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Try Traditional Cuisine of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

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Warning: These traditional meals are absolutely delicious, and you can prepare them at home.

Have you ever thought of trying something new from Central Asian cuisine?

Central Asian cuisine is composed of tasteful and beautifully prepared dishes. Here, we will discuss traditional meals from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, which are popular among both local people and tourists.


Delicious, popular, must-try – Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are well known for traditional pilaf. Pilaf is loved in all countries and regions of Central Asia.

Pilaf is mainly composed of rice, meat, and carrot. However, each Central Asian country owns its different techniques and methods to cook pilaf.

In Central Asia, almost all people can prepare pilaf because it is the main dish at weddings and family parties. Cooking pilaf is not tricky, so you can prepare it even today.


Puff pastries with meat (samosa) – traditional uzbek and indian pasrty.

Uzbek and Kyrgyz people love Samosa. Samosa is a baked pastry, which may contain potato, meat, pumpkin, or chicken filling.

In the past, each family owned a tandoor (cylindrical clay oven for baking) to cook Samosa. Currently, local people are preparing Samosa even in ovens.

Currently, most traditional restaurants and cafes serve Samosa, so many people are buying them instead of cooking at home.

Samosa has a long history. According to Amir Khusro (1253-1325), an Indian scholar, princes of Delhi Sultanate also enjoyed samosas (Indoislamic Culture, 2019).

With minimal effort, you can also learn to prepare this wonderful dish.


National Kazakh dishes – Beshbarmak, salad of radish Shalgam, and for dessert Baursak.

Beshbarmak is another popular dish that originated from Kazakhstan. However, it is also popular among Turkic-majority countries, including Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The name “Beshbarmak” means “five fingers” because many locals enjoy eating the meal with their hands (TasteAtlas, no date).

Beshbarmak simply consists of slices of dough, meat, onion, and sauce. Chefs usually use horse meat to prepare the meal, but people who are suffered from HBP (high blood pressure) are recommended to use chicken or lamb.

Shorpo (Kyrgyz Soup)

The shurpa soup in an uzbek restaurant

Shorpo is a nutritious type of soup, which is very popular in Central Asia. In Kyrgyzstan, it is called shorpo, while Uzbek people call it shurva.

Shorpo may look similar to a classic soup. However, its taste is different because Central Asians add more meat and species to it. Also, local people usually spend 2-3 hours to prepare it.

In fact, most of the dishes in Central Asia contain meat, including shorpo.

Central Asian people like eating shorpo with their family members. Locals may invite their neighbors or acquaintances to try their favorite dish.

To conclude, there are many other delicious dishes in Central Asian Cuisine. The meals discussed above are some of the top-rated meals, which are loved by millions of local people.

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