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Kaveh Akbar: Vegan Fesenjan 2ish cups raw walnuts 2 cups vegetable stock 1 big yellow onion 1 box firm tofu 2/3rd cup pomegranate molasses (you can find this in Middle-Eastern grocery stores or online) Brown sugar Paprika Salt Turmeric Black pepper Garlic powder Cinnamon I don’t usually follow any specific written recipe so I’m kind of approximating lots of this, but here’s the gist: bake the walnuts at 350 for tennish minutes. Bake the (firm) tofu till crispy. Sauté a big yellow onion until it’s super translucent, add vegetable broth, simmer for a few minutes. Add tofu, simmer for a few more. Crush all the walnuts to a powder (you can put them in a ziploc bag and smash them with a can, or be more dignified with a food-processor ((I use the can))), then add those. Add 2/3rds cup of pomegranate molasses. More if you’re nasty (I’m nasty). If you’re not familiar, it’s quite tart. Simmer for tennish minutes so the flavor can settle, then season—turmeric, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon. Just a bit of each. I like using brown sugar but you can use white. The more you add, the less tart it’ll be—you can really go nuts with it, some people like it only sweet, I like it mostly sweet and a little tart. Add a cup or even two. Sweet’s good. No shame here. Simmer for a long while. It’s like chili, it gets better the longer you cook it—you just wanna be sure to stir every twenty minutes or so so the walnuts don’t stick to the bottom. Serve over white rice!

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This was one of my favorite dishes growing up, a special occasion dish (we always had it then with chicken, which you can do too if you prefer). I remember once, in the days where I was going weeks on popcorn and ramen and rice alone (in a filthy apartment we lovingly dubbed ‘The Trash Castle.’) Digging around one afternoon, I found a bottle of pomegranate molasses in the back of a cupboard (likely nabbed from an ancient trip

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