CUISINE: Applied arts | Theatre
cuisine is one of the most colourful of Oriental Cuisines. You will get astounded
to find some of Uzbek recipes to be centuries-old. They even have different traditional
rituals and ways of cooking. There are about 1,000 different dishes including
national drinks, cakes and confectionary products.
"Pilaf" is a very solemn food. It can be considered as an everyday dish
as well as a dish for solemn and great events like weddings, parties and holidays.
Rice is the most important ingredient of pilaf and special spices, raisins, or
peas will be added to give it extra flavour. However, locals believe that the
best pilaf is always prepared by a man! Salads are also served along with pilaf.
Bread is holy for Uzbek people. This traditional belief started
with a legend. As it goes, each new Governor would mint his own coins but the
payment for local people who minted new coins were not the coins that were minted
Uzbek breads are baked inside the stoves made of clay called "Tandyr".
These fragrant breads are known to be crispy and tasty. Even the greatest scientist
of medicine, Avicenna used Uzbek bread to cure people of diseases.
importance is placed on soups. Uzbek soup is rich in vegetables and seasonings
and contains lots of carrots, turnips, onions and greens. Two popular soups are
Mastava and Shurpa.
Make sure that you try Uzbek dishes so that you can
ask your host for a recipe if you fancy a particular dish.