Sumalak, also known as Samanu or Sumanak (Persian سمنو) is an Iranian festive dish, as well as the Tajik, Afghan, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and other Central Asian cuisines. It is prepared from germinated wheat. Traditionally, Sumalak is prepared in a large pot (kazan) during the celebration of Nowruz.

There are also small stones added into Sumalak (which are not used for food. They are used to reduce the risk of burning sumalak at the bottom of the kazan.) There is a belief that if you find a stone while eating a cup of sumalak, it is necessary to make a secret wish and it will come true.


Samanu, Senjed, Sir and Somaq on the The Tehran Times Haft Seen (Nowruz Week)

March 20th, the beginning of Spring is the beginning of Iranian Calendar as well.

We make a table setting which is called Haft seen (seven “S”). Haft seen has seven items which each should start with the letter “S” in Farsi.

Sabzeh - (wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish) - symbolizing rebirth

Samanu (a sweet pudding made from wheat germ) - symbolizing affluence

Senjed (the dried fruit of the oleaster tree) - symbolizing love

Sir (garlic) - symbolizing medicine

Sib (apples) - symbolizing beauty and health

Somaq (berries) - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise 

Serkeh (vinegar) - symbolizing age and patience

Additional items on the Haft Seen setting are:

Sekkeh (coin) - symbolizes wealth and prosperity

Sonbol (hyacinth) - a spring spring flower

Mahi (goldfish) - symbolizes life

Tokhmeh Morgh (egg) - symbolizes fertility Sham (candle): symbolizes enlightenment

Milad’s Haftseen

Haft-Seen (Persian: هفت‌سین‎) or the seven ‘S’s is a traditional table setting of Nowruz, the traditional Iranian spring celebration. The haft seen table includes seven items all starting with the letter seen (S) (س) in the Farsi Language - Persian alphabet .

The Haft Seen items are:
1.Sabzeh - (Persian: سبزه‎)-wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth
2.Samanu - (Persian: سمنو‎)-sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence
3.Senjed - (Persian: سنجد‎)-dried oleaster Wild Olive fruit - symbolizing love
4.Sir - (Persian: سیر‎)- garlic - symbolizing medicine
5.Sib - (Persian: سیب‎)- apples - symbolizing beauty and health
6.Somāq - (Persian: سماق‎)sumac fruit - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
7.Serkeh - (Persian: سرکه‎) - vinegar - symbolizing old-age and patience