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.
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