This time of the year is a busy one for almost everybody. As some of you get ready to celebrate Christmas, Persians celebrate the longest night of the year; Yalda! We all gather to spend Yalda together. We laugh, read poems, eat special treats and fruits. We keep our bodies warm by keeping our hearts close to one another. Yalda, just like Christmas represents more than just a celebration: It is a spiritual evening deeply rooted in our culture with its dark beauty, announcing and welcoming winter as well as reminding us of how much our loved ones matter.
Pomegranate Mango Salad
If you are looking for an exotic and yet healthy desert, the pomegranate citrus salad will definitely do the job! It only takes up less than fifteen minutes of your time but simultaneously it is a flavorful and simple morsel. This is the recipe I created to make and share with my family. I really wanted to pamper them with juicy and fresh flavours, and I succeeded. This recipe is going to be a must-have in Winter time and occasions like christmas and Yalda.
2 large seeded Pomegranates
1 large Mango, peeled and cut into cubes
3 medium Oranges, skinned and cut into cubes
1 Squeezed lemons, we will be needing the juice
2 tablespoons of Honey
1 cup of Orange or Mango juice
Just combine all the ingredients, toss and serve. It is that simple!
Enjoy and Bon Appétit
Fariba Rajabi holds a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and health from the University of British Columbia.