Fesenjan

Persian Khoresh Fesenjan

Fesenjan

Persian Fesenjan

Khoresh Fesenjan is one of the best dishes of the Persian cuisine and part of the dinner table on Shabe Yalda when families come together to celebrate the longest night of the year and the beginning of the winter. Walnuts and pomegranates give this stew its characteristic flavor: creamy richness with a tangy flavor and a hint of sweetness. 

Patience is Key

The shopping list is short and the cooking steps are simple. It can be cooked fast. Though, the heavenly taste sensation develops only with patience.

Pomegranate Molasses DIY

Pomegranate molasses is easy to make at home from store bought pomegranate juice:

Cook 4 cups of pomegranate juice (100%) with 2 tbsp sugar over low heat for about 2 hours until it reduces to 1 cup of thick syrup. Stir frequently.

For a change, you can substitute pomegranate juice with cranberry juice.

Variations
  • Substitute chicken with duck, beef meatballs,
    leftover turkey, or lamb stew.
  • Omit chicken and pour sauce over fried eggplants or
    baked root vegetables
The Fesenjan Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Turmeric, cinnamon, orange peel, cardamom, rosebud

Pomegranate
Print Recipe
Persian Khoresh Fesenjan
Cuisine Persian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1.5 lbs skinless chicken pieces
  • 4 cups finely ground walnuts
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/4-1 cup pomegranate molasses *)
  • sugar
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Optional
  • pomegranate for garnish
  • pomegranate or cranberry juice*)
  • fresh herbs chopped
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Turmeric, cinnamon, orange peel, cardamom, rosebud
Cuisine Persian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1.5 lbs skinless chicken pieces
  • 4 cups finely ground walnuts
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/4-1 cup pomegranate molasses *)
  • sugar
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Optional
  • pomegranate for garnish
  • pomegranate or cranberry juice*)
  • fresh herbs chopped
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Turmeric, cinnamon, orange peel, cardamom, rosebud
Instructions
Rice
  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
Chicken
  1. Rub all chicken pieces with salt & pepper to taste and with Fesenjan Spices.
  2. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil. Fry onions until slightly golden. Add chicken pieces and fry them on all sides until light brown. Set aside.
Sauce
  1. In a large POT, add ground walnuts.
  2. Add 4 cups of water to the walnuts, mix well, cover, and bring to boil. Cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Stir frequently.
  3. Stir in salt and pomegranate molasses to taste. The flavor should be tangy and a bit sweet. If the sauce appears too sour, add sugar until it's just fine for you. Cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Stir frequently.
  4. Add the chicken and onions to the POT, cover, and cook over medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked.
Serve
  1. Serve Fesenjan with rice, and optionally fresh herbs and pomegranate seeds.
  2. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

*) If you can’t find pomegranate molasses, cook 4 cups of pomegranate or cranberry juice (100%) with 2 tbsp sugar over low heat for about 2 hours until it reduces to 1 cup of thick syrup. Stir frequently.

Nkatenkwan

Ghanaian Nkatenkwan

Nkatenkwan

Nkatenkwan

This Ghanaian dish, called Nkatenkwan, is typically made with okra and peanut butter. 

Peanut Butter Soup With So Many Options

If these traditional ingredients don’t appeal to you, use other vegetables and/ or make it a clear soup. Chicken or other meat can be added optionally.

Grains of the Paradise

The spice kit includes grains of paradise. They are native to West Africa, mainly from Ghana, and a mild but pungent alternative to black pepper.

