Molasses is a by-product of the refining of sugarcane into sugar. It’s syrup that can have various usages in recipes. Instead of sugarcane, we are going to prepare Pomegranate Molasses. Since it has sweet and tangy fruit taste we can use as salad dressing, ketchup or chutney or any other condiment. It can be refrigerated and stores for 6 months for later use. We are going to prepare very quick chaat recipe with its use.
- 6 Big pomegranates
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 100 gm chana dal (store bought)
- 100 gm bundi (store bought)
- 1/4 cup bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 tsp green chilies finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Salt to taste
- Pit 6 pomegranates an take the seeds into bowl (How to pit Pomegranate??)
- Now blend them in a blender and make juice out of it leaving half a cup of seeds aside for garnish.
- Pour the juice through the drainer so that unwanted coarse paste remains behind.
- Add the juice in the pan and turn on the heat.
- Add sugar and pinch of salt.
- Let it simmer for atleast 30 to 40 minutes.
- It should reduce to 1/4th in portion.
- When you see the texture like ketchup, the molasses is ready.
- Let it cool and store it in airtight container in refrigerator.
- In a mixing bowl mix, mix channa dal, boondi, chillies, chopped bellpepper and tomatoes, pomegranate seeds and cilantro and mix well.
- Add pinch of salt and 5 tsp of molasses and mix well.
- Your yummy chaat is ready to be served.
- Do not add any water when making juice out of pomegranate seeds. Boil it enough so that there is no natural water content of fruit left. Molasses can be used as salad dressings. It can also be used as a glaze for desserts. When it is added to any dish, it doesn’t make it soggy and remains crisp for longer period of time.