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.


  1. Jill says

    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!

    • Sasha Martin says

      Kids love helping to decorate, too… easy to get the whole family involved 🙂

  4. meganleiann says

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

  5. Rois says

    Hello! Just wanted to say thank you for this incredible site. I especially appreciate this section on Tajikistan (I studied abroad there) and these recipes will allow me to share Tajik food with my family and friends at home. Thank you!

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