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 | Sweet and Spicy Marinated Aubergine

I haven’t posted a recipe for a while; I’ve been on holiday, and also generally eating out a lot 😁 but I’m back in the swing of cooking at home and here is my first invention; spicy marinated aubergine.

Its super easy and delicious; smoky, sweet and a bit spicy, its perfect with couscous, salad or as a side dish with a main meal. The marinade also works well on oven baked tofu.

Preparation time: approx 5 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 aubergine, sliced into 1cm slices lengthways (approx 4 slices)

Marinade:

  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1tsp harissa paste
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 1tsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped / 0.5tsp pre-chopped garlic

Recipe:

  • Score the aubergine slices on one side – cut into to make shallow cuts, but don’t go all the way through
  • Place the aubergine on a lightly oiled tray

  • In a bowl, mix all of the marinade ingredients until well combined
  • With a pastry brush (or back of a spoon) spread half the marinade on the top of the aubergine slices

  • Cook for 10mins at 200C
  • Turn the slices over, spread the rest of the marinade on this side of the aubergine, and cook again for 10 mins

  • Turn the aubergine slices again to the first side, and finish off by cooking for a final 10 mins

Enjoy 😊