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This dish is based on the Iranian Khoresh, a meat or poultry stew combined with various vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. A Khoresh will always be served with rice. A squab is a 25 to 30 day old pigeon, also known as fledglings or squeakers. Rhubarb has a long and interesting history as a medicinal and ornamental plant. Although botanically a vegetable, it is more commonly used as a fruit. Its leaves contain a large amount of oxalic acid and should not be eaten.
In a large pot, brown the onions and garlic in some olive oil with the squabs, then add the salt, pepper and turmeric and fry 1 minute.
Add the tomato and spice jam, honey, herbs, cinnamon and saffron.
Add the lime juice and enough chicken stock to cover all the ingredients, then simmer for about 2 hours.
Add the rhubarb and simmer a further 5 minutes.
To finish, add the dates and chickpeas.
Serve with rice pilaf.
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