Day 7 of the Fertility Challenge: Khoresht-e aloo – chicken and dried sour plum stew

Khoresht-e aloo is a firm family favourite and was one of the dishes I craved during my pregnancy with Cyrus. It’s such a warm, comforting dish with both sweet and sour flavours.
Aloo Cheh or dried sour plums are among the foods most likely to enhance fertility because of their antioxidant nutrients. You can buy them at most Asian supermarkets. I go to MA Brothers in Newcastle upon Tyne. However if you’re down in London, take a trip to Persepolis in Peckham, where I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for. And here it is!

While there is no guaranteed way to eat yourself pregnant, foods like aloo cheh can help boost your chances of conception. By eating them you can also help to maintain cardiovascular health. Research has provided supporting evidence regarding the fact that the regular intake of dried plums helps in promoting fluidity of blood in the arteries. Try this recipe below and see for yourself!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
Four chicken breasts
1 cup pitted dried sour plums (aloo cheh)
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 large onions
2 large tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon liquid saffron
cooking oil
salt

Method:

  1. Wash the prunes and soak in cold water for 30 minutes.
  2. Peel and thinly slice onions. Fry in oil until slightly golden.
  3. Wash chicken pieces and fry in onions and turmeric until color changes. Add chopped tomatoes, cinnamon, salt and prunes (with the water they were soaked in) to chicken and cook over medium heat for about an hour.
  4. Add the liquid saffron to chicken and prunes and cook over medium heat for another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with rice.

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