Hearty Chickpea and Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients

1 tsp cumin seeds

400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

5 tbsp finely diced, cored and deseeded pepper

3 tbsp pomegranate seeds

Generous pinch of castor sugar

Dash of fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

Method

Warm a small frying pan over high heat and add the cumin seeds (keep a mortar and pestle or a spice mill close by). As soon as the pan gets hot, in a matter of seconds, they will darken and develop an aroma. Remove from the heat and tip the cumin seeds into the mortar or spice mill, then crush them to fine power.

In a serving bowl, combine the chickpeas with the remaining ingredients, plus the toasted cumin power, 2 teaspoons of sunflower oil and some salt to taste. Serve at room temperature.

Here are some of the health benefits of pomegranate seeds

Pomegranate is an extremely healthy fruit. Many people pop them open, scoop out the seeds and eat them whole.

Others suck the juice off each seed before spitting the white fibrous middle out.

The latter group may be missing out on some of the pomegranate’s health benefits

Nutrients

Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. The majority of that fiber Is found in the white seeds hiding beneath the pockets of juice. It contains 48 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C intake, important for a variety of health functions.

Low calorie

With 234 calories in an entire pomegranate, it’s a relatively low-calorie food. This makes them a delicious and ideal snack for anyone watching their weight.

Antioxidant

Pomegranate seeds contain a high number of antioxidants, which help protect the body against inflammation and free radical damage. There are also antioxidants in the peel, though few people eat pomegranate peels. These antioxidants, referred to as polyphenols, include tannins, flavonoids, and anthocyanin.

The only potential danger of pomegranates lies in the risks it presents to dogs. Some dogs may experience extreme digestive distress due to the tannins and acids within pomegranate fruits. So keep them away from Fido!