Of royal Persian origin and Arabic roots, this dish is a favorite Rosh Hashanah dish of the Moroccan Jews. Because of their many seeds, pomegranates symbolize the hope that in the year ahead, Jews will be able to perform many worthy deeds, or mitzvahs. The piquant pomegranate contrast with the sweet rich walnuts, provide an extraordinary texture and flavor. In ancient Persia, the sauce for Fesenjan is traditionally made with walnuts and pomegranate molasses.
Ingredients for Pomegranate Braised Chicken
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Dates are high in iron and potassium and contain modest amounts of folate and a small amount of vitamin A, and the B vitamins. Dates are beneficial for anemia, constipation and fatigue.
Pomegranates are a great source of antioxidants and vitamins. Pomegranate juice is particularly effective at: Neutralizing damaging free radicals, Preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol and plaque build-up in blood vessels and Preserving nitric oxide, a key chemical in the body for regulating blood flow and maintaining vessel health.