I cannot believe I have not included khoresh fesenjoon خورشت فسنجون in my Iranian stews yet! This traditional stew, made primarily with ground walnuts and pomegranate paste or molasses, with a sweet-sour taste, deep aroma and rich flavor is quite unique among other Iranian stews and is regarded a fancy dish served at special occasions and for special guests.
A specialty of Northern Iran, fesenjoon is traditionally cooked using duck meat. Nowadays people use chicken breast or tights instead. Or for a vegan version simply skip the meat step and still get a rich and flavorful stew. There are certainly more than one method in making a good fesenjoon, but below is just one of them! Read the rest of this entry »
Yalda, the Persian celebration of winter solstice, is around the corner. Hence the occasion for a special food blog entry – something representing red and orange colors of Yalda, something made with passion, and maybe pomegranate, to serve along with sweet-nuts mix, watermelon and persimmon as we get together with friends and family to bring to dawn the longest night of the year – the night before the beginning of winter, or the Yalda night.
Have you ever tasted this crunchy, refreshing and colorful berry-like fruit?
Did you know that Pomegranate is native to the area of modern Iraq and Iran, spread to Northern India, and is one of the most ancient fruits? Read the rest of this entry »