by Sunita on February 22, 2008

Well, ‘dalim’ is Assamese for none other than the juicy ‘pomegranate’. It is quite a common word in our language as people with a small and perfect set of teeth are also referred to as having”dalim gutiya dat’ meaning to have “teeth like pomegranate seeds”. In fact, some people are also named ‘dalim’…I mean, not a nickname, but the actual thing, which, as a child , I found quite amusing ( no offence intended :-) )

This wonderful fruit which yields jewel like juicy edibles is a great product of nature, providing 16% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement per 100 ml serving along with several other health benefits. Being rich in several polyphenols, this fruit has been linked to several health promoting and disease preventing effects including protection against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and a slowing of cartilage loss in arthritis. It is also considered to be a kind of beauty food, great for the skin…some even say that the extracts of pomegranate leaves can be used to fight obesity!! So what are you waiting for… grab that pom and let it’s juicy goodness flow through your body.

I did grab a few of them a while ago and so, when soon after, dear Sra announced that she had chosen this fruit as the theme for AFAM ( an event started by Maheshwari) which she is guest hosting for February, I was overjoyed. But, the fruits disappeared all too quickly before I could even make something out of them…we all adore this fruit and love it in it’s purest form. I had never cooked with them before, and as I was eager to find out how they would fare, the next time I got some more, I saved one for my lab… errrm, well, my kitchen, I mean ;-)

I made some simple healthy muffins and added the pomegranate arils to them. The muffins were quite moist and as the fruit retained it’s juiciness, it was a delight to bite into them. Here’s how I made these pomegranate and nut muffins…

What’s needed-

3 eggs
2 and 1/2 tblsp of honey
3 tblsp of oil
a few drops of vanilla essence
3 tblsp of milk
1 C whole wheat flour
3 /4 C porridge oats
1 and 3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 C of pomegranate arils
2 handfuls of bchopped almonds

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line 5 spaces in a muffin tray.
  2. Beat the eggs along with the milk, honey, oil and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, oats, a handful of the nuts, baking powder and the pomegranate.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the egg mixture.
  5. Mix everything together( do not over mix).
  6. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 of the way and sprinkle the tops with the remaining nuts.
  7. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or till a toothpick inserted through the centre comes out clean.

These muffins taste best while still warm. But if you are having it later, then cool completely on a rack before storing in air tight containers.

These were quite big and heavy muffins; make smaller cupcakes if you want smaller portions. Moreover, these muffins have a very mellow sweetness on their own. I felt that the fruit lends it’s own sweet and juicy touch, but, feel free to increase the sweetness of the mixture according to your taste. If you’re adding more honey, just remember to add a little more flour to balance the mixture.

The nature of these muffins might easily earn them a place at the breakfast table as well…and so, I am also sending them over to another dear blogger buddy Suganya who is guest hosting WBB, the brainchild of Nandita … Sug has chosen “healthy eats “as her theme for the event.

However, if you are in the mood for a treat and want to indulge a bit, drizzle some cream over them. Breakfast or treat, enjoy them as you please!!

Dear Sra and Sug, I will mail you with the details of my entry shortly :-)

Wish all of you a fabulous weekend ahead!!

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy cook February 22, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Yumm Give me the one you serve for tea anytime.


2 Rachel February 22, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Wow great pics…lovely colour of the pomes….

The muffins look great…pomes in it sound interesting….


3 sunita February 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Happy cook,and you’re welcome anytime :-)


4 Asha February 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm

We call Poms “Dalimbe” in Kannada!! We do have something in common after all!:)))
Muffins look delcious. I love the taste of Pom powder too, sweet and tangy, specially in Chole.
Have a wonderful weekend, see you Monday!:))


5 sunita February 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm

rachel, thanks…I actually added them on a whim,pleasantly did not regret it :-)


6 sunita February 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm

asha,now, that’s interesting :-) …chole, you’ve reminded me ..I need to soak some for tomorrow :-)


7 Kalai February 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Looks awesome, Sunita!! I love the idea of pomegranate in muffins. Yours look so moist and fluffy. Nice entry! :)


8 Nags February 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm

I think its called dalimapandu in telugu :) i had plans to make pomegranate pound cake for AFAM but ended up with curd rice instead!


9 sra February 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm

That sounds healthy to me, and they look beautiful, just like everything else you make.
In Telugu, we call pomegranate daanimma pandu, and we also have the teeth simile you mentioned at the beginning of the post!


10 TBC February 22, 2008 at 3:38 pm

I made the same thing a few days back! I used the juice though. My recipe is almost the same as this one. I too used powdered oats.:-)


11 vimmi February 22, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Hi Sunita,
beautiful pics, both the first one and those of the muffins. If i am not mistaken, maharashtrians also call it dalimb.


12 Raaga February 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm

hey… lovely recipe. We also call it dalimb in konkani :-)


13 Namratha February 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Ahhh was waiting for this post, I knew you would come up with something totally out of the box with this fruit…the muffins look delicious Sunita dear, and I sure wouldn’t have thought of adding these to a muffin :) Lovely pics!!


14 musical February 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm

You always make such lovely fruity muffins, Sunita!The pomegranate must have tasted superb in these! Love the pictures of these lil’ beauties :) . Like Vimmi said, its Dalimb in Marathi and like Ashakka said, its Dalimbe in Kannada :) .


