Recipe by Barbell Bunny
A rich and delicious Iranian stew that is very special! It's not the most appealing dish; however, it tastes fantastic. If desired, pomegranate seeds can be added for flavor and presentation. From My Persian Kitchen.
- 8 chicken thighs
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cups walnuts
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup pomegranate concentrate (or paste)
Directions See How It's Made
- Toast the walnuts, but make sure they don't burn! Then, cool them on a baking sheet.
- Add the walnuts to a food processor and grind them into a fine texture.
- In a large pot, saute the onion until translucent over medium heat.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then add to onion and cook a few minutes.
- Turn chicken pieces after a few minutes.
- Add bay leaves and 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook 30 minutes.
- Place another pot over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of flour. Toast it lightly.
- Add 2 cups of water and mix well until lumps disappear.
- Add ground walnuts to the flour-water and stir until water and walnuts are thoroughly mixed. Turn heat to low.
- Make sure you watch your walnuts. As the mixture thickens, it can easily burn.
- Once you see a layer of oil forming on top and bubbling, add pomegranate concentrate and mix well. Season with salt.
- If you find the stew to be too tart, add sugar (teaspoons at a time) until desired taste.
- Add chicken pieces, making sure each piece is submerged in the stew. Cook a few minutes longer so the flavors incorporate and chicken warms through.
- Serve over basmati rice.