Friday, December 18, 2009
Nuhotli qovurma palov (Pilaf with chickpeas)
In folk medicine our great medic Abu Ali Ibn Sina used Palov as a remedy for people after serious illness, after long starvation, in weakness. Ibn Sina's "Canon of medicine" is used as a text book in many modern universities. He recommended Palov before and after heavy works, in winter and spring, when body is weak. So here is the recipe.
150 gr oil
400 gr meat (lamb or beef)
3 onions, 300 gr after peeled and sliced
450 gr peeled, cut in long strips red carrots
250 gr chickpeas, soaked for at least four hours
500 gr of rice
Salt as taste
1 tbs of black cumin seeds
1 tbs of turmeric
1 tbsp of ground coriander
1 tbs of red chili powder
Heat oil in a crock pot. Put in the onions and fry until brown. Add the meat & continue to fry until meat is brown. The onions will become dark, don't worry, this is normal. Now add the carrots and fry until carrots are soft. Add 500 ml of cold water and the chickpeas. Let it simmer for 40 min. Add in 1 tbs of salt, chili powder, turmeric, coriander, cumin and stir well. Wash rice finely. Add rice and pour water 2 cm above surface of the rice. Let it boil uncovered, taste and add some salt if needed and wait until the water evaporates. When all water is gone, reduce the heat on low, cover the lid and cook for 20-25 min or until rice is ready. Serve with vegetable salad, usually with achchiq chuchuk.