Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pomegranate chicken curry - Khoreshe Fessenjan

Hey girl, it's ok:

- to have pie for breakfast!

- to do a silly dance in the library when the boringness {totally a word} is getting on you!

- to wear a dress; even when it's raining like hell!

- to look like you're about to have a heart attack when on two-minute jog...

{maybe not, i'm working on that one}

- to own more kinds of rice than you have pants in your closet!

- to buy yourself a lovely bouquet of flowers

- to check out every single facebook profile of your new fans

- to know the names of your future childs even before you're pregnant

- if your boyfriend is never right; and you always are. 
{no biggie, happens a lot around here }

- to replace half of the {expensive} walnuts in the next recipe by {cheap} peanuts

- to groan when you taste a piece of what's next:

Khoreshe Fessenjan 
{Pomegranate chicken curry from Iran}
enough for two hungry love birds
adapted, barely, from the imec- cookbook
2 T olive oil
1 chopped onion
4 chicken legs
250 ml water {1 cup}
250 g walnuts {or 125g walnuts and 125g peanuts}
3 T pomegranate paste {you can find this in your turkish or eastern supermarket}
to garnish: a handful of pomegranate seeds

one: heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. 
two: add the onion and fry until golden. 
three: add the chicken legs and fry until the chicken legs are golden brown on all sides. 
four: add the water and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and cook for 25 minutes or until chicken is tender on the inside. 
five: process the nuts in a food processor or blender. The result should be a thick paste.
six: when the chickenlegs are tender; take them out of the pan.
seven: add walnut paste and pomegranate paste to the chicken broth and stir. Let simmer for about an hour. The sauce should look brown-ish and the walnut oil should be flouting on the surface.
eight: put the chicken legs back into the pan with the other ingredients and cover them with the sauce. Let simmer for another 20 minutes.
To garnish: add a handful of pomegranate seeds and sprinkle them over the dish.

background music: Pinback - June

ps. Mr boyfriend made me promise to tell you the following:
combining this dish with candied carrots and white rice is the best thing I did in weeks.

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