As our favourite scarlet-hued fruit slinks into season, we're experiencing eye-widening, tongue-tingling sensations at the thought of devouring its juicy jewels. Oh pomegranate, there are so many delicious things we'd like to do to you! Let's share magical moments in the morning and perfect our salsa moves, or turn up the heat, bring out the oils and succumb to spicy temptations.
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27 Jun 2018 - 2:06 PM  UPDATED 27 Jun 2018 - 2:06 PM

1. For those who like it in the morning

Soak your chickpeas overnight, head to the kitchen in a sleep-deprived daze and wake up to the scent of sautéed onion, garlic, cinnamon and cardamom. A breakfast staple in Lebanon, lamb fatteh is sweetened with pomegranate molasses and topped with pine nuts, herbs and garlicky tahini-spiked yoghurt. Via Feast

2. Chilli, chocolate and tequila? This could be dangerous.

Simple, dense and thrillingly moist, this chocolate cake recipe comes from chef and host of The Spice Trip, Stevie Parle. The additions of salt, chilli and tequila may sound a little unconventional, but trust us; this baby will blow your mind.

3. Warmer, warmer... that's the spot

Chickpeas can be a little underwhelming in their raw state, but when seasoned, spiced with baharat and roasted until crunchy, the humble legume turns into some kind of wonderful. Serve warm in our Middle Eastern chickpea and pumpkin salad with feta.

4. Massage the spatchcock with ghee

You’ll feel as if you’ve been whisked away to a Persian palace with every bite of this recipe from Feast. Basted with ghee and roasted to perfection, the sweet and sour spatchcocks are stuffed with barberries, sour cherries, saffron and pomegranate.

5. It’s gonna get hot. Blisteringly hot.

Cauliflower is tired of being underestimated. The versatile vege is more than a cheesy partner; you can mash it, pickle it, pop it into pasta or turn it into gluten-free pizza dough. Here, we’ve roasted the heads in a blisteringly hot oven and mixed with a Moroccan spiced salad of buckwheat, mint and pistachios.

6. Crack that wheat!

The Middle East’s answer to dumplings, these deep-fried kibbeh are encased in burghul (cracked wheat) dough. Fill yours with beef or lamb mince, parsley, spices and pomegranate seeds.  

7. Ready to (un)dress

Matthew Evans gets his eggplant smokin’ by scorching the skin on a gas burner, before finishing the job in the oven. Here, he turns the roasted result into baba ghanoush, pairing it with grilled haloumi, pine nuts, fresh herbs and a sweet pomegranate dressing. Via Feast magazine

Haloumi with baba ganoush and pomegranate dressing

8. Let’s do some salsa moves

Featuring tomatoes, peppers, parsley and a swill of pomegranate molasses, Turkish-style tomato salsa, known as ezme, is one of the nation’s favourite dishes. We served the salad with lamb kebabs to match our meaty mood. Go for haloumi and flatbread if you swing on the vegetarian side.

 

9. Get your freek(eh) on

Step aside quinoa, freekeh’s here to steal the superfood crown. In this recipe from Harvest, the wholegrain makes friends with similarly salubrious ingredients, including eggplant, capsicum, almonds and pomegranate. Dressed with cinnamon and orange juice, it’s a health nut’s edible dream.

10. If you like it low and slow

Duck fat does wonders in this slow-roasted recipe from chef Somer Sivrioglu. Sauced with port, pomegranate and sour plums, and served on a bed of greens, this duck dish is a little bit naughty and a whole lot of nice.

11. Interesting and adventurous? 

Smash those preconceived notions of what a salad should be. In this creative and colourful piece, Hassan M’Souli mixes toasted hazelnuts with ruby grapefruits, green olives, avocado and snow pea sprouts. 

12. For comfort that's all-consuming

Called arroz doce in Portugal and riz au lait in France, rice pudding is loved the whole world over. This Middle Eastern version from Feast Magazine laces the comforting dessert with cinnamon, rosewater and pomegranate syrup.

13. The sheer carn(ivore)ality of it

The chefs at Melbourne restaurant Mamasita have made over Mexican classic chiles en nogada (chillies in walnut sauce) with the addition of pork fillets and tequila-soaked raisins. Combine spices and dried mulato chillies with cumin and coriander seeds to give your pork a good rubbing.  

Want 37 more reasons to pursue pomegranate? Check out our recipe collection here.

 

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