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Halal halāhala

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The rules of being full

Put the yellow split peas in a small pot with water and bring to a gentle boil.
Food is an invitation to see and eat, the participation of bodies.
Once the yellow split peas start boiling, partially cover the pot and let it simmer on low heat.
Body as material.
Sauté the onions in oil in a large pot over medium heat for 15 minutes.
Food as a material.
Add turmeric and sauté for additional two minutes. The onions should be golden in color.
Material and body as food.
Add the pieces of beef to the onions and increase the flame to medium-high.
Food preserves the histories of materials and bodies.
Continue sautéing by adding tomato paste for a couple of minutes on medium heat.
Are we allowed to show any food?
Add a cup of water, cover, and cook for 45 minutes over low heat.
What is the relationship between sweet food, sadness, and happiness?
Continue by adding the Limu Omani, salt, pepper, Advieh, and sugar to the stew.
What is and is not allowed?
Gently stir in the partially cooked yellow split peas, and continue to simmer over low heat.
What is and is not respectable?
While the meat is cooking, toss in the potatoes with oil, salt, and turmeric.
We are prejudiced about food and religion.
Place the potatoes in an oven and roast for about 30 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
The relationship between ethnicity, religion, and food.
Check the stew to ensure the meat is fully cooked.
We censor food. Food censors us.
Add the saffron-water and gently mix with the meat and yellow split peas.
Religion makes the rules.
The stew should be slightly tart and dense, but not too dry or runny with liquid.
Rules make us.
Take the stew off the heat, and allow to settle for 10 minutes.
We make the rules of food.
Place the stew in a serving bowl and garnish with crispy golden potatoes. Serve with Persian saffron basmati rice.
Food makes us.
Bon Appetit!

Halal is an Arabic word that simply means lawful or permitted food.
Halāhala is the name of a type of poison in Hindu mythology.

Participating Artists

  • Mehdi Sadr
  • Amin Shojaei
  • Sahar Mokhtari
  • Minoosh Zomorodinia
  • Sepideh Abtahi
  • Payam Rafiee

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