Have you ever heard of purple corn? This strange grain is used in sweets, ice-creams and traditional dishes in Peru and will certainly surprise those who have yet to try the Andean cuisine. “Nobody believes it, but it’s true that purple corn exists. I buy the powdered version and it makes a great dessert: the ‘Mazamorra Morada’ (a delicious type of jelly that also has apples, cherries, plums and cinnamon in it)”, explains Aristídes Prada.
He is the owner of El Aguajal, a Peruvian restaurant on Kingston Road, Dalston, that is Prada’s first venture in London but by no means a first-timer, for he’s got 18 years of experience in the business back in Peru.
The restaurant (and its four sister businesses in Peru) is named after the Aguajal, a rare Amazonian fruit that’s popular amongst the Indigenous populations of Peru and only grows in the rainforest – sadly the little fruit isn’t yet available over here. Prada, nonetheless is doing his best to bring Peruvian cuisine to London. El Aguajal specialises in fish dishes; food is very fresh and prepared on the spot. A popular dish is Ceviche – fish or shellfish served with lemon. The menu also has options for meat lovers, such as the pork chunks marinated