans - whatever is available. 

 Various green dishes are made, such as herb noodle soup, green herb pilaf and green herb pancake which are taken on picnics on the 13th day after New Year's. The number 13 has always been regarded as a wicked number by the Zoroastrians, the ancient Persians. Zoroastrian festivals are still the grandest celebrations in Iran. Persians still believe the devil visits the house on the 13th day of the first month. 
 People prepare their green pancakes and go out to picnics. Unfortunately, while the residents are escaping the devil, it is happy hour for the thieves who ransack the houses, devil or no devil. 

 I did a cooking class with Miss Midori in Namba in Osaka, Japan on Persian New Year's day, 2012. Her name, Midori, just so happens to mean 'green', We piled the green entrees onto plates and into bowls. 

 The giant green pancake was successfully flipped over on the skillet. ( Scroll down to see the image.) Everyone applauded in relief. 

Even those not used to eating such a profusion of pungent herbs, especially coriander leaves, devoured and enjoyed all the green. 







【材料 4人分】
香草野菜 合わせて400g
パセリー 1束大
にら 1束
香菜(またはほうれん草) 1束
 レタス 3皮
にんにく(すりおろす) 2~3片
小麦粉 大さじ1
重曹 小さじ1
塩 小さじ3/4
こしょう 小さじ1/8
卵 4個

油 大さじ3


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