Nowroz celebration

AADO celebrates Nowroz each year and indeed it is an important annual fundraiser for us.

In 2018 we returned to the wonderful Victorian house of our hosts Matthew, Emily and little Leo, and it was a great success, raising over $10,000 for our work in Afghanistan.

Thanks to everyone for your generosity. Here’s President, Sarina Greco’s welcome to Nowroz 1397 speech

Our lunch began with the traditional Nowroz 7-fruit and nut cup – Haft Mewa – which must be made with great care to ensure it brings good luck. Next we were treated to Bolani making by Sultan – one of the wonderful chefs from the Afghan Restaurant in Brunswick. We watched as these flatbread turnovers stuffed with a leek mix were cooked and passed around – quite delicious!

What followed was an Afghan feast of chicken kebabs, a spinach & pine nuts dish – Sabri, Lamb Korma, rice with cumin – Chalaw, salad and Nowroz biscuits which must be made 3 days before using rice flour, butter, sugar and cardamom.

Sarina made a delicious sweet to follow and by popular request, here is the recipe: Persian Love Cake

The children drew the many winning raffle tickets, packets of Afghan spice and Chicken Biriani recipes were sold, gorgeous  jewellery and embroidery made by Afghan women were snapped up and lots of conversation had.