Pomegranate powder, also referred to as anardana, is ground sun-dried seeds harvested from fresh pomegranate. Seeds are often taken from overly sour pomegranates. Most commonly it is used in Indian and Iranian cooking to provide a tart and tangy flavor to curries and other dishes such as chutneys. In addition to infusing a sweet and sour flavor, pomegranate powder acts as a thickener and a preservative, much like lemon juice. Pomegranate powder is available to purchase as a spice or can easily be made at home.
Sprinkle pomegranate powder over your favorite side dishes for a dash of flavor. Incorporate the powder by dusting over salads, cold pasta dishes, fruit salad or vegetable casseroles.
Add pomegranate powder to traditional Indian dishes such as curry or kebabs. Marinate chicken or lamb in a blend of spices including pomegranate powder prior to cooking, or dust on before frying or baking.
Mix pomegranate powder into soups and hearty stews already packed with flavorful meats and vegetables such as potatoes, peas, spinach and chiles for an extra kick.
Use pomegranate powder as an attractive garnish and seasoning for dishes such as hummus, a Middle Eastern chickpea-based dip, or baba ganoush, an eggplant spread. Both are commonly eaten with pita bread or pita chips or as an accompaniment to traditional Indian meals.
Add pomegranate powder to proteins, particularly meats, for a unique flavor. Use the flavorful powder to season deviled eggs, pork chops or even to spice up bland meatloaf.
Pomegranate powder can be stored for up to one year in an airtight container.
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