Aphrodisiac chickpea mash

This is a recipe included in the astronomer Nasir al-Din al-Tusi’s (1201-1274) book on aphrodisiacs, and one which he personally ‘tried and tested’! It is made with yellow chickpeas, which are soaked in water before being peeled and fried. After pounding them, pine kernels and honey are added. Decorate with a mixture of saffron, lemon peel, (true) cinnamon, cassia, and agarwood. The author recommends eating this every day before going to sleep, and claims it did wonders for his potency…

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