Pimp My Rice – Nisha Katona

This Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Nisha Katona’s new book ‘Pimp My Rice’.

Those that have read the blog before, will already know that I am a lover of the restaurant she founded ‘Mowgli Street Food’ that can be found in Liverpool and now close to my home in The Corn Exchange Manchester.

The first recipe that shouted out to me however, was not a curry (Of which I’m a huge homemade curry fan), but a Lebanese Rose Petal Rice Dish.

Throughout all my years living and working around the world, one of the tastes that really stood out for me, were the complex flavours of middle eastern food, just the right blend of mild spice and subtle flavours that work together to create a taste explosion in your mouth.

The first part of her recipe involves marinating lamb in yogurt with Cumin, Ginger and Garlic. For this I used Roasted Cumin that I find gives a superior flavour.

Mixed into the yogurt, I leave my lamb in a covered bowl for 24 hours to really soak up those flavours.

Its very rare that I follow a recipe book, opting to amend things to my own liking, but on this occasion I followed Nisha’s instructions (Well roughly ;)). As such, if you want to experience this dish for yourself, you will need to get ordering you own copy of ‘Pimp My Rice’

I used a part mixture of butter and extra virgin olive oil infused with a few spices and lots of cinnamon, before adding in Basmati and Veg Stock

This is such an easy dish, that you can actually enjoy a glass of wine, while waiting for the rice to cook in the pan.

When cooked simply add fresh mint, pomegranate and toasted pine nuts.

This was not a dish that I was expecting from this book, however it highlighted that Nisha is more than just a curry wonder, in fact she got the flavours so spot on that when I served it up, my Girlfriend asked ‘Is this a Sabrina Ghayour recipe’

Pimp My Rice is a cook book that is full of incredible dishes from around the world and if you thought it was all about Curry or indeed just how to cook different flavours of rice, you couldn’t be more mistaken.

If you haven’t already grab yourself a copy and let me know what you think. In addition, if like me you love the Persian flavours grab yourself Persiana from Sabrina Ghayour (And pre-order Sirocco)

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