Sumac is a bitter berry. It’s dried and floor right into a scarlet pink powder. I found it [London restaurant] Palomar once I first began cooking there. At the moment, the grasp chef used it in candy and savory dishes. There can be sumac marshmallows and meringue and sumac and lemon tarts, however we might additionally add it to the coleslaw. It’s utilized in quite a lot of Center Japanese cooking so as to add a tangy taste.
I exploit it along with lemon juice as a result of it offers a special degree of zing and you may create layers of taste. I add it to salads and pesto. I’ve used it to make sorrel and pumpkin seed pesto as a result of sorrel has a really related taste profile. Mix sorrel, parsley, toasted pumpkin seeds, olive oil, sumac, lemon juice, and maple syrup and use it to decorate up recent crunchy issues like kohlrabi and applesauce. It is nice with fruit, particularly pink berries like roasted strawberries; I fry them with sugar, lemon juice and sumac. Toss it with pink onion and lemon juice and serve with tahini alongside the falafel. Sumac cuts by means of wealthy dishes fantastically. My palate likes bitter flavors, so I might be fairly arduous to take care of, however for somebody who’s new to this, I might recommend giving it a shot and seeing the way you go.
Helen Graham is the Govt Chef of Bubala Spitalfields and Bubala Soho at bubala.co.uk.