Persian new year (Norouz) is fast approaching. One of the biggest Norouz traditions is baking delicious sweets. The cardamom, rose water, and nutty aromas that are filling my kitchen right now is basically my idea of heaven. Over the next few weeks I will be in a baking frenzy and will essentially be running what will look like an Iranian bakery, right out of my kitchen. First up on the menu: nan-e nokhodchi aka. Persian chickpea cookies with pistachio.
Don't let the chickpea component put you off. This is made with fine chickpea flour which results in a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth cookie, coupled with the amazing flavours of rose water, cardamom and pistachio. And did I mention that these cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan? Yup, anyone can have a bite!
Traditionally, these cookies are made with mini clover-shaped cookie cutters. But if like me, you cannot get your hands on this specific shape, any miniature cookie cutter will do. Go wild and make little flowers, hearts, stars or ovals. I used the Wilton mini cookie cutter set.
Pair these chickpea cookies with a nice, hot cup of Persian tea and you are all set for the new year.Print
- Chickpea flour can be found at your local Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food market, specialty food stores, or online.
- Rose water can be found at your local Middle Eastern food market or online.