Nations food, Rice

Traditional Samarkand Polow

This gorgeous rice dish is popular in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It can be made with lamb, beef or chicken, garlic , quail eggs and spices such as cumin that gives the dish very nice taste.



2 cups rice

300g diced lamb meat

2 large orange , yellow or white carrots, cut into thick matchsticks

1 large onion, cut into wedges

2-3 garlic cloves, unpeeled

4 hard boiled quail’s eggs

3 tbsp Ghee or butter ( you can use sunflower as well)

1 tsp cumin powder

½ tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste



cook the rice with garlic cloves and set aside.

Heat the Ghee in a pan, add meat and brown the lamb over a medium heat, then add cumin powder and stirring for a minute. Remove it to a pot, add water and let the meat cook until is tender.


Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan. Add chopped onion. Stirring occasionally until softened , remove from the pan. Add carrots and fry until is tender.

Once meat is cooked, add all fried ingredients to the meat , seasoning with salt and chilli powder, Then add rice and gently mix all together.

Serve the rice in a plate and circle the hard boiled quail’s eggs around the rice.





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