The Delights of Fesenjoon

Fesenjoon Recipe


Dive into the rich and tangy world of Fesenjan, a beloved Persian stew that beautifully balances sweet and sour flavors. Known for its signature blend of ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses, Fesenjan carries a unique flavor profile that has charmed food lovers worldwide. Join us as we unveil the steps to creating this enchanting dish right in your own kitchen.

Ingredients: Crafting the Perfect Fesenjan

  • 1.5 lbs (700 g) chicken pieces (legs, thighs, or breast)
  • 2 cups finely ground walnuts
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Cooking Instructions: Simmering a Persian Delight

  1. Prepare the Walnuts: Start by toasting the ground walnuts in a dry pan over medium heat. Stir continuously until they release their oils and become fragrant. Be careful not to burn them.
  2. Cook the Chicken: Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and brown them on all sides. Remove the chicken and set it aside.
  3. Sauté the Onions: In the same pot, add the onions and sauté until they become golden and translucent. Add the turmeric, black pepper, and salt.
  4. Create the Stew: Return the chicken pieces to the pot, add the toasted walnuts, pomegranate molasses, and chicken broth. Stir well and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for about 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Adjust the Flavors: If the stew is too sour for your taste, you can add sugar to balance the flavor. Cook for another 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the stew is thick.

The Rich Legacy of Fesenjan

“Fesenjan” or “Fesenjoon” is an iconic stew in Persian cuisine, adored for its robust flavors and the velvety texture brought by the finely ground walnuts. This dish beautifully encapsulates the essence of Iranian cuisine, marrying diverse flavors in perfect harmony.

Serving Instructions: Savoring the Fesenjan

  • Presentation: Fesenjan is traditionally served in a deep serving dish to showcase its rich, glossy texture.
  • Serve: Pour a generous amount of Fesenjan over a bed of fluffy steamed basmati rice.
  • Garnish: You can top the dish with a handful of pomegranate seeds or finely chopped fresh herbs for a pop of color and added flavor.
  • Enjoy: Dive into the layers of flavors and textures, and let Fesenjan take your palate on a captivating journey through Persian cuisine.

We hope this Fesenjan recipe will bring a burst of delightful Persian flavors to your table. Enjoy the process and share this tantalizing culinary masterpiece with your friends and family.

Dive Deeper into Our Rich Recipe Collection

At Living in Tehran, we’re proud to offer an expansive range of authentic recipes that showcase the diverse, sophisticated, and incredibly flavorful world of Iranian cuisine. From traditional classics like Lubia Polo and Dolmeh to modern takes on regional delights, our recipe collection is crafted with love and respect for Iran’s culinary heritage. Every dish tells a story, one filled with aromatic spices, vibrant ingredients, and the passion of Persian cooks. We invite you to embark on this exciting gastronomic journey with us, to discover, learn, and most importantly, savor the incredible delights of Iranian cuisine right from the comfort of your own kitchen. Happy cooking, and Nush-e Jan!

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