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Try Plov, a Rice and Mutton Dish!

Pavel Levin from Uzbekistan

Plov
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There are no celebrations that can be arranged without serving plov. In big cities, especially in the capital, on some holidays the government pays for plov and everybody can eat it free.

One of the most popular dishes in my country, Uzbekistan, is plov. If you want to make plov, the first thing you have to do is fry mutton a few minutes. Then add onion and carrots. When there is a lot of carrot juice, add rice, pour in the water and boil.

Preparing plov may take all day. It must be prepared only by a man called a plovchi. Every neighborhood in Yzbekistan has its own plovchi, but sometimes he is invited from the farthest part of the city. He always has a good reputation, and the neighborhood is proud of him.

There are no celebrations that can be arranged without serving plov. In big cities, especially in the capital, on some holidays such as Independence Day and Navruz (New Year, March 21) the government pays for plov and everybody can eat it free.

There are several rules on how to eat plov. It is always served on one plate. Guests sit around it and eat it, using their hands. If you are a real Uzbek, you have to know them and use them correctly.  


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