Spiced Pomegranate Smoothie

Ingredients on plate: pomegranate, cashews, tamarind paste, ginger, can cuminNow that I have my faster and more fun pomegranate deseeding technique, I’ve been eating a lot more pomegranates. A friend who is Indian-American came up with this interesting variation on the pomegranate smoothie. It’s inspired by jeera pani (cumin water) and a pomegranate lassi. I would never have thought to put cumin seeds in a fruit drink, but it’s surprisingly good. Completely different from the usual smoothies, and a bit savory.

pink pomegranate smoothie in Mason jar2 cups pomegranate seeds (from 2 pomegranates)
1/2 tsp roasted cumin seeds
1/2 cup roasted cashews*
1/4 tsp tamarind paste
1 inch fresh ginger (~2 cm3)
pinch of salt
8 ice cubes

Roast cumin seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant, then remove from heat. Add ingredients to container and blend on high until smooth. It’s worth blending a bit longer than usual to get the the pomegranate seeds, cumin seeds, and cashews smoother. There will still be some texture (unless you strain it), but we found it totally palatable and quite delicious.

*other nuts would also work, as would yogurt

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Spiced Pomegranate Smoothie — 2 Comments

  1. Dear Adam,

    What do you mean by an inch of fresh ginger? Grated? Or jus an inch long chunk of the root, unpeeled & just stuck in the vitamix with all the other ingredients?


    • I meant 1 inch of a standard “finger” of ginger….
      I never know how to denote how big a chunk of ginger is.
      It does not need to be peeled or grated, but slicing it into ~1/8″ disks can be helpful if it is fibrous, because otherwise the fibers do not always get cut up in the Vitamix.

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