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Pomegranate Molasses?

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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.

TIA!

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  1. 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.

    Link: http://sadaf.com/store/product384.html

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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          ChowFun (derek)

          For Passover I Charcoal-grilled a butterflied leg of lamb that I had marinated in spices and pomegranite JUICE...then I used the pomegranite molasses to glaze the lamb while cooking on the grill...it was a big hit!

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          1. re: ChowFun (derek)

            I believe you need to post that recipe- I would LOVE to try it. TIA.

          2. This is a great ingredient. I use it to marinate tri-tip along with some soy and lots of garlic. One of those products that seems like more than just the sum of its parts.

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            1. re: Torty

              "One of those products that seems like more than just the sum of its parts."
              Yup. One of my favorite cooks in my family "discovered" pomegranate molasses a while ago and ended up adding it to untold number of dishes, mostly meat and poultry preparations. Very versatile stuff.