10.11.08

Pomegranate Time


Yesssssss! Its officially pomegranate season and here is a recipe I am going to make tonight. It is a simple chicken and rice dish from Iran that celebrates pomegranates and delicious winter food. Here is the recipe...I found it on an elementary school's recipe submission page.




Khoreshteh Fesenj√£n
Chicken with Rice & Pomegranate
(from Persia)
submitted by Manoushan

INGREDIENTS

Chicken
500 grams of chicken breast

Rice
1 cup Basmati rice
1 cup water
pinch of salt

Sauce
1 cup of almonds
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tab olive oil
1/2 cup of water
200 ml concentrated pomegranate juice
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
METHOD

Chicken
Place chicken pieces in casserole dish.
Place dish in a preheated 180° C oven for 20 minutes.

Rice
Place rice and water in saucepan.
Add salt and bring to boil.
Reduce temperature and simmer for a further 20 minutes.

Sauce
Heat oil in pan.
Add finely chopped onion and spices and cook until onion is soft.
Add coarsely chopped almonds and cook for 2 - 3 minutes while stirring.
Add pomegranate juice and brown sugar and stir.
Add water and bring to boil.
Reduce temperature and simmer for a further 15 minutes.

Add sauce to chicken and cook in oven for another 30 minutes, then pour onto rice and your meal is complete.

I'm going to add pomegranate seeds instead of just the juice, but other than that it sounds lovely.



Pomegranates are so pretty, I love cooking with them. There are lots of health benefits too, but I just read that Vitamin C doesn't help to prevent or cure colds, which is either ridiculous or true, but just goes to show that you can't beleive an any one health benefit too much! Eat Pomegranates though, they are delicious!

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