Variations
  • Substitute chicken with any stew meat. Adjust cooking time and water amount.
  • Without a food processor: chop onion and grate ginger. Only follow steps 6, 2, 8-10, in this order. Add remaining broth in step 2.
The Nkatenkwan Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Rosemary, bay leaves

[2] Grains of paradise

Grains of Paradise
Grains of Paradise
Print Recipe
Ghanaian Nkatenkwan
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cups okra green beans, or other vegetables of your choice
  • 1 large tomato quartered
  • 32 oz broth
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy
  • fresh bread
Optional
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
You might have
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • leaves Pouch [1] Rosemary bay
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cups okra green beans, or other vegetables of your choice
  • 1 large tomato quartered
  • 32 oz broth
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy
  • fresh bread
Optional
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
You might have
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • leaves Pouch [1] Rosemary bay
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Instructions
Prepare the vegetables
  1. Cut the vegetables in pieces that can be cooked in 10-15 minutes.
Cooking
  1. In a large POT, add 2 cups broth. Bring to boil.
  2. Add onions, ginger, tomato, okra or other vegetables, chicken (optional), salt to taste, and Nkatenkwan Spices [1]. Return to boil.
  3. Cook for 10-15 minutes until vegetables are cooked. Turn heat off.
  4. Scoop out some onions to use as garnish, and chicken (if used). Set aside.
Blend the vegetables
  1. Transfer soup to a FOOD PROCESSOR and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Add the peanut butter
  1. In the same POT, heat 2 cups broth. Add peanut butter to dissolve in the broth over low heat, stirring constantly.
Cook all together
  1. Add blended vegetable-soup.
  2. Add water if you want to make the soup more liquid. Cook soup for 20 minutes.
  3. Add onion slices and chicken (if used). Cook to reheat.
Finish up
  1. Sprinkle Nkatenkwan Spices [2] to taste on plated soup from a grinder or whole.
  2. Serve soup with fresh bread.
Recipe Notes

Variations

  • Substitute chicken with any stew meat. Adjust cooking time and water amount.
Currywurst

German Currywurst

Currywurst
German Currywurst with extra curry powder

A Dish With Its Own Museum

The Currywurst might be the only street food worldwide that is honored with a dedicated museum, the Currywurst Museum in Berlin. The original dish from the Fifties is a short sausage, sliced and served with a secret curry sauce and bread.

From Street Food to a Complete Meal

The key to Vaca Frita or “fried beef” is slow cooked beef the Cuban way. Quick frying is the second and last step in the preparation.

Variations
  • Substitute cabbage salad with a quick sour sliced cucumber salad or with your favorite potato salad.
  • Add mayonnaise as an additional sauce.
  • Substitute French fries with baked potato wedges and/or baked root vegetables.
  • Use any kind of sausage that you prefer, e.g. hot dog or vegan.
The Currywurst Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Ginger, chili, yellow mustard, paprika, turmeric, asafoetida, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, white pepper and coriander

[2] Paprika

Currywurst
German Currywurst with cabbage salad
Print Recipe
Currywurst
Cuisine German
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1 lb sausages e.g. Bratwurst or Nürnberger
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 12 oz French fries frozen
  • 4 cups white cabbage finely shredded
You might have
  • agave syrup or honey
  • white vinegar
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
Currywurst Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Ginger, chili, yellow mustard, paprika, turmeric, asafoetida, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, white pepper and coriander
  • Pouch [2] Paprika
Cuisine German
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1 lb sausages e.g. Bratwurst or Nürnberger
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 12 oz French fries frozen
  • 4 cups white cabbage finely shredded
You might have
  • agave syrup or honey
  • white vinegar
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
Currywurst Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Ginger, chili, yellow mustard, paprika, turmeric, asafoetida, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, white pepper and coriander
  • Pouch [2] Paprika
Instructions
Cabbage Salad
  1. In a large BOWL, add cabbage.
  2. In a small POT, mix 3 tbsp vinegar, 1 tbsp syrup, salt & pepper to taste, and 2 tbsp oil.
  3. Bring to boil, pour over cabbage. Let cool.
  4. Let marinate in fridge for 24 hours.
French Fries
  1. Prepare French fries according to package instructions.
  2. When they are ready, toss them with salt and Currywurst Spices [2] to taste.
Sauce
  1. In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  2. Careful of splatters, add tomato puree.
  3. Add 1 tbsp syrup, 1 tbsp vinegar, and Currywurst Spices [1]. Mix well. Bring to boil.
  4. Cook covered 10-20 minutes over low heat. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Sausage
  1. In a PAN, heat oil and fry sausages over medium heat until cooked through.
  2. Transfer sausages to a plate
  3. Cut sausage in 1/2 inch slices (optional).
Waakye

Ghanaian Waakye

Waakye

Beans & Rice from Ghana

Waakye, a Ghanaian dish with beans & rice is a meal of itself or the center of a large number of side dishes. It’s very popular all over Ghana. 

