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Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Pomegranate Walnut Chicken

Pomegranate Walnut Chicken

Couple of week ago,my friend Rebekah,brought some hand picked pomegranate from her garden.Did you know i love Pomegranate?I think more then eating i love how pretty the ripe pink cut pomegranate looks.Just like pink – red jewels adorned inside a pale case.Ripe Pomegranate are one of the sweetest thing you will taste,even if it comes with the bonus gritty ‘seeds’…Since i have tasted it its natural fruity way, juiced up ‘poms’ doesn’t excite me as much but i still love it nonetheless.

Pomegranate,which i had in hand, was pale pink and not very ripe so i decided to juice it up and cook with it but I had no experience  of ‘cooking’ with pomegranate,we always ate it as fruit,a rare treat,since it has always been one of those expensive fruit.My dad would buy it and  will laboriously remove it from the casing seed by seed for us to nibble on.Very sweet and tasty.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

I knew just like figs,Pomegranate are one of the popular fruit to cook with in Persian middle eastern cuisine.I came across very very popular persian dish ‘fesenjan‘.It is chicken walnut stew cooked  using Pomegranate molasses, which gives the dish its authentic burgandy color.I didn’t had Pomegranate molasses,so i had to get creative

  • I juiced up about 10-12 small size pomegranate using  fork.Painful but it worked,my handy dandy lemon juicer is missing in action and can not relocated yet.
  • I strained the juice and threw away the seeds.I had about 3/4 cup of juice.
  • I reduced the juice to 1/4 cup by simmering it over.I added 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar to it.
  • It is NOT the prettiest looking dish but it  has sweet mellow flavor from cardamom and reduced pomegranate juice which certainly makes it a keeper dish.If i can get a hand on ‘pom molasses’ i will try to replicate this dish in its glory.
Pomegranate Walnut Chicken

Pomegranate Walnut Chicken


Pomegranate Walnut Chicken

Ingredients

  1. 2 chicken breast cut in cubes
  2. 1 onion chopped
  3. 3-4 cardamom ground
  4. 2 Bay leaves
  5. 1/2 cup ground walnut
  6. 1/4 cup reduced pomogrenate juice
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Oil
  9. Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Add oil to pan.Add bay leaves.Add onions.
  2. Saute the onion for 2-3 mins.Add chicken cubes.
  3. Saute it for 2-3 mins.Add cardamom powder.
  4. Add walnuts.Stir it for about 5 mins.
  5. Add reduced pomogrenate juice.Season it with salt and pepper.
  6. Simmer it cover until done.
  7. Serve it with rice of your choice.
http://www.handfulofjoy.com/pomegranate-walnut-chicken/

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