What is Pomegranate Molasses?
Well for starters, it is not molasses at all but is instead pomegranate juice that’s been cooked and reduced to a thick, syrup like consistency.
I simply adore it! Let me see if I can describe it to you. As mentioned, it’s syrupy, but not too dense in viscosity, almost like nectar but with only a hint of sweetness. Pomegranate Molasses also has a slight tartness about it that is very reminiscent of balsamic vinegar which it also rather resembles in colour, but is nowhere near as pungent or sharp. There is a certain mellowness about it and a maturity in flavour that you would usually associate with aged products like the aforementioned balsamic vinegar. I have been known to, erm, lick the spoon over and over, it’s really that good!
I used to have to get mine online form specialist cookshops in London but these days, many of the larger supermarkets in larger towns in the UK stock it. I know you can get definitely get it in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
You could of course make your own. Oh yes, it is that easy! It’s just a case of cooking down about 1 litre (4 cups) of pomegranate juice, recipe below. You can make it with fresh pomegranate too, but that’ll be a subject for another day!
How to Use Pomegranate Molasses
There are so many uses for pomegranate molasses.
- Use is to deepen and enhance stews, of whatever persuasion, like you’d use Worcestershire sauce.
- Makes a wonderful ingredient in marinades for all sorts of meat, whether you’re roasting, barbecuing or frying. Have a look at my Persian Roast Lamb (above) to get an idea.
- One of my favourite ways to use pomegranate molasses to truly enjoy its flavour? As part of a salad dressing. Take a look at any of the following salads and add a tablespoon to the dressing. Where I’m using balsamic vinegar like in the Crab and Balsamic Strawberries Salad, it’ll enhance the final flavour even more as I feel that it combines so well with balsamic vinegar, neither drowning out the other.
- It goes well over ice cream too, providing a lovely sweet and sharp contrast.
- And I absolutely love it over my strawberries!
Some of the salads you can use the pomegranate molasses on:
DIY Pomegranate Molasses recipe – pomegranate juice that’s been cooked and reduced to a thick, syrup like consistency.
- 1 litre/4 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Place everything in a saucepan and cook for 1 to 1 and a half hours until you get a thick, syrupy liquid.
- Store in a clean bottle or jar at room temperature, will keep for a month.
- If you store it in the fridge, it will last much longer.
- Category: Ingredients
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern