My family likes to eat this sugar candy in the evening with a freshly brewed cup of Persian tea. Simple ingredients, easy to make, just the right amount of sweetness. A must-try dessert!
Anar season is the best time of year. Typically starting in September, with the top harvest in mid-October, pomegranate season is when you can get delicious, sweet and tart pomegranates at your local grocery market. Trader Joe’s carries them as well, but they tend to be smaller and less juicy. I’ve seen the best quality pomegranates at Persian markets and even at Costco.
Shirazi Salad is made with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, chopped mint leaves and fresh lemon juice. Crisp and refreshing, Shirazi Salad is the perfect side dish to go with joojeh (chicken), koobideh (beef) and barg (filet mignon) kabob.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with sprig of fresh mint.
*Persian Cucumbers are small seedless cucumbers with a slightly sweet flavor. The thin-skin exterior and light water content make these cucumbers ideal for Shirazi Salad – always crunchy and no peeling needed! Available at any Persian grocery store, Trader Joe’s and even Costco.
Khoreshteh Fesenjoon is one of the most popular and hearty of all Persian stews. It is made with ground walnuts, pomegranate molasses and chicken – an unusual but delicious combination that blends tart and sweet flavors for an exotic treat. Best served with saffron basmati rice topped or on top of tadeegh (crispy rice). A family favorite!