“Waakye”​

The name derives from waakye leaves that are typically used to turn the color of the dish to reddish-brown. Baking soda has the same effect. Try this basic dish with side dishes of your choice.

Grains of the Paradise

The spice kit includes grains of paradise. They are native to West Africa, mainly from Ghana, and a mild but pungent alternative to black pepper.

Variations
  • Waakye as a meal of its own  (first recipe below).
  • Chicken Waakye (second recipe below).

Add a side dish: 

  • Sour cabbage salad: see the recipe in the Currywurst recipe.
  • Fried plantain  Peel and slice a plantain. Sprinkle it with salt and fry in some oil until they are soft inside and golden brown outside. 
The Waakye Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves

[2] Grains of paradise

Grains of Paradise
Grains of Paradise
Print Recipe
Ghanaian Waakye
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed
You might have
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed
You might have
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Instructions
  1. In a FOOD PROCESSOR, blend onion, garlic, and ginger with 1/2 cup of water until smooth.
  2. In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  3. Careful of splatters, add beans, Waakye Spices [1], 1 tsp baking soda, and the liquid from the FOOD PROCESSOR.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
  5. Stir in rice and 2.5 cups of water. Add salt to taste. Mix well, cover, and bring to boil.
  6. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is cooked.
  7. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  8. On the plated dish, sprinkle Waakye Spices [2] to taste from a grinder or the whole peppercorns.
Optional
  1. Serve Waakye with fried plantains, boiled eggs, sour cabbage salad, grilled meat, and/or sausages.
Print Recipe
Chicken Waakye
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed
You might have
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed
You might have
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Instructions
Waakye
  1. In a large POT, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Careful of splatters, add beans and fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 tsp baking soda, rice, 3 cups of water, and salt to taste.
  4. Mix well, cover, and bring to boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is cooked.
Chicken
  1. In a FOOD PROCESSOR, blend onion, garlic, and ginger with 1/2 cup of water until smooth.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  4. Add chicken and fry until it turns brown on all sides.
  5. Careful of splatters, add the liquid from the FOOD PROCESSOR and Waakye Spices [1].
  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat until chicken is cooked. Add some more water if necessary and salt to taste.
  7. On the plated dish, sprinkle Waakye Spices [2] to taste from a grinder or the whole peppercorns.
Optional
  1. Serve Waakye with fried plantains, boiled eggs, and/ or sour cabbage salad.
  2. Enjoy!
Amok

Cambodian Amok

Amok

Cambodian Amok

Amok is a national dish of Cambodia. The most common version is Amok Trey with fish in a fresh coconut sauce seasoned with lemongrass, galangal, and makrut limes. 

Select Your Ingredients

Typical vegetables are local green Nhor leaves which are slightly bitter. You can make this dish with your favorite protein and vegetables. You can even add some fresh pineapples.

