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Spicy Pomegranate Chicken

Spicy Pomegranate Chicken

This recipe is inspired by the Persian pomegranate chicken stew,Fesengen, which is chicken or duck cooked in a rich sauce of walnut paste and pomegranate molasses. This curry has an Indian touch.Pomegranate juice is readily available in supermarkets or you can squeeze your own from fresh pomegranate. Here I have used the fresh ones. The sauce is sweet and slightly tart and is a really satisfying dish and the flavors is exotic.

Chicken- 1 1/2 lb
Onions finely chopped- 2 medium
Garlic cloves-6-8
Potato- 1 small (optional)
Green chilly finely chopped-2
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Chilly powder- 1/2
Coriander powder-3/4 tsp
salt and pepper to taste

Pomegranate juice- 3/4 cup
Sugar- 2 tsp
Lemon juice- a few drops

Walnut roasted and powdered- 2 tbs
Cinnamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder- 1/3 tsp
Cardamon powder- 1/3 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish

Clean chicken and remove the skin. Pat dry and marinate with turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, salt and pepper and keep aside for half an hour.

In a saucepan mix pomegranate juice and sugar and bring it to a boil. Reduce flame and allow to simmer and thicken a bit. Add a few drops of lemon juice and keep aside.( You can use pomegranate molasses or just add the juice without boiling to the curry)

Roast walnut in a low flame for 2-3 minutes and using a mixer blend into a coarse powder. ( You can add more of this if you like up-to half cup to make the curry richer and creamier)

Heat oil in a pan and  add onions and saute till golden brown. Add chopped garlic, chilly and after a minute add the marinated chicken along with potatoes( if you are adding) and stir and fry till the chicken changes color and the masala is well coated. Add the roasted walnut powder and the spices- cardamon,cinnamon and nutmeg and the pomegranate juice. Cover and cook till the meat is tender. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. Suja this recipe looks wonderful with the Indian twist..Addition of walnut and pom should have given it great taste..yummy...

  2. Wow thats a super delicious and wonderful looking chicken..

  3. Delicious looking pic of chicken with pomegranates. Wonderful pics.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. thats a unique combo/ the colour of the chicken

  5. Oh,the flavor would have delighted you so much I think..That's a tempting presentation dear.

  6. Oh,the flavor would have delighted you so much I think..That's a tempting presentation dear.

  7. Wow! wow! this recipe is awesome...never tried this before....bookmarked!

  8. This look Delicious…You have made it awesome..Totally YUMMO..


  9. each and every dish that u make really are so good it always.. this is really something new..keep up the good work.

  10. Suja,
    Lovely preparation with chicken specially the pomegranate juice+walnut powder in the gravy..hugs and smiles

  11. Suja, that is such a great treat for the eyes dear, really exotic :) well presented, clicks r fab as well!!!

  12. That's a very interesting combination :)

  13. wow, interesting addition of pomegranate in chicken curry..lovely recipe and healthy too..

  14. Very very yummy looking chicken...Bookmarking it...

  15. Wow never tried chicken this way, wat a super tempting dish..

  16. OMG! ur dishes are soo delicious & tempting !! Loved ur clicks too :) Happy to follow you !

    1. Thanks for stopping by..Welcome to my blog:)

  17. Unique combo, yet so delicious looking..! I am announcing Valentines Special – my 1st blog event and a Giveaway.!. Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..! :)

    1. Thanks Anzz, Wonderful event,count me in..happy hosting:)

  18. im pretty intrigued to know what it tastes like...not a big pom fan but with chicken it shud be good

    1. It is a little tart and sweet,makes the chicken moist and delicious..try this,you will love it

  19. A great choice of flavour.....loved it

  20. I'm intrigued by the pom flavor, sure got to try this. Bookmarked!!

  21. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

  22. This looks so yummy the ingredients ur chicken recipe they are so good...I tried ur egg Masala fry suja came out really well family esp my son just loved it:)


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