My final stop in the Olympic Food Challenge is Pakistan. I had a feeling that I would have to research this one to death to make sure that I was being authentic. My first stop was twitter. I asked the known universe if anybody had any truly authentic Pakistani recipes that they would share and the response I got was superb.
I was immediately introduced to Sumayya whose blog is packed with authentic Pakistani food, and some great stories to boot. I had decided before I had even set eyes on her site that I wanted to cook Dhal and make my own bread as my tribute to Pakistan. I chose Tamarind Puy Dhal and Poppy Seed Puris and set about cooking.
Both the dhal and the puri were simple and delicious. We have only just started making dhal at home and we're still learning the way of the lentil. Puy lentils hold their texture when cooked so there was no sloppy sauce to contend with. The tempur mixture, including fresh coconut, really lifted the dish, as did the addition of some of the lemon pickle I had made for the Indian Olympic food Challenge meal. Of course I made too much bread but I thought we would need nibbles for the closing ceremony of the Paralympics.