Uzbek Plov (Pilaf)
Uzbek plov/Pilaf is a famous national food of Uzbekistan. They make this for all the special occasions, like we make Biriyani in India. Initially, the taste and flavor of food we get here – especially uzbek/russian cuisine was not so appealing to me. Whenever we go out, I used to fill my self with salads and uzbek bread called lipiyoshka and black tea. But now I am in love with uzbek food. Here as wedding celebration, there is a tradition of serving the plov to guests, that too early morning starts around 5 ‘O clock. I was like “what!!!!” when I heard this first time. I never been for such function, but I still wonder how people can have such a heavy meal early in the morning.
This plov first I had from Karshi (a city in uzbekistan) my hubby’s one of colleague made it for us. At that time I felt its not so bad. Then again we bought from a plov centre here in tashkent, which was also tasty, but very heavy. Then i came to know that they use animal fats instead of oil to make the food rich and tasty, thats why it is very heavy. Here uzbek people are meat and fat lovers.
Uzbek plov vary in its style of making across the region. But I couldn’t find much differences in taste. When Ii made this first time, I kept a back up plan, if at all it din’t come out well 😜….don’t wanna take risk. But believe me…it was more tastier than the restaurant one and easier than our indian biriyani. I felt proud myself…Yes made uzbek plov 😋….
lets see how its made.