In India, we have year-round availability of juicy, fresh, ruby red pomegranates 😀 We grow pomegranates for most of the world, and export it to several countries. I grew up in Bangalore, where we got the choicest and most delicious varieties of this fruit all through the year. Ripe pomegranate, when peeled will reveal either pale pink or deep red arils that taste sweet/tart, depending on the type of pomegranate.
Pomegranates contain significantly high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants, commonly found in fruits, nuts and vegetables, counteract the damaging effects of oxidation on cells; this is one of the many reasons why this fruit has important cancer-fighting properties. Also, pomegranate juice can clean your arteries, reduce the pain of strep throat, normalise blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
It also gave me another idea, something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time 🙂 Although this blog was started almost 4 years ago, I started blogging regularly only fairly recently. I do have a day job, and a fairly busy one, like all day jobs go. I have only weekends off, and my weekends are reserved for going out, resting (read sleeping), cooking and unwinding with family. Cooking, shooting, processing, and writing a blog post require time and effort. Most of all, it requires commitment, which I could not give at that point. As a result, I used to blog very sporadically and my blog posts / photos were not of consistent quality.
Now my sister has also joined the blog, and things are getting busy around here, and hopefully, better! 🙂 I’ve been on a blog-rejuvenating spree, discussing ideas with my sister, buying equipment, planning recipes, learning photography from DH (he’s really good) and re-doing the blog layout. As a part of this, I wanted a catchy header image which signified this blog, more specifically, ‘a burst of flavor’. In come pomegranates, and I got what I really wanted 🙂 Check out the new header in the home page!
I’ve made a super-delicious, easy-peasy and really healthy salsa with pomegranates, complete with an Indian twist by adding chaat masala :). This will honestly take you all of ten minutes to make! You can have this dish alone as a salad, top it on bread, have it as a side, or use it to add another dimension to your wraps, rotis, frankies, etc. You could also use chips/crisps to scoop this up – that would be incredibly delicious as well !
- Cucumber (1/2 a big cucumber or one small) – peeled and chopped
- Pomegranate – one, arils removed
- Fresh coriander – a handful, finely chopped
- Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon, or equivalent lime juice (3 tsp)
- Jalapeño slices – 1 tsp, finely chopped (I used the bottled ones), OR Green chilli – 1, finely chopped
- Chaat masala – 1/4 tsp or more, to taste
Take all the ingredients in a salad bowl
Add chaat masala
Squeeze the lemon into this
TIPS & TWEAKS
- You could add finely chopped onions & tomatoes as well to this salsa.
- If you are using fresh jalapeño / fresh green chilli, please use a lesser amount first, taste the salsa and check how much heat you can handle, and then add more if needed.