15 AnuZi February 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Sunita dear. Glad to see you feeling better. Your blog has now become a staple for me….and with recipes like this dalimba muffins(konk, kannada and marathi. Gotta love Indian language they all tie in so well) I adore the simplicity and amazing pix. Have superb weekend ahead dahling ;o)


16 Sreelu February 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Suntia, pomogrante muffins wow how creative. looks so yummy


17 Dhivya February 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm

wow!creative and yummy.i like the pics…keep rocking sunita..


18 Meena February 22, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Oh Sunita! Whenever I stop by your blog, I never leave disappointed. You always get my creative juices flowing and force me to try out new things! This recipe would be simply lovely on the weekends, over a nice cup of steaming coffee, and the crossword section. Can’t wait to try! Happy a lovely weekend! :)


19 Saswati February 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm

hi sunita …in oriya we call it dalimba.i dont have any words left to comment abt ur muffins and the snaps…i am just agr8 fan of yours.your passion shows in everything you make.


20 Mike of Mike's Table February 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Those look great! I love pomegranates but never would have thought to use them in muffins. Looks like a yummy breakfast!


21 Lavanya Raj February 22, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Sunita..Muffins are looking great.
baked pomegranate looks great in those muffins..


22 Madhu February 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I am drooling over your pictures,I miss dalimbe :( . Muffins looks yummy.


23 Suganya February 22, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Ruby studded muffins for breakfast, who would say no. Thanks Sunita.


24 Vidya February 22, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Hi Sunita,

What a unique idea. You should bake and sell soem to your local bakery …you never know what will happen next !! :)

I had a question for you. I am creating a blog myself (which is not food related at all) to display various arts and crafts mostly from India ( some international ones too). I have completed some from Bihar ( Madhubani, which I will upload soon), Orissa ( Pipli work), Gujarat ( Lippan), Rajasthan ( Miniature painting) etc. I can;t figure out what art work I can create that is a native of Assam. Do you? Since you are from Assam, maybe you can help? Thanks and keep up the good work !


25 sunita February 22, 2008 at 9:11 pm

thanks…the fruits were a pleasant addition indeed :-)

do make your cake..would love to know your version :-)


26 sunita February 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Thanks…glad you like them…and it’s quite interesting to know about the similarities :-)

See, great minds think alike :-D D…have you posted your’s…will check out your version…btw, my oats was not powdered :-)


27 sunita February 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Thanks…I didn’t realise the name was actually quite familiar to many :-)

Thanks…nice to have you over :-)


28 sunita February 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Thanks…was just working on a whim :-)

Thanks dearie…and yes, I am finding out the similarities in the name :-)


29 sunita February 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Thanks dearie…glad to have known you too :-)

thanks…glad you dropped by :-)


30 sunita February 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Thanks…nice to have you over :-)

Thanks…and I love the scene you’ve described :-)


31 sunita February 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Thanks…glad you like my work :-)

Thanks…the presence of the fruits were a nice addition indeed :-)


32 sunita February 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Thanks…glad you dropped by :-)

Thanks…happy you like them :-)


33 sunita February 22, 2008 at 11:31 pm

You’re most welcome dearie :-)

Thanks…now,I’ve been out of touch with art for quite a while now…but when you talk about Assamese art, probably checking out this site might give you an idea…http://www.assamtourism.org/arts.htm


34 Gretchen Noelle February 22, 2008 at 11:58 pm

These look just delicious! Wish I had poms in my stores to try making these. I will have to take a better look!


35 Susan from Food Blogga February 23, 2008 at 12:25 am

Beautiful photos throughout!


36 Pravs February 23, 2008 at 5:02 am

Very nice pic ! Love poms, but never baked with it. Muffin looks delish. I have something waiting for you in my blog..do check it out :)


37 DEEPA February 23, 2008 at 5:22 am

Lady i just finished dinner ….Now i want them for dessert …Where do you live …can i come over!!!


38 Srivalli February 23, 2008 at 10:00 am

sunita..those muffins look out of the world!


39 sunita February 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Thanks…do take better look…you might find some :-)

Thanks…hope you’re enjoying your weekend :-)


40 sunita February 23, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Thanks…this my first too :-) …and thanks too for thinking of me :-)

You’re welcome anytime :-)

Thanks dear…nice to have you over :-)


41 Sig February 23, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Beautiful pics Sunita…I’ve never heard teeth being compared to pom seeds, but that is a nice simile.. :) Great use of the fruit in a muffin…


42 Sadiya February 24, 2008 at 6:54 am

Hi Sunita,

Can you help me by telling me what porridge oats are called in hindi, my grocer would understand it better if I supplied the name in Hindi.
Thanks so much


43 KayKat February 25, 2008 at 2:08 am

Teeth? Pom seeds? That’s funny :)

These look delicious, and whole wheat too. Yay! This is definitely my next muffin attempt.

Thanks, Sunita!


44 Supriya Nair February 25, 2008 at 8:15 am

Hi sunita….This is a wonderful blog….the baked ones are mouthwatering….


45 sunita February 25, 2008 at 10:50 am

Sig, thanks…was working on a whim :-)


46 sunita February 25, 2008 at 10:53 am

Sadiya,coming from a non Hindi speaking region , my knowledge of he language is rather limited. However, on googling, I came across the following names-
…hope this helps :-)


47 sunita February 25, 2008 at 10:54 am

kaykat, thanks…do give them a try…hope you’ll like them :-)


48 sunita February 25, 2008 at 10:55 am

supriya,thanks and welcome to my world…do feel free to browse through :-)


49 Aparna February 27, 2008 at 1:26 pm

I alsomade a pomegarnate muffin, though a bit different!


50 Best healthy food December 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm

I always like your pictures, and also the article, you have done good job, thanks for the sharing


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