This dish comes from north part of Iran (we call it Shomal, it literally means north), the beautiful Gilaan and is a combination of pomegranate molasses, walnuts, parsley and cilantro. It is very similar to Fesenjaan, another delicious Persian dish that is also made out of walnuts and pomegranate.
This isn’t exactly a dish I grew up eating. My mom started making Anaar Avij for dinner parties when I was a teenager and it suddenly became one of her specialties. Ever since then, it has become my all time favorite Persian dish.
Here is the disclaimer, this is a sweet and sour dish in case you don’t like sour in your food.
- 2 cups ground walnuts
- 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1 cup finely chopped parsley
- 1 1/2 cup pomegranate molasses (found in whole foods)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 8 pieces of chicken thighs (you can mix thigh with breast and use 3 pieces of breast and 3 pieces of thighs )
- 1 Tbs corn starch or flour
- Salt and pepper to taste