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For the ancient Mesopotamian name for a disease, see Samānu.
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Type Dessert
Place of origin Uzbekistan, Iran , Tajikistan , Afghanistan
Main ingredients Germinated wheat
Cookbook:Samanu  Samanu
Cooking samanak in Isfara, Tajikistan

Samanu (Persian: سمنو‎), Samanak (Persian: سمنک‎), Sumalak/Sumalyak (Tajik: сумалак; Uzbek: sumalak [sʉmælǽk]) or Sümölök (Kyrgyz: сүмөлөк [symœlœ́k]) is a sweet paste made entirely from germinated wheat (young wheatgrass), which is prepared for Nowruz (Persian new year)(or Navruz - Uzbek new year) in a large pot (like a kazan) in Uzbekistan and some other central asian countries. This practice has been traced back to the pre-Islamic Persian empire.

The wheat is soaked and prepared for days and so the entire process takes up to a week. Traditionally, the final cooking would take from late in the evening till the daylight and was a party, involving only women. This would be full of laughter and music and singing related songs . In Tajikistan and Afghanistan they sing: Samanak dar Jūsh u mā Kafcha zanēm - Dīgarān dar Khwāb u mā Dafcha zanēm.[1][2][3] (meaning: "Samanak is boiling and we are stirring it, others are asleep and we are playing daf").

In modern times, making Samanu can be a family activity. Traditional Samanu is made entirely of germinated wheat and water (no other ingredients). Nowadays, it is common to add a bit of flour to speed up the thickening process, although this makes the paste taste somewhat bitter and less sweet.

Sumalyak is traditionally either eaten on its own or with bread.

A plate or bowl of Samanu is a traditional component of the Haft sin table.


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