Tajikistan’s national cuisine is a highlight of any visit to the country. The food reflects the country’s geographical location on the Silk Road but also the fertility of the farmland in Sughd and Khatlon. There are many opportunities to learn about Tajikistan’s gastronomy and try a variety of local dishes which reflect the national culture and traditions.
One of Tajikistan’s most famous dishes is plov, a meal made from rice, meat, carrots, and onions. It is cooked over an open fire in large pots, and this gives it a distinctive taste and aroma. Another popular dish is lagman, a delicious noodle soup with meat and vegetables in a rich broth. You may also want to try samsa, pastries stuffed with meat or vegetable, which are served piping hot and are very popular as a street snack.
If you are a sweet lover, try halva, a fudge-like confectionary made from sunflower seeds, which is served in slices. If you visit someone’s home you will often be offered halva along with tea, nuts, and dried fruits, and it is also a common dessert.
Eating local foods is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in local culture in Tajikistan. You will also enjoy wandering and tasting samples in the markets, watching cookery demonstrations, and perhaps also taking part in a cookery class.