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Rob-e Anar

Fresh pomegranate molasses

(Persian pomegranate molasses)

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Known in English as pomegranate molasses, pomegranate syrup or pomegranate concentrate, this ruby red syrup with a deep, luxurious flavor a key ingredient in the cuisine of Iran. Rob-e anar is indispensable in fesenjan, a famous Persian dish.

In Arabic, pomegranate molasses is called dibs rummanrebb el-rumman or rub al-rumman. Its name in Turkey is nar ek┼čisi, and the Turkish version is generally less sweet. Pomegranate syrup generally refers to a less concentrated form than molasses.

Makes about 2 cups


  • Pomegranate juice -- 8 cups
  • Sugar -- 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice -- 2 tablespoons


  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high flame. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the liquid is thick, syrupy and reduced to about two cups. This process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Be careful to gradually reduce the heat as the mixture thickens to prevent burning.
  3. Remove from heat and store refrigerated for up to 4 weeks.

Rob-e Anar Variations

  • Pomegranate Syrup: Boil to reduce the liquid's volume to 4 cups instead of 2 cups. Perfect to mix with seltzer or mineral water to make a refreshing beverage.
  • Pomegrante Spritzer: Mix 1/4 cup of pomegranate syrup into a glass of sparkling water.
  • Stir into lemonade for a flavor boost and a beautiful color.
  • Substitute for grenadine syrup when mixing cocktails.
  • Add to marinades and vinaigrettes.
  • Use to glaze grilled fish or poultry.
  • Use as and ice cream topping or mix into yogurt.


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