The national dish of Uzbekistan is Palov (here are some other spellings of basically the same dish: pilaf, pilav, pilau, pilafi, pulao, palaw, plov, polov, polo, and polu). The choice of recipe to represent the national dish of Uzbekistan fell on the wedding plov (tuy palovi). Perhaps you can try it out on September 1 when Uzbekistan celebrates their independence day. Here’s what our country chef Malika says about the national dish of Uzbekistan:
Plov is key dish in the Uzbek cuisine. There are about 200 different varieties of Plov. Depending on the variety you make, it is seen as everyday, special or occasional dish. The legend behind Plov: A prince fell in love with a beautiful woman from a poor family. Not being able to marry her, the prince started to fade away, refusing to eat. The king invited Abu Ali Ibn Sina, the great doctor, to heal the prince. He suggested that the prince needed to connect hearts of lovers and feed them with a calorie dish – “Palov Osh”, in order to heal. This explains the presence of this dish at Uzbek weddings. “Palov Osh” is made of 7 ingredients: P – piyoz (onion ), A – ayoz (carrots ) , L – Lahm (meat) , O– oliyo(fat) , V – veet (salt) , O – ob (water) , Sh – sholi ( rice).
Recipe: The national dish of Uzbekistan - Tuy Palovi (Wedding plov)
- 200 ml oil
- 500 g lamb or beef
- 700 g carrots
- 2 onions
- 100 g chickpeas canned rinsed and drained. but if possible use dried that have been soaked in warm water for 8 hours
- 150 g raisins
- 2 garlic heads unpeeled
- 500 g rice long-grained
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp coriander ground
- 2 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- Dice the onions, slice the carrots in long thin strips and cut the meat in big chunks
- On high heat, heat the oil in a big pot and add the meat until brown on all sides
- Add the onions, continue frying
- When the onions are light brown, add the carrots. Fry until carrots are half cooked
- Add 500 ml water together with the chickpeas
- Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, add in the garlic heads and let cook for 15 minutes.
- Add the raisins. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
- Add turmeric, cumin, coriander and salt, stir well.
- Take out garlic heads, add the rice; layer it evenly on top of the carrots, then place the garlic heads on top of the rice layer.
- Add enough water to cover the surface of rice for a little less than 2 cm.
- Set the heat on medium high and wait until all the water is soaked by rice, salt to taste
- Mix only the top of the rice and close the lid, reduce the heat on very low.
- After 15 minutes, open the lid and again mix only the top of the rice, close the lid and then cook for another 10 minutes.
- When rice is cooked, remove from the heat and gently mix all the ingredients together
- Serve in large flat plate, along with fresh salad.
About the Country Chef
Malika is from Uzbekistan. She is happily married and has a beautiful daughter who helps her in the kitchen. She runs the popular food blog: uzbekcooking.blogspot.com
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