- Funwithfood Jun 8, 2004 12:14 PM
I once had a recipe which called for Pomegranate "Molasses" (or concentrate). It was apparently sold and Indian Markets, but when I stopped into one the shopkeeper had no idea what this product was.
1.) Where is this product carried?
2.) Has anyone tried a recipe in which this product was included--please expound.
Pomegranate Molasses/Paste/Syrup is primarily a Persian or Afghani product. There are two persian dishes that it's the "anchor" of:
1 - Fesenjoon, a pomegranate and walnut stew with little meatballs (or chicken, if you prefer) and served over white rice.
2 - Ash-Anar, which is a rich and hearty pomegranate-based soup with persian noodles.
I've linked below to the Sadaf online store - I recommend the Sadaf brand, not the other one they have. The bottle that is $5.79 is FAR superior to the less expensive product.
I bought it for a recipe and then lost the recipe. (Maybe something in Saveur?) Anyway, all was not lost, because I quickly discovered that it's really good added to seltzer.
pomegranate molasses is also an ingredient in mideast/turkish recipes and I suspect in Georgia too. I think it is boiled down pomegranate juice - so it is dark red, thick and sweet/sour. Cortas is a common lebanese-made brand. a spoonful of it can substitute in dishes calling for fresh pomegranate seeds or juice. I use it in a great bean/chopped walnut salad in one of Paula Wolfert's books.