The pomegranate is an ancient symbol of happiness and marriage. It represents the family and is prominent in Persian and Armenian cuisine. Fesenjan is one such dish that incorporates rich pomegranate molasses with toasty walnuts. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sour, just like life. This is not the most attractive dish on the planet, but it’s very easy, very quick, and intensely delicious. Cinnamon and a smidge of orange peel add a homey warmth to the sauce.
Some people prefer the walnuts ground to a fine powdery consistency. Dad likes the crunch of larger morsels. So I give mine just a quick chop.
Pomegrante & Walnut Chicken (Fesenjan)
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30-45 mins
This is my rendition of the traditional Persian fesenjan aka fesenjoon which is often served at Armenian weddings.
Mom’s fluffy Basmati rice