Green Smoothie! Persianized!

Persianized green smoothie with dinosaur! |@figandQuince (Persian food culture blog)

My dinosaur guards my Persianized green smoothie!

[This post scheduled to publish while I’m on my Epic Trip to Iran, part 2.]

I pretty much live on green smoothies – a blending of yogurt and veggies and fruit. My blender is the hardest working member of the household you might say, I suppose, and it is not entirely rewarded for its labor, save for showing signs of wear and tear. No day spa for my (non union) blender! Oh no!Still life with Persianized green smoothie, dinosaur & colored pencils | @figandquince (Persian food culture blog) #recipe

My green smoothie concoctions have served me well, morphing here and then with seasonal ingredients and moods. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to what goes in my smoothie, a serial monogamist, that is to say I’m loyal to a fault to a particular combo until one day, I’m not, and boom, it’s time to move on!

There was a time when I was fixated on using macca powder and goji berries; there was that time when flax seeds were a must; there was a bout of using soy or almond milk instead of dairy but for a long while now, I have a very streamlined staple list of ingredients.

Right now my magic formula for making a delicious and super healthy green smoothie potion is to take a whole bunch of fresh kale (at least 2 cups, use more to thicken smoothie, less if you like your smoothie with less “grassie” flavor) a large ripe banana (a MUST ingredient, as it is the only sweetening agent), water to dilute (one cup or more depending on how much kale I use) and one cup of whole plain yogurt. That’s it. And it’s great — a balanced if not dazzling flavor. But recently I’ve also been on a kick of Persianizing my green smoothie and have concocted my own mixed spice Persian advieh that hits the spot and delivers a punch of health benefits into the bargain. It’s a keeper!

What does it takes to Persianize my green smoothie?

Persian advieh (mixed spice) for green smoothie | @figandquince (Persian food culture blog)

My green smoothie’s Persian advieh (mixed spice)

dried mint, senjed powder, chia seeds, turmeris, and crushed rose powder in small bowls | @FigandQuince (Persian food culture blog)

A good looking bunch of advieh (mixed spice) to Persianize your green smoothies

Here’s the cast of the usual suspects, in a line up, from left to right:

dried mint, senjed powder, chc chc chia seeds (remember I just posted about they myriad goodness of chia seeds last week) turmeric, and dried rose powder.

Not pictured but an exquisite and requisite little touch for both health and that je ne sais quoi touch: rosewater and saffron water!


The reason smoothies are so popular is that they deliver lots of nutrients in a few smoothly delicious gulps. Without further ado, voila presto my favorite Persianized green smoothie’s recipe that makes two delightful frothy servings. Dinosaurs not included!

Persianized Green Smoothie

  • Servings: 2 frothy delicious servings
  • Difficulty: easy!
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graphic icon digital illustration of the word "Ingredients" for recipe in a Persian food blog

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 cups of fresh kale (more if you like it dense,or less if you prefer a less “grassie” flavor)
  • 1 cup whole fat yogurt
  • cold water (1 cup more or less depending on how diluted you prefer it)
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon senjed powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried rose powder (if you can find it)
  • a handful of ice cubes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (soaked in 1/4 cup of water overnight or for at least 15 minutes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater

graphic icon digital illustration of the word "direction" for recipe in a Persian food blogCombine all the ingredients including (except for chia seeds, saffron water and rosewater) in the blender and blend till you have a smooth consistency.

Add chia seeds, saffron water and rosewater, and stir to mix.


graphic icon digital illustration of the word "Serving" for recipe in a Persian food blogServe in a glass. Sip and enjoy!

Make it, enjoy it, and nooshe jaan نوش جان!

digital calligraphy illustration of "noosh 'e jan" which is Farsi for "good appetite" in a Persian food blog


5 thoughts on “Green Smoothie! Persianized!

  1. Dried rosepowder sounds fabulous, next time I’m at the Persian market stall in town I’ll hunt this down. How would you describe the taste of the senjed powder? Sounds all very interesting, so will definitely Persianize some smoothies here. Nicole

  2. Hi!! I was also curious about the rose powder. can you recommend a brand or source please? Also, what does senjed powder taste like and where can I find that? Thank you!!

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