Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Persian Pomegranate Soup
I saw this recipe for Persian Pomegranate soup a couple of weeks ago on the Morsels and Musings blog. It looked and sounded really interesting to me. I think I have tried pomegranate before but I have never bought them, actually the taste was very familiar and I think the flavour is similar to cranberry.
It is a very hearty stew with pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses, lamb, beetroot, split peas, basmati rice plus loads of fresh herbs and spices. I was unable to find Aleppo pepper so I googled it and found a substitute - 4 parts sweet paprika and 1 part cayenne pepper. I used lamb chops and included the bones but actually it is more suited to lamb diced (like the recipe says!). I also used part pomegranate juice from the fresh pomegranate and part pomegranate juice from a bottle (it was slightly sweetened).
The flavour was really interesting, sweet and sour at the same time. I liked my first few mouthfuls but only once the complex flavours lingered in your mouth were you begging for more. I just kept going back to the pot! I really liked this dish, and I am so glad I cooked it, as it is different to anything I have tasted before.