At its zenith the Mughal Empire reached across parts of what are now Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India and infused local courtly cuisines with the ancient and sophisticated flavors of Persia. Here, Ahmed, born in the UK to immigrants from Pakistan, gives contemporary shape to this remarkable mixture of influences. Contrast is a signature quality of Ahmed's food. Richness paired with delicacy; bright flavors smoothed out with dainty flourishes. The results are intriguing even if they are not predictably part of any single tradition. Shredded carrots dressed with hot oil seasoned with cumin, coriander & mustard seed. Lamb chops braised with mint, peas, and dried pomegranate powder. Chicken thigh and sour mango curry with coconut-coriander rice. Ahmed's food truly seems to stand at a culinary crossroad.
Color photographs throughout. Metric measure.