Persian Carrot & Beef Stew (Havij Polo)

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My dad has been traveling overseas a lot and usually on his return flights back to the States, he would make his connection into San Fran for a weekend visit.  I had never officially attempted a Persian dish on my own, so I was really nervous to make this for him!   However, I knew this would be something my dad would enjoy - a home cooked meal.  After getting a few tips from my mom, I ventured to the store for the ingredients, which are all pretty standard.  The outcome:  much easier than I