Fresh Hot Bread out of tamdyr, a traditional clay oven in Turkmenistan
Now this is as about as close to heaven as you can get in Turkmenistan. A Chorek the bread backed in a clay oven like the photo below. Oh so taste fresh baked flat bread with crusty, golden brown surface mixed with smoke. Yes it crackles and melts in your mouth. a. The bread keeps the glow of embers of ardent oven, the fragrance of smoke. It crackles in than and melts in the Vters mouth.
The local hang out they cook the plov outside in a large pan over a clay stove.
Favorite Dish: RICE PILAF WITH APRICOTS, RAISINS AND PINE NUTS
1/4 c Olive oil
1 1/2 c Rice, brown;long grain
1 pn Saffron strands; opt
1/2 c Apricots, dried;snipped into
1/2 ea Cinnamon stick
8 ea Cloves
4 ea Cardamom pods; lightly
-Salt & pepper
3 c -Water
2 ea Onions; peeled & sliced
1/3 c Raisins
1/2 c Pine nuts;or slivered
Fresh Mint sprig
Heat half the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the rice and saute for 5 minutes, stirring gently. Add the saffron, if using, the apricots, spices, 1 teaspoon salt and the water. Bring to a boil, then cover tightly and leave to cook over very gentle
heat for 45 minutes. Then turn off the heat and leave covered.
Saute the onion in the remaining oil for 10 minutes, until softened and lightly browned. Add to the rice, together with the raisins and
nuts. Check the seasonings and stir lightly with a fork. Garnish with a mint sprig to serve.
There is a mix of places to eat in Ashgabad. Turkish, Syrian, and shashlyk!!! This is a picture of a traditional wedding. I was lucky enough to stop in at a wedding party. Three couples, two in western attire and this one. The music and dancing was hypnotic, but the couples looked scared not happy? The ancient and traditional wedding garb really tells of the 'eastern traditions' that make up the Turkmen culture.
Favorite Dish: Lamp with muchrooms!!! I think they meant Lamb with mushrooms!
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Archabil Shayoly str. 54, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Good for: Families
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