Minoo’s Recipe For ‘Khoresht-e-Fesenjan’


‘Khoresht-e-Fesenjan’ is a kind of pomegranate-flavoured Persian stew made with poultry, or occasionally with meatballs. Depending on the taste of the cook it can be a sweet or sour dish. My wife Minoo usually makes it medium-sweet. In the amounts indicated the recipe serves about four people. 


Pomegranate juice (3 cups) or pomegranate paste if you can get it from your local Iranian shop (3-4 tablespoons)

1 kg Chicken thighs (duck is also used in Iran)

Ground walnuts (350 grams)

3 chopped onions (medium)

Sugar (2 spoons)

Half a cup of cooking oil

Salt to taste


  1. Peel onions and chop finely
  2. Remove skin from chicken thighs
  3. Add salt and fry chicken thighs and onions in oil until golden brown
  4. Add 3 cups of water and bring to boil
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes adding more (boiling) water if required
  6. Add ground walnuts and pomegranate juice or paste
  7. (If you are using pomegranate paste, add 1-2 more cups of boiling water and bring to boil again)
  8. Simmer the ‘Khoresht-e-Fesenjan’ until the oil in the walnuts separates and the mixture has the texture of thin porridge
  9. Taste the mixture- if it seems sour add sugar to taste
  10. ‘Khoresht-e-Fesenjan’ should be served hot with white rice.

2 thoughts on “Minoo’s Recipe For ‘Khoresht-e-Fesenjan’

  1. I love this recipie. I stumbled on it a couple of years ago and every winter my husband asks “when am I going to make Fesenjan?”. He loves it and so do I . I love Minoo’s recipie because it is simple and no-fail.
    thanks so much!

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