Persian Cuisine – Festive Fesenjan and Beyond

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Fesenjan
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Mohsen Grayeli is a respected Washington, D.C., business executive who guides ASAP Construction Management, LLC, as president. An avid traveler, Mohsen Grayeli particularly enjoys sampling dishes in countries he travels to and considers Italian and Persian among his favorite cuisines.

Encompassing present day Iran, Persian cuisine is diverse and regionally defined, with wheat a basic ingredient and chicken, lamb, and yoghurt common. A unifying aspect is a sour flavor that comes through the addition of pomegranates and citrus fruits such as sour oranges and lemons.

One of the most distinctive Persian dishes is fesenjan, which is associated with wedding celebrations and involves a slow simmer of pomegranate paste, onions, and ground walnuts. With cinnamon and saffron added to the thick sauce, along with sugar as an acid balancer, fesenjan is typically served alongside duck or chicken.

Other popular Persian dishes include the tomato and eggplant stew bademjan, and ash-e reshteh, which combines beans and noodles with greens and herbs. The dish is topped with fermented whey, or kashk, which has a sour flavor similar to yoghurt.

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ISF and the Momeni Family Foundation Scholarships

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Iranian Scholarship Foundation
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Mohsen Grayeli serves as owner and president of ASAP, LLC, a holding company founded in 2003, which invests in residential real estate and home remodeling services. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Mohsen Grayeli is an active supporter of several charities including the Iranian Scholarship Foundation (ISF).

Based in California and run mainly by volunteers, the ISF is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to students of Iranian descent who exhibit exceptional academic potential, dedication to community service, and significant economic need. The organization provides several types of scholarships specifically intended for undergraduate applicants. Through the years, the ISF has partnered with several Iranian-American philanthropists who have set up scholarship funds for deserving students.

One of these scholarship funds is facilitated through the Momeni Family Foundation. Every year, the foundation provides ten scholarships in amounts between $500 and $1000 to graduating high school students and current college students of all levels from undergraduate to PhD, regardless of their country of residence. On top of this, the foundation provides three additional scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have achieved permanent residency status in the United States.