Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Ethnic Eating Experiment - Day 5 (finally)

Well, after a week and a half in the editing suite the video for my final ethnic eating day is ready for human consumption.

This really was the highlight of the week - brilliant shop, delightful shopkeeper, and a very kind friend to help with the filming. The food was delicious to boot.

Aubergine Khoresht with jewelled rice

Serves 4

For the Khoresht
1 tin of aubergines
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
2 potatoes, sliced
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
4 dried limes, pricked with a knife
Salt, pepper, oil

For the rice
Handful of barberries
Handful of chopped pistachios
Half a pint of rice
1 pint water

Pour boiling water over the barberries and leave to swell for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a large frying pan or wok and add the aubergines. Fry until lightly coloured, remove and add the onion. Soften, remove and add the spuds. Fry until brown, then return the aubergines and onions to the pan, along with the turmeric, dried limes, and enough water to just cover the spuds. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Put the rice and water in a saucepan with a little salt, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes (resist the temptation to remove the lid). While your rice is simmering away, drain the barberries and press out any excess moisture. Fry in a little more oil for a minute or do, before adding the pistachios and frying for another minute. Once the rice is cooked, season with a little pepper and add the pistachios and berries.

Check the khoresht for seasoning, and walk to your nearest Persian shop. Serve to the owner with the rice and some pilfered parsley.


  1. Best video yet!

  2. Nice one. Already had my tea but that made me feel a bit peckish.

  3. Lots of fun and a fascinating find. How excellent to discover this exotic fare can be acquired for a snip on the Holloway Road!

  4. Great video! Have you thought about trying Korean food? Most dishes are surprisingly easy to make, and it makes a change from Chinese/Japanese!

  5. Genius idea from Student Gourmet. Hannah Supermarket,
    41 Store St, London WC1E is supposed to be good.

  6. Excellent video and a gorgeous recipe too.

  7. thanks all for encouragement - very much appreciated.

    Student Gourmet - you're on. Heading to Hannah Supermarket tomorrow - any suggestions, hints, tips?

    LL x

  8. Hmm, I would say get yourself some kimchi and some gochujang (red pepper paste) and you're sorted for a good number of recipes. Perhaps have a go at Bibimbap? It's certainly one of the iconic Korean dishes. Or maybe try my kimchi fried rice... :-)

  9. There is a great little Persian shop in Peckham called Persepolis run by a lovely lady called Sally Butcher. Don't know if you knew about it already. She has a great cook book out too. I loved her 'Persepolitan roast chicken' stuffed with dried fruits and nuts and saffron and she introduced me to dried baby figs which are addictively chewy and strange. Those sweet lemons are a real disappointment by the way. They are not particularly sweet at all and Sally asked me to let her know if I can find a use for them, which says it all really.

  10. Sounds exciting! Good luck, Larder Lout, and don't forget to pack your camera.