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Anarkali (meaning pomegranate blossom) was a 16th century female servant whose execution was ordered by the Emperor Akbar. Her tomb is in Lahore, Pakistan and a bustling bazaar is named after her. A fruit chaat celebrating her name is sold there. This is an approximation of that recipe, courtesy of my aunt Razia.
In the fall, after work, my father would come home with pomegranates in a brown paper bag. Two or three rolled out of the bag onto our kitchen table. Grabbing one, I broke open the leathery skin; and popped the beautiful red rubies out of the shell; landing all over the table. As we ate these ruby red seeds, I asked him what they were. “Chinese apples” he said. Years later, I learned another word for Chinese apple was Pomegranate. Those lovely ruby seeds will always remind me of him.