Ajil - Persian Trail Mix

Ajil - Persian Trail Mix

Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

14 Servings, 140 Calories per serving, 5–10 Minutes

This mix of sweet and salty nuts, seeds, and dried fruits is traditionally eaten through the long night of the winter solstice, known in Iran as Shab-e Yalda. Families celebrate the coming of the light with an all-night party that includes poetry, pomegranates (to symbolize the life cycle), and this delicious nut mix.


  • 1½ cups mixed roasted nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds - pistachios - cashews - hazelnuts - whole and slivered almonds)
  • 1½ cups mixed dried fruits (barberries - golden raisins - mulberries - goji berries - chopped apricots)
  • 10 to 15 dried Mission figs - cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup dried and salted chickpeas (optional)


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use

Make the trail mix

In a bowl, combine the nuts, fruit, figs, and chickpeas, if using. Mix well.


Serve at once, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Nutrition per serving: Calories: 140, Protein: 3 g, Fiber: 3 g, Total Fat: 7 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 10 mg, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Added Sugars: 0 g
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