A while back, I came across the beautiful, refreshing, and inspirational Bentobird blog. For me that was the first time that I learned about bento. I was fascinated by the attention to detail that goes into creating a fresh, bright and cheerful single-portion lunch box with adorable characters! I admired the moms who pack such highly crafted, nutritionally balanced lunches for their kids and enjoyed looking at the well-proportioned designs but it did not even cross my mind for a second to give this artistic creation a try! It wasn't until recently that I thought of making a bento styled Persian lunch. The idea seemed too crazy at first but it is doable! Now, since we are celebrating the arrival of spring, a time of rebirth and renewal of nature, I present to you a traditional Nowruz (Persian New Year) dinner/lunch bento. Please visit the wonderful Bentobird blog and check her post on Persian Spring Bento!
As a hostess you always worry if there's going to be enough food for everyone and also for the unexpected last minute guests. Like many Iranians I grew up and learned to cook in a large family (there were six of us kids plus my parents) and to this day even though I cook for my family of four, there's always so much leftovers as if I expected four more people to show up for dinner! However, I am getting better at that and it's still a work in progress.
Here are the contents of Nowruz Bento:
Sabzi Polow - Herb Rice
Mahi - Fish (fried)
Mast-o-Khiar - Yogurt and Cucumber Dip
Sabzi Khordan - Fresh Herb
Toot - Mulberry Marzipan