Recipe | Uzbek style plov

Cooking time: 2-3 hours

Serves: 3-4

You will need: a slow cooker

I was going to start off my exploration of world recipes last week, with Brazil, but could not find the tapioca flour I needed for the recipe anywhere!! So…instead I am starting a week late with Uzbekistan

The dish that I am going to try is an Uzbec style plov, which is a rice dish. The ingredients of an Uzbec plov vary depending which region you are in and can include peas, garlic, barberries, quince, dried apricots or raisins. Traditionally plov is served with tea and salad and eaten with the hands or a type of bread called patyr.

Usually Uzbek plov is prepared with meat but, as this is a vegan blog, I have adapted the recipe to be bean based.

Thankyou to 196flavors.com and Leelalicious.com whose recipes I consulted to help me come up with my vegan version of this classic Uzbek dish. Visit their sites for more great recipes!

I got my barberries from Waitrose if you are wondering where to buy them from. They are so pretty looking and smell and taste lovely!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 large onions, sliced
  • 2 large carrots , cut into juliennes about an inch long
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground peppercorns
  • 30g barberries
  • 1 tin black beans
  • 300g basmati rice, rinsed
  • 600ml vegetable stock

Recipe:

  • Toast cumin seeds in oil in a hot pan until you can smell the aroma but before they start to burn – about 30 seconds.

  • Add the onions and fry on a medium heat; cover with a lid to allow them to soften, stirring every minute or so for approximately 5 minutes until soft.
  • Add the carrots and fry on a medium heat until soft in the same way as the onions for approximately 5 minutes
  • Add the coriander, pepper, paprika, barberries, and black beans and stir well

  • Transfer the mix to a slow cooker, cover and cook for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, add the rinsed rice to the top of the mixture in a layer but don’t stir in

  • pour the vegetable stock over the top to cover the rice. Don’t stir the mixture!

  • Wash the garlic head and cut the bottom off the head so you can see the cloves. Put into the rice, cut side down

  • Cover and cook on medium until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed; approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, depending on your slow cooker.
  • Taste some rice after 1.5 hours and if its not done, cook for a further 30 mins, test, and so on until cooked. You won’t need to add any more water as long as you only lift the lid very briefly at the 1.5 hr, 2hr mark, and so on, to test the rice.
  • Mix the ingredients as you serve the dish on a platter.
  • Garnish with the garlic, which pops right out of the skins (and tastes and smells divine) and serve with a fresh, undressed salad (I served mine with peas)

Information sourced from:

  • Leelalicious.com
  • People-travels.com
  • Advantour.com
  • Uzbek.org.uk
  • 196flavors.com

A World Food Tour

At a conversation over dinner I came to realise that I tend to cook food from the same countries; (English, of course); Spanish (Paella, tapas), Italian (Pasta, Pizza, risotto), Greek (Mezze, moussaka, dolmades), Mexican (Fajitas, enchiladas, chilli non-carne, quesadillas), American (burgers, cauliflower wings), Japanese (sushi, udon, katsu), Chinese (sweet and sour, kung pao, dumplings), Thailand (thai green curry, Massaman curry), Indian (various curries, Aloo Gobi, Pilau), among others…

We started talking about other food we had tried on holiday and never cooked at home, and eventually onto the cuisines we had never even tried or ever cooked. From this I decided to do just that; try vegan versions of recipes from Countries whose food I’ve never cooked before.

(Photo by Max Delsid on Unsplash)

I have pulled together a list of countries from across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Australasia. I will try a dish from one Country and post the recipe on this blog each week.

(Photo by Capturing the human heart. on Unsplash)

All the dishes chosen will either be vegan or will be made vegan friendly by me. I have chosen 8 countries from each of the continents, and 4 from Australasia as there are only 14 countries here; there are so many great Countries with great cuisines in the World. As much as I would love to, I don’t think I would ever be able to do this for every Country in the world but I hope I have chosen Countries which give a good spread across the continents. And as I am trying to reach new taste horizons, I have only chosen countries I have not cooked the cuisines of before.

I have written down the names of all the countries and put them in a pot, so I can pick them truly at random each week from the following list; subscribe to my blog or my Instagram to follow the recipes (insta: hungryvegan_norwich):

Europe:
Belgium
France
Sweden
Romania
Ukraine
Czech republic
Switzerland
Hungary

Asia
Korea
Uzbekistan
Mongolia
Sri Lanka
Vietnam
Philippines
Bangladesh
Sumatra

Africa:
Ethiopia
South Africa
Nigeria
Libya
Egypt
Somalia
Tanzania
Zimbabwe

South America:
Brazil
Honduras
Argentina
Bermuda
Dominican Republic
Bolivia
Chile
Suriname

Australasia:
New Zealand
Papau new Ginea
Tonga
Fiji
Samoa

Recipe | Deliciously Easy, Jackfruit Curry

I was dubious about jackfruit when I first tried it, but when I started marinating my own, I really got into it.

I find that this way the flavour is much fresher and you can tweak it to suit your taste too

This recipe is for a really easy, basic curry.

Jackfruit has very little protein so I recommend serving with a protein source, such as sprinkling with nuts, adding a side of fried tempeh or tofu, or adding beans to your rice.

Prep time: 30mins to 3hrs (depending how long you marinade for)

Cooking time: 25mins

Ingredients

For the jackfruit:

  • 1 tin jackfruit, drained
  • 3tsp garam masala
  • 0.5tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp black onion seeds (nigella seeds)
  • 1tsp dried sage
  • 1tsp chopped garlic
  • 0.5tsp dried chilli flakes (more if you want it super spicy)
  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the curry:

  • 1 cinammon stick
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped into chunks
  • Chopped veggies of your choice (I used green peppers)
  • 0.5tin coconut milk
  • 300ml veg stock
  • (Rice to serve with)

Recipe:

Jackfruit marinade

  • Put the drained jackfruit in a bowl and shred it using forks / a fork and knife
  • Thoroughly stir in the spices, garlic and lemon juice
  • Cover and leave in the fridge to marinade for at least 30mins. (I left mine for 3hrs.)

Curry:

  • In a small amount of oil, fry on a medium heat the cinammon stick, cumin seeds and onion for 30 seconds (my photo, below has extra garlic instead of onion asI don’t eat onion)

  • Add the veg and fry for a further 5 mins
  • Add the jackfruit and fry for a couple of minutes to fry off the spices
  • Add the stock and tomatoes, cover and simmer for 20 minutes (add more water if it seems too dry – if you included more veg than me, you will need more)

  • After 20minutes, add the coconut milk and simmer until the sauce is the consistency you like
  • Serve with rice and a protein source, such as nuts, tempeh or tofu.