Lentils and Eggplant with Pomegranate and Crispy Onions | Rummaniyeh

Eggplant and dark lentils are such a paring! We loved them here – this is an extraordinary dish – and we love them in this recipe. When the eggplant is cooked with the lentils it becomes very silky and simply melts into them. This is the joy of Rummaniyeh.

Pomegranates also feature strongly in Rummaniyeh. In fact, Rumman means pomegranate, so this dish’s name, Rummaniyeh, means pomegranatey. Pomegranates are cherished in Palestine – they are an integral part of Palestinian eating, and are regarded as a symbol of abundance and prosperity.  The cheap and easy recipe uses rich, sweet-tart pomegranate molasses and pomegranate kernels (when in season), for a tangy stew in which the eggplants melt into the lentils as they gently simmer. Crispy onions, fried garlic, zingy lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, hot chilli and generous amounts of olive oil are added, to create layers of flavour and transform the primary ingredients.

Today’s recipe had its genesis in the one in Falastin by Tamini. I made some adjustments to make it simpler, with more lentils, and also to get that simmered silkiness of the eggplants.

Eat warm or at room temperature with pitta or tafoon (Middle Eastern flatbread) and a chopped salad. I like a bowl of spiced yoghurt with it. You can serve Rummaniyeh at any time, but it is especially good for breakfast!

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Grilled Figs with Pomegranate Molasses and Orange Zest

The joy of life in Autumn is definitely lead by figs. Poaching, grilling and salads feature strongly, and I can’t emphasize enough how crucial it is to choose good, sweet, squidgy figs, no matter what you do with them. It makes all the difference.

All sorts of things go well with figs – cinnamon, star anise, for example. Nuts. Orange. Almond butter. In this recipe we are using pomegranate molasses for a marinade then a rich, sticky sauce, orange peel and thyme.

Need I mention that this deliciousness is the product of Ottolenghi from his book Plenty More. We are slowly cooking our way through this book, but he keeps putting out new ones so fast we can’t keep up! :).  We will often massage his recipes to suit what is cost effective locally, and what is in my garden, pantry and kitchen at the time. We haven’t played with this one, but you can check his original recipe in his books or on his site.

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Gigantes or Lima Beans Baked with Tomatoes and Pomegranate Molasses

I have a few loved recipes where beans are baked in stock and a drizzle of oil. We make them all Winter because they are so easy to make, so delicious, and they can accompany almost anything. Both the Italians and the Greeks are specialists at baking beans.

In this recipe we use Lima beans as a substitute for Gigantes which we cannot get locally. They have a shorter cooking time, so if you are lucky enough to have true Gigantes, cook for a little longer.

We have used our home made molasseses in this dish and love it with our home made pomegranate molasses and our quince molasses. I have used Hawaiian Chilli Water too. Use Grape Molasses if you have it for an authentic Greek touch, or try other available types – date molasses or even tamarind molasses. When the molasses has been too sweet I have added sour grapes from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern stores. Each variation will give the beans a different flavour, so you will never get bored with this dish. Diane Kochilas, in her book Ikaria, says she has made this dish with pine honey and orange juice! Diane is my go-to person for Greek recipes.

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Walnut and Pomegranate Dip

This is a particularly great dip or spread for Autumn. You know that we love our dips and spreads, and this one makes use of our home made pomegranate molasses and the unshelled walnuts that are commonly available in the local area. Pomegranate Molasses makes great dips and spreads when mixed with any nut butter, tahini or miso.

This paste is simple to make using the food processor and easy to pull together when unexpected guests arrive. We love those sorts of recipes.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Molasses

We are quite into roasted Brussels Sprouts now – we have eaten more sprouts this year than in total since childhood. I have never really enjoyed Brussels Sprouts as my Mother, bless her cotton socks, overcooked them. Boiled, grey and soggy, and not a drop of lemon juice. Sigh. Brussels Sprouts should never go near water.

This year we discovered roasted Brussels Sprouts (and raw Brussels Sprouts, but that’s another story). They make great snacks too – we will eat them at any time of the day – fingers can be used.

Today we roast them tossed with pomegranate molasses. Deee- vine. The sweet-tart of the molasses against the bitter of the brussels sprouts is very special.

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Olive, Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad

In the Middle East and places like Afghanistan and Turkey, Pomegranates are all the rage, and the pairing of olives, pomegranate and nuts is rather common as you get closer to the Mediterranean. We have used Pomegranates with Walnuts and Pistachios before, with just Walnuts, with Hazelnuts, and today we use just Pistachios. This one is a herbaceous salad, and absolutely divine.

The dressing has the Middle Eastern spice, Golpar, in the dressing. This is available from Middle Eastern and Afghan groceries. You might need to buy the seeds (they look like lacy butterfly wings) and grind your own. It is a beautiful spice, but if you can’t find it, leave it out.

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Black, Brown or Green Lentil Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

I had been in a conference and training for 12 hours a day for a full 5 days and was yearning for fresh food, sunshine and exercise. The food part was easy, a large bowl of lentil salad with pomegranate molasses and cumin and lots of fresh herbs.

This is a quick and easy salad, once the lentils are cooked. You will love it.

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Tomato and Walnut Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing

With some itsy bitsy tomatoes in hand, looking more like jelly beans than tomatoes, we made a Tomato and Walnut Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing. A perfect choice, as we had made our own Pomegranate Molasses, and had whole walnuts sitting on the kitchen bench. You can of course, purchase pomegranate molasses – I find the Middle Eastern shops have the best ones.

It was Lucy’s recipe, from Nourish Me, that we went to for inspiration. It’s a pretty easy salad – take some juicy tomatoes, and make an interesting dressing with garlic, cinnamon and pomegranate molasses. Pretty good, as all of Lucy’s recipes are.

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Burghul, Walnut, and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate

This is a salad with flavours of the Middle East, taking burghul and tomatoes and mixing them with spices, walnuts and pomegranate molasses.

It is a lovely salad, so well suited to Autumn and early Winter (if you can still get good tomatoes). Burghul is available from Middle Eastern groceries – our local shop has about 5 different varieties. This salad uses fine burghul.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Hazelnut Salad with Pomegranate

In this memorable salad from Ottolenghi and Tamimi’s Jerusalem, roasted Cauliflower, Celery and Hazelnuts are combined with Pomegranate, fresh Parsley, and warming spices. A sweet-tart vinaigrette finishes it off.

When we roast cauliflower, we make a whole lot, often 2 – 3 trays, and it is used for Cauliflower Soup, Crispy Cauliflower with Tahini Yoghurt Dressing, and this salad. Roasted cauliflower is one of the best ways to use this gorgeous winter vegetable.

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