Noosheh Jaan!

noosh ‘eh jaan!

Noosheh jaan (sometimes spelled nusheh jaan) literally means: “may it be sweet for your soul”,”may it be a pleasure to your being”. That sounds quite florid, but in common parlance, the utterance simply signifies: bon appetit, good appetite! It is what we say to everyone at the table before we commence to stuff our faces with delicious, delicious, ridiculously delicious Persian food.

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Comments (31)

  • apuginthekitchen 6 years ago Reply

    I have heard this before, Noosheh Jaan my dear Azita!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you dear Suzanne! I learned something awesome from Cornelia Weber Photography (comment below): she wishes her cat a Noosheh Jaan when feeding her. I think Izzy and Nando need a noosheh jan too when they feast on their delicious food. Ha ha! 🙂

  • lapetitecasserole 6 years ago Reply

    It’s really hard to pronounce with my strong italian accent, almost impossible. But I’ve really appreciate the sweetness of the meaning!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    It can only be sweeter with that gorgeous Italian tilt. I love the Italian accent.

  • butlers6267 6 years ago Reply

    Love this!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you! 🙂 & thank you for visiting and commenting.

  • tastytreats13 6 years ago Reply

    How great!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Merci!

  • Gather and Graze 6 years ago Reply

    What a lovely thing to say to each other – Noosheh jaan to you too Azita!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you Margot jan. Always noosheh jan when you eat! 🙂 xoxo

  • electriclesbian 6 years ago Reply

    Noosheh Jaan!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    🙂 Yes, exactly. Same to you as well!

    electriclesbian 6 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Azita, I even tell my cat, when I feed her Nooshe jaan, it is just a beautiful wish for once to start a meal.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    ha ha, thank you for giving me a a good long chuckle! love it! 😀 I’ll have to tell all my pet loving friends to follow suit!

  • El Oso con Botas 6 years ago Reply

    I love this word and its translation…

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you dear El Oso

  • Bizou 6 years ago Reply

    May this valentine day be your Noosh-e joon Azita joon.!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Awww! Mersi! Haminjoor YOU! xoxo

  • Middle East Moments 6 years ago Reply

    Azita is the artwork one of your own? It’s really beautiful. A beautiful way of putting Noosheh jaan in a visual context.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    ps How do they say bon appetit in Arabic? Is there a phrase or saying?

    Middle East Moments 6 years ago

    Here they say Saha before you have started eating and then Sahtein once you have finished. Saha means health so saying Saha to someone before they start eating is wishing them good health. Sahtein literally means two healths, so it’s wishing the person who’s had the meal good health going forward.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago

    Very interesting. I like the symmetry of the sentiment! 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you! Yes, it is! Appreciate it. 🙂 I’m thinking of turning it into a print for sale, think it will be fun for kitchens.

    Middle East Moments 6 years ago

    You definitely should! I would love buy a copy when it’ available for sale!

    Bizou 6 years ago

    That would be awesome. May I put myself on your waiting list?(once there is one hopefully.)

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago

    What a nice thing to say! 🙂

  • the winegetter 6 years ago Reply

    What a great expression of a sentiment….much better than the American “Dig in”. 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Interestingly enough, “dig” in Persian is a big cooking pot, so dig in could be a good Iranian American hyphenated phrase of good will and appetite when eating. Ha!

  • […] it seapartely alongside with the broth, and gobbling it up with bread and torshi (Persian pickles.) Noosheh jan! In my humble opinion, perhaps the best part of eating abgoosht is the goosht kubideh. I could rant […]

  • Sophie33 6 years ago Reply

    Tanks for learning me something new today..😉

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