There is something sensual and romantic about the pomegranate.Subject of poetry, remember the part it had to play in the proposal that Elizabeth Barrett made to Robert Browning:
" -some 'Pomegranate', which if cut deep down the middle.
Shows a heart within blood-tinctured, of a veined humanity!" -
a verse to which he promptly responded with an offer of marriage..
It is also such a beautiful fruit.
Still lifes would not be the same without it , nor would Botticelli's "Madonna of the Pomegranate", neither the sentimental rendition of Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It was a popular symbol for the resurrection, for wisdom and fertility, for good deeds and prosperity.
Pomegraates are seen in Dara Shikoh' s (son of Shah Jehan the builder of the Taj Mahal) "muraqqa" an album of pictures of birds and fruits , trees, animals and portraits. dating back to 1650.
In two portraits of a prince and his saqi , pomegranates feature quite prominently against the background of a vast desert.
Here pomegranates are redolent of earthly pleasures and require some leisure in which to enjoy them. Almost everyone I know enjoys this pomegranate salad.Fresh, crunchy and a little sweet it tastes as good as it looks.
- 2 cups of small cauliflower florets
- 1 1/2 cups of chopped cabbage
- 2 cups of chopped cucumber
- 1 cup of chopped simla mirch/capsicum
- 1 cup chopped spring onions with greens
- 1 cup cooked sweet corn
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
Mix all these vegetables and the pomegranate together in a large salad bowl.
1 1/2 cups Yogurt dressing made from dahi/curds hung in muslin for a few hours to thicken.
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp freshly ground mustard seeds
- 1tbsp tomato sauce
Add these last two just before mixing the dressing into the salad, a minute before serving.
- 1 tbsp vinegar. (Reduce if the yogurt is not thick enough.)
- 1 tsp salt.
Tastes out of this world with any crusty bread , broon or pau.