Also Known as
Anardana is the dried seeds of varieties of pomegranate (Punica granatum) too sour to eat as fresh fruit; they have a tangy, fruity flavor. The wild pomegranate called daru, which grows in the southern Himalayas, is reputed to yield the best anardana. Though used mostly for vegetables and legumes, anardana also flavors Moghul-style dishes. Bits of pomegranate pulp remain on the seeds as they dry, so they're a bit sticky and serve as a souring agent in Indian cuisine. The seeds are roasted and then ground and used instead of lime juice especially in places that have winters and fresh limes are not available.
Pomegranate Seeds (Anardana) are used as a souring agent in Indian cooking in a similar manner to Tamarind, Kokum and Amchur.
How to Select
Anardana is available whole dried and powder form. The seeds are dried and can be purchased as a spice Buy anardana powder for ease of use; buy anardana seeds for texture and good keeping qualities.
" Dried pomegranate seeds are used in Indian and Iranian cooking
" It is an interesting alternative for raisins in cakes and other European sweets
" The dried seeds impart a sweet/sour flavor to vegetables and legume dishes
" Aloo Anardana is one very popular and delicious dish.
" The seeds have a fresh, sweet-sour, very pleasant taste Used to flavor foods and to act as a preservative (similar to the properties of lemon juice) and also as a thickening agent.
" Used in India to sour chutneys they are also used in pastries and breads in the Middle East.
" Try grinding them and sprinkling over salads or vegetable dishes or over fruit salad.
" Add anardana powder to Indian spiced chickpeas.
" It adds a delicate but rustic sour taste to any dish.
" In the Middle East it is used often to garnish dishes such as hummus, salads & tahini.
" Add just a bit to your favourite dish and see if you love the unique flavor that pomegranate seeds add.
" You can even roast and powder and use as per recipe requirements. You can even store the powder in an airtight container in refrigerator, but using fresh roasted powder gives more taste.
How to Store
Store for up to 1 year in tightly sealed container