Today I decided to cook and take pictures of one of the favorite meals of my husband. The process is very easy but you have to have a pressure cooker for this particular recipe. You will also need to like chickpeas, meat and tomato combination. This meal is widely known in Uzbekistan but I’ve only heard of its existence after moving to U.S. :) From what I understood, different regions make it differently and ingredients vary, too.
For those who like to utilize their pressure cookers, I present a very easy way of making Uzbek Palov (a.k.a. Uzbek Plov, Pilav, Pulav, Pplof, Osh). It has a unique taste and comes out perfect every time I make it. The main thing I like about making Palov by using my pressure cooker is the tender taste the meat gets after being cooked under pressure with multiple spices. Plus, the amount of time I save while using this method is amazing.
Somsa, Samosa, Sambusa
This recipe is for preparing “Somsa“, which is also known as “Samosa” or “Sambusa” in some parts of the world.
When I lived in Pittsburgh, I used to go to a Lebanese eatery called “Aladdin’s”. I loved the place very much! The atmosphere, the food and the CAKES were amazing. Every time I went there, I would order Chicken Mishwi. But I never bothered asking them how they actually cooked this chicken to be so tender and absolutely delicious. Knowing the name of the dish, I searched for it for a long time. There wasn’t much about it except for one little recipe in Yahoo Q/A. I really had to strain my taste buds to exactly pin point what it is I ate at “Aladdin’s”. Now we eat this chicken every other week.
Do you have seasonal foods, desserts and salads you like? A lot of my friends do. But it seems like I do not really have that kind of division. I can eat herring during the hottest summer day or I can make Kuksi and Go’ja in the middle of the stormy winter.
Don’t you just love the colors of this roll?! If you decide you want to make it, you will first have to finish reading my tiny entry about my everyday life :)
Fish is a good source of healthy protein and Omega-3 fatty acids which benefit the heart of. Also, consuming fish and seafood products rich in Omega-3 at least twice a week decreases chances of cardiovascular diseases. Buying fresh unfrozen fish is always recommended. Also, keep in mind that consuming larger species of fish comes with its own risks of being more exposed to mercury contamination. The bigger the fish, the bigger the risk.
Although I am not aware of the exact origin of Mung Bean Soup, a.k.a. Moshxo’rda in Uzbek (Mosh-bean, xo’rda-pottage), a.k.a. Mung/Moong been soup, looking at similar recipes I can tell, that it was most probably widely cooked among old time Uzbek farmers. It is relatively easy to make and does feed a lot of people. As far as I know not a lot of Uzbeks like this soup. But my family does enjoy it and I make it fairly often. You do have to try it once to understand if you like it or not :D
Very good and delicious salad for daily use. Decorated can be very pretty on your guest table, too. We used to make this salad all the time when I was back in Uzbekistan. The only difference is, we used to use green radish. Since it is very hard to find one here, I simply swap green radish with Daikon radish. The taste and the density is a little different, but Daikon adds different uniqueness to the salad.