About the food of Tajikistan

Women in Tajikistan. Photo by Steve Evans.

Women in Tajikistan. Photo by Steve Evans.

In Tajikistan, if you don’t have bread, you don’t have food. It doesn’t matter if the table is piled to the ceiling with meat, vegetables, and sweets. Bread is the purest sustenance to the Tajik people, especially nan (a thick flatbread Tajiks love to decorate with ornate markings).


And why not. Bread makes all kinds of sense in this rugged, mountainous land bordered by China, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan (the country actually sits in Asia). Nan stores well because, if it dries out, the hardened discs can be hydrated with stews or the like. The bread also goes with everything, and is extremely economical, such as yogurt Naanย [Recipe].

Man in Tajikistan. Photo by Steve Evans.

Man in Tajikistan. Photo by Steve Evans.

Along with the nan, a Tajik table often includes communal meals enjoyed out of a single platter. Examples include plov (or rice with root vegetables and meat ย [Recipe]) orย ย Qurotob (a mish-mash pile of flatbread topped with cheese, fried vegetables, and onion).

If the weather feels a bit nippy, locals might pull up to a steaming bowl of lagman soup (lagman are thick, homemade noodles, which we made back when we cooked Kazakhstan). Yummers.

Alai Mountains. Photo by Nihongarden.

Alai Mountains. Photo by Nihongarden.

Seeing these pictures makes me wish I were in the mountains… I’m curious – would you ever vacation somewhere like this?


  1. Celeste Childress says

    Earlier, I would have, if the opportunity arose; today, at 93, “No.” That’s only one of the many reasons I follow your adventure.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Oh 93, what a wonderful age! You have an entire world in your heart and mind, I’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Im not big fan of mountains (we always had closer to see) but I would love to spend some time in Tajikistan. One day I will go there ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Arni says

    Absolutely, any mountains, anywhere but especially a place where I could get fresh Naan for every meal!

  4. Jan says

    Sure! It would kind of be like camping in a different but rich cultural context. I think it’s healthy to be reminded from time to time of all we have, but how little we actually need to survive.

  5. CanadianLibyan says

    Such beautiful land! I’d vacation in a place that looked like that, for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sasha Martin says

      It seems like a big breath of fresh air… reminds me a little of Mongolia, but more mountainous of course.

  6. Leslie says

    Absolutely, Go for the view. Stay for the people the experience and the food.

  7. Lisa says

    Why would anyone NOT vacation in an area like this? LOVELY in the mountains anywhere in the world! I prefer Colorado where I live, but love the Alps in Germany, Switzerland and especially Northern Italy!

    • Sasha Martin says

      I would love to see Colorado (well, I did see it, but it was from a plane… not quite the same ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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