Chahar Torkmeh: Four Seed Remedy
Use as a decoction when you’re down with the snuffles.
Trouble with this, like many ancient remedies, is that no-one seems to be able to agree what should go in it. Ours seems to contain quince seeds (famously good for the chest), chia seeds and some varieties of mustard – but don’t quote us on that. Any which way, Iranians buy it by the bucket load, so it must be efficacious to some degree. Add boiling water, allow to steep, sweeten as required and then sup.