A Traveler’s Tale: The Art of Home-Made Plov in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (VIDEO)
Plov is one of Central Asia’s most ubiquitous – and delicious – dishes. It’s hearty and filling, made with slow-cooked meat, rice, onions, carrots and exotic spices like cumin, saffron and coriander, and typically is the centerpiece of Central Asian festivals, weddings and other special occasions.
Cooking and sharing this delicious one-pot meal is so important to Central Asian culture that UNESCO decided to honor the tradition in 2