Pomegranate molasses is a reduction of Pomegranate juice and sugar and is very commonly used in Middle Eastern recipes. It can be easily made at home using just fresh pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice. Here is how to make it.
About This Recipe
Pomegranate Molasses is a well-used, frequent ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine. It is made by reducing the juice of Pomegranate with an iota of sugar and lemon juice.
It is a deep dark red, musky syrup that can be stored under refrigeration for quite a few days and is used to make a variety of dishes giving them a typical fruity, earthy and tart flavor.
The subtle flavor of this Molasses changes the taste of the dish by far and wide.
Use this yummy concoction while preparing those unique dishes for dinners or parties.
Simple to make and easy to assemble, it lends such a promising flavor to your meals that you would remember its taste for years.
Bookmark it quick recipe and prepare this Middle Eastern delight at home within no time!
This Pomegranate Molasses is,
- Easy to make
- Made with just 3 ingredients
- Tangy & Bright
- Known to add flavor in Middle Eastern dishes
This molasses requires just 3 ingredients, fresh pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice.
Traditionally sugar and lemon juice is not added in the molasses. It’s only the pomegranate juice that is reduced.
But, sometimes the pomegranate that we get is not that sweet and juicy. Hence I like to add some sugar. You can totally skip it.
Step by Step Recipe
Add all the ingredients in a pan.
Cook on low heat until the mixture thickens up. Keep removing the foam that collects on top.
Frequently Asked Questions
When the pomegranate kernels are not separated from the rind properly, some of the rinds get mixed in the juice.
This causes bitterness in the molasses. So while juicing the pomegranates, make sure the rind doesn’t go in it.
Canned juice has other stuff added to it which we are not sure of. So I recommend making molasses using fresh pomegranate juice only.
If you have a juicer, you just throw in the pomegranate kernels and it will do it’s job.
But if you do not have a juicer, just throw the kernels in a blender and blitz just until the kernels are crushed.
Now strain the mixture through a soup strainer. Use a spatula to press down to get maximum juice from the seeds.
It is different from the Pomegranate Concentrate which is also called grenadine syrup.
It is much tart and syrupy than the syrup and it much darker in color.
You can use commercial Pomegranate Juice and not the homemade one, but the flavor will not be as intense as of Molasses.
This happens, when you overcook the Pomegranate Molasses. Therefore, always keep an eye while preparing it and assure that it doesn’t get overcooked.
I use it while preparing various Mocktails, Cocktails and Coolers. Stir a little in sparking water or iced teas for a refreshing flavor.
Often, I also add it in some of the marinades to grill my meat or brush a little while meat is grilling.
Drizzle a little over grilled vegetables along with some EVOO.
The deep red color gives a lovely hue to the drinks when mixed with other ingredients and the slight tang in the chicken curry is worth dying for!
I like to add it in my salad dressings as it lends a very complex acidity to the dressing as opposed lemon or vinegar.
It keeps well at room temperature for a long time. Keep it in a cool and dry place away from sunlight.
I personally like to refrigerate the jar as it keeps its temperature constant in the sweltering heat of India.
You can easily store this molasses for up to a year, even more, if stored well.
The canned bottle of pomegranate molasses can be stored for up to 10 years.
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Pomegranate Molasses Recipe
- 5 cups Fresh Pomegranate Juice
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Add pomegranate juice in a heavy bottom pan.
- Add sugar and lemon juice and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Simmer the heat and let the mixture cook for 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours on low heat till it thickens up.
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Store in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to 3 months.