|Pistachio and pomegranate meatballs|
The pistachio and pomegranate meatballs that she prepared for the tasting are a delicious example. The ground chicken (or meat or fish) is blended with chopped nuts, aromatic spices, parsley and cilantro and then baked for a crispy crust. Then she tops them with a saucelike glaze. Pomegranate molasses gives the glaze a haunting, sweet-and-sour taste, while the fruit’s seedlike arils add “pop” to the bite. There's a touch of red pepper for zing.
The recipe can be found in her mouth-wateringly illustrated cookbook: Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies, Mage Publishers, and can be downloaded from her website.
For a taste of Persian food in the DC Metro area, head to Shamshiry or Yas Cafe and Restaurant.