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Persian Quince & Plum Beef Stew

I grew up with this favorite recipe from my mom... and every time I make it, the smells in the kitchen remind me of home. This quince and beef stew is the most popular Persian food recipe on the blog for good reason, and sure to please everyone at the dinner table. This comfort dish is exactly what your Fall menu is missing!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 476kcal
Author Candice


  • 2 lbs. beef chuck or cow neck, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion chopped or sliced in half moons
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 3 quinces each cut in 8 wedges (If you can't find quince, you can substitute with granny smith apples. However, do not add the apples until the last 15-20 minutes.)
  • 3/4 cup prunes
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • Optional: a few strings of saffron brewed in 3 tbsp hot water
  • Salt and pepper


  • Sautee the onion in the canola oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the beef, turmeric, salt, and pepper and sautee until brown on all sides.
  • Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses and 4 cups water. Bring to boil. Lower to simmer. Simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the prunes and quince. Cook 30 minutes or until the quince is tender.
  • Optional: Before serving, add the saffron and mix.
  • Serve with basmati rice. Noush-ie-jan!


Buy extra quince and freeze it. Just quarter, core, and seal in an airtight container. Keeps in the freezer for up to 18 months.
Can't find pomegranate molasses? Buy pomegranate juice and simmer it until reduced by 75%.
The saffron is an optional addition, but adds another depth of flavor and aroma... try not to skip this one, if possible!


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 1305mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 778IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 5mg