Stuffed Quince (Persian)

From: Sarah Henderson
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1993 19:21:14 -0700 (PDT)

From _Food of Life_.
Stuffed Quince(Dolmeh-e Beh)
4 large quinces similar in size
1/4 cup yellow split peas or green peas
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 lb. ground meat(lamb or beef)
2 Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. tomato paste
1/3 cup vinegar or lemon juice
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. saffron, dissolved in 1 Tbsp. hot water
Wash quinces, cut off tops and hollow out(scoop out seeds and some pulp),
leaving 1/2 inch pulp on all sides.  Save tops and set fruit aside.  Cook
split peas in 2 cups water for 30 minutes over medium heat, then drain. 
OR cook green peas in 1/4 cup water for 10 minutes and drain.
Brown onion and meat in 2 Tbsp. oil.  Add tomato paste, 2 Tbsp. vinegar or
lemon juice, split peas or peas, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, pepper, and cinnamon. 
Mix thoroughly.  Fill quinces with stuffing, replace tops and place in
greased baking dish.
Combine 1 cup water with remaining vinegar or lemon juice, sugar, 1/2 tsp.
salt, 1 Tbsp. butter, and saffron.  Pour over the fruit.  Cover and place
in preheated 350 degree F oven.  Bake 1 1/2 hours, basting occasionally
with juices.
Check to see if fruit is done.  Serve with bread, yogurt, and fresh herbs.


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