Menu: Tajikistan

This week’s theme is community and reunion. We spent the last ten days visiting my family, some of whom I haven’t seen in nearly three years. Tajik food is often enjoyed from one giant platter, so the timing was perfect. I made three giant platters of plov, and all 18 of us came together around them (The bonus? Only three dishes to wash!)

Lamb Plov [Recipe]
Plov is popular throughout Western Asia, and for good reason. This is rice cooked with carrots, turnips, a half ton of onion, and bits of lamb.  Bits of raisin and dried apricot add delightful sweetness. While it sounds ultra simple, plov is surprisingly flavorful and perfect for a large gathering.

Yogurt Non [Recipe]
Tajik folk love this highly ornate flat bread made with yogurt and some wheat flour… it makes a great dinnertime staple and would go with nearly any dish.

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  1. Ooooh, this looks like a perfect late-spring event for friends, I can think of a pot-luck or two that this would be perfect for!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Glad to hear it! If you do, take pictures and share them on the Facebook fan page… it’d be fun to see :)

  2. Judi Suttles says:

    This sounds amazing. I have seen plav before on No Revervations when Anthony Bourdain was in Uzbekistan.
    It was served at a large wedding reception.

  3. Crystal says:

    The bread looks beautiful! What a wonderful idea to decorate it! Can’t wait!

  4. meganleiann says:

    I’m excited! I used to have a friend from Tajikistan and her food was marvelous!

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