Variations
  • Substitute fish with thin strips of chicken breast, sirloin
    beef, or more vegetables. See additional tips online.
  • Use other vegetables, e. g. bok choy, mushrooms,
    green asparagus, bell pepper, and/or napa cabbage.
The Amok Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Lemongrass, galangal, lemon, turmeric, makrut lime, chili flakes, basil, bay leaves, lime peel

Print Recipe
Cambodian Amok
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb fish filet e. g. snapper, cod, tilapia cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 can coconut cream 13.5 oz
  • 1 bunch leaves e. g. mustard, dandelion, collard, or spinach; sliced
  • 2 cups rice
You might have
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • vegetable or coconut oil
  • salt
Optional
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh red chilies chopped
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Lemongrass galangal, lemon, turmeric, makrut lime, chili flakes, basil, bay leaves, lime peel
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb fish filet e. g. snapper, cod, tilapia cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 can coconut cream 13.5 oz
  • 1 bunch leaves e. g. mustard, dandelion, collard, or spinach; sliced
  • 2 cups rice
You might have
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • vegetable or coconut oil
  • salt
Optional
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh red chilies chopped
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Lemongrass galangal, lemon, turmeric, makrut lime, chili flakes, basil, bay leaves, lime peel
Instructions
Rice
  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
Fish
  1. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry onions with a pinch of salt until they turn translucent.
  3. Add garlic and fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add 1 cup of coconut cream and Amok Spices. Mix well.
  5. Add fish and salt to taste. Mix well.
  6. Cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add leaves and remaining coconut cream.
  8. Cook for about 2-5 minutes until the fish is cooked.
  9. Optionally, stir in lemon juice, tamari or fish sauce, and/ or fresh chilies.
Serve
  1. Serve Amok with rice.
  2. Enjoy!
Cambodian Rice Noodle Salad

Cambodian Neorm Masour

Cambodian Neorm Masour

In this light salad, noodles are paired with healthy raw vegetables in a tangy lemon sauce. It’s seasoned with Kampot pepper, which has a floral note and is considered the finest pepper in the world.

Kampot Pepper

Grown in the mineral-rich mountains of the Kampot region, the taste of black Kampot pepper unveils hints of flower, eucalyptus, and mint. “It’s got a floral dimension that’s really something special,” said Anthony Bourdain.

Variations
  • Substitute some of the cabbage with finely sliced
    shallots, bell pepper, or shredded carrots. 
  • Substitute meat with shrimp or cold cut meat, or mix.
The Neorm Masour Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Kampot Pepper

Kampot Pepper
Kampot Pepper
Print Recipe
Cambodian Neorm Masour​
Cuisine Cambodia
Keyword Kampot pepper
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cups cooked meat shredded or finely sliced
  • 3 cups green cabbage finely sliced
  • 2 cups red cabbage finely sliced
  • 4 oz rice or glass noodles
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint or (Thai) basil leaves sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • lime or lemon for juice
  • sugar & salt
Version 1
  • fish sauce
Version 2
  • anchovy paste
  • tamari or soy sauce
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Kampot peppercorns
Cuisine Cambodia
Keyword Kampot pepper
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cups cooked meat shredded or finely sliced
  • 3 cups green cabbage finely sliced
  • 2 cups red cabbage finely sliced
  • 4 oz rice or glass noodles
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint or (Thai) basil leaves sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • lime or lemon for juice
  • sugar & salt
Version 1
  • fish sauce
Version 2
  • anchovy paste
  • tamari or soy sauce
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Kampot peppercorns
Instructions
Salad sauce for version 1
  1. In a small BOWL, mix 2.5 tbsp fish sauce, 4 tbsp lime juice, 3 tbsp sugar, and garlic.
Salad sauce for version 2
  1. In a small BOWL, mix 2 tbsp anchovy paste, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 6 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp sugar, and garlic.
Kampot pepper sauce
  1. Take the Kampot pepper out of the Neorm Masour Spice pouch and grind them.
  2. In a small BOWL, mix 1 cup of water, 4 tbsp lime juice, the ground Kampot pepper, and a dash of sugar and salt.
Noodles
  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions.
Salad
  1. In a large BOWL, add the salad sauce, noodles, meat, cabbage, mint, and salt to taste. Toss to combine.
  2. Top with peanuts, green onions, and optionally fresh chilies.
Serve
  1. Serve Kampot pepper sauce with salad.
  2. Drizzle plated salad with Kampot pepper sauce to taste.
  3. Enjoy!