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Rice with Sour Cherries (Albalu polow)

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Food & Recipes Makes 6 servings
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients


2 Cornish game hens or 1 frying chicken, about 3 pounds total
2 large peeled onions
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground saffron dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
3 8 -ounce jars, pitted sour or morello cherries in light syrup, or 4 cups dried pitted sour cherries (see sidebar note)
1 cup sugar
1 cup clarified butter (ghee) or oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups long-grain basmati rice

Grilled Fish with Seville Orange (Kabab-e mahi ba narenj)

Food & Recipes

Makes 4 servings.
Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 3 hours' marinating time
Cooking time: 5 to 7 minutes

Ingredients

4 thick fillets of red snapper, swordfish, or salmon, cut into 2-inch cubes
2 onions, peeled and grated
5 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Seville orange juice, or mixture of 1/2 cup orange juice and 2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Chicken Stuffed with Rice (Morgh-e tu por ba berenj)

Ingredients

2 small frying chickens, about 6 to 7 pounds, or 2 Cornish game hens
2 teaspoons salt
2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1/4 cup butter or oil
1/2 cup rice, cleaned and washed
1/2 tablespoon advieh (Persian spice mix)
1 teaspoon dried rose petals
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground
black pepper
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup dried barberries, cleaned and drained, or 1/4 cup dried tart cherries

Eggplant Kuku (Kuku-ye bademjan)

Food & Recipes Iranians are specially fond of kuku, a type of omelet similar to the Italian frittata and the Arab eggah. It is filled with vegetables and herbs. A good kuku is thick and rather fluffy.

Although nowadays this dish is usually prepared in the oven, traditionally it was cooked in a large, covered skillet that was set on hot coals. Coals were placed on the cover as well.

Kukus are served as appetizers or side dishes or as main dishes with yogurt or salad and bread. They may be eaten hot or cold and they keep well in the refrigerator for two to three days.

Whitebait Fritters

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz whitebait
1 egg
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup milk
60 g/2 oz/1/2 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
oil for shallow frying
lemon wedges for serving

Directions

Water Lily Curry with Shrimp

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

3 or 4 water lily stems
500 g/1 lb small raw shrimp
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons palm or brown sugar
3 kaffir lime leaves
few fresh basil leaves

Directions

Tossed Sushi (Chirashi-Zushi)

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

Thai Style Steamed Mussels

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb mussels
125 g/4 oz white fish fillets
125 g/4 oz raw prawns
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh coriander
1/4 teaspoon finely grated kaffir lime rind
or lemon rind
1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onions (scallions)
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons cornflour (cornstarch)
1 egg white

Directions

Thai Red Curry of Prawns

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Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

750 g/1 1/2 lb large raw prawns (jumbo shrimp)
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
2-3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
4 kaffir lime leaves
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons palm sugar

Directions

Thai Chili Prawns with Lime

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients