Chicken Fesenjan with Walnuts and Pomegranate Syrup
Chicken Fesenjan with Walnuts and Pomegranate Syrup. Courtesy ReformJudaism.org
This very famous Persian dish is considered a festive dish served for important occasions. Its importance has something to do with the amount of walnuts used to make the rich, flavorful sauce. Although this recipe serves 4–6 people, Persian Jews often served this dish to their extended families, thus requiring significant amounts of walnuts, which were very costly. In the north of Iran the custom is to make this dish with duck or pheasant. Chicken, lamb, and meatballs are also used with this sauce throughout the country.