What is it and where does it come from?
The fresh pomegranate fruits are sold in the UK are of the sweet variety, but Middle Eastern cooking typically uses dried sour pomegranate seeds or powder, or a concentrated form of ‘sour’ pomegranate syrup, known as pomegranate molasses.
It is made by boiling down the juice of a tart variety of pomegranate to form a thick, dark red liquid which makes a rich tasting fruit sauce used in both sweet and savoury recipes.
How to use pomegranate molassses
It is used to impart a uniquely sweet but sharp flavour to a variety of Middle Eastern recipes such as baba ganoush (the aubergine based mezze), Iranian stews (khoresh) and tagines. It is also a typical ingredient of Turkish pilaf, It can also be brushed over chicken and duck prior to roasting for a distinctive sweet and sour flavour and can be used in marinades to tenderise pork or lamb. Diluted with water, it can also make interesting cordials and sorbets, and in itself makes a great dessert topping for ice cream or sorbets.
Where to buy pomegranate molasses in the UK
Usually available only from from Iranian and Middle Eastern stores, you can now buy pomegranate molasses on line from New By Mouth – specialist suppliers of Middle Eastern food ingredients and many other hard-to-find find food items.
New By Mouth offers a range of top quality ingredients more commonly found in the kitchens of top restaurants throughout the UK and Europe. And as any good chef will tell you, good food can only be created using good ingredients. Visit www.newbymouth.com or Contact us for further details.
Recipes with pomegranate molasses
Divine salad dressing
Pomegranate and cumin marinated lamb
If you like Middle Eastern food, then you can also find other Middle Eastern food ingredients online at New By Mouth.