Tonight's instalment of the Olympic food Challenge comes from Uzbekistan. The Uzbek team is 32 strong and they have medalled*, with a bronze in Judo. That said, it's quite a poor show from their athletes, as they have walked away with a good handful of medals in the last two Olympics.
When faced with the issue of what to eat from Uzbekistan I seemed to have little choice. The food of Uzbekistan is varied but the pilaf rules the roost. I decided upon Kovurma Palov (mutton pilaf) for tonight's meal, mainly because we haven't had any mutton for a long time and I really like mutton.
I used the recipe as a guide but changed the quantities dramatically, there are only two of us after all. However, I should have made a better stab at the spice quantities. The finished pilaf was great but could have taken a bit more punch from the seasoning. Will we be returning to Uzbekistan in the future? Yes, I think we will. This slow cook method for a rice dish was good, especially if you are feeding a large crowd.
*For the record, I am one of those people that can't stand medal or podium being used as a verb!