Sharbat with vinegar & mint syrup, cucumber (& gin)

Sekanjebin khiar

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Pomegranates & Artichokes: Recipes and memories of a journey from Iran to Italy

By Saghar Setareh

Published 2023

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Sekanjebin, a combination of the words serkeh (vinegar) and angebin (syrup), is a very old Iranian recipe. It used to be served as a medical recipe in ancient Perso–Arab medicine by Avicenna, who believed sekanjebin could cure different malaises based on changing the ratio of vinegar and sugar.

These days, sekanjabin is a synonym for summer afternoons. The simplest summer snack would be a head of cos (romaine) lettuce, next to a bowl of this syrup.