Koyla || A homage to Pakistani open fire cooking @ Benk + Bo
The experience in a nutshell
Type of the event
Time of the event
7:00 PM (3.5 hours)
A word about the experience
Koyla, the Empress Market supperclub, tells the tale of how coal and open fire cooking has evolved in Pakistan.
The menu explores how nomads, traders, conquerors and kings have shaped culinary traditions centred around flame across the region.
The Uzbeki tandoor, Persian kababs, Levantine stuffed charred vegetables, even boiling sugar cane juice to produce jaggery sugar, these are some of the ways fire has burnt flavour into the South Asian culinary traditions.
Served across three courses of sharing platters on communal tables, the Koyla is a reflection of how different communities have come together in what is now Pakistan over hundreds, if not, thousands of years. I describe my menu as as desi soul food, a meal with a depth of flavour that brings people together to create community.
Why we love this experience
My food is rooted in a heritage of Pakistani and Indian family recipes, a love for global street food and a nod to modern city living.
The venue: Benk + Bo, Spitalfields
Popping up on June 29th
See the menu
Charred masala corn ribs with coriander chutney
Shami kababs, slow cooked beef kababs served with mint labneh
Grilled watermelon, ginger and lime dressing
Chicken masala sajji, naan-e-Afghani, burnt red onion petals
Mahshi Betenjan, Bharwa Baingan with Bhuna Keema Stuffed Aubergines with aromatic lamb mince and toasted pine nuts
Salt baked jersey potatoes with fire roasted garlic