Have you ever wondered how Persian Jews celebrate Purim? What do they serve to rejoice over their salvation from Haman? After all, their ancestors were directly affected. Up to this point, I could only wonder, because the Persian Jewish community is very insular, and recipes are a closely guarded family secret. Now, it is possible to learn about these Jewish Persian customs from Persian Food from the Non-persian Bride: And Other Sephardic Kosher Recipes You Will Love, whose author, Reyna Simnegar, has a lot in common with Queen Esther.
Where can you find tamarind, sour mango powder, and jaggery in Philadelphia? I found out serendipitously the other day when I got lost. As I drove past the intersection of 42nd and Walnut Street I noticed a store called International Foods & Spices. It intrigued me, so I decided to take a detour and see what it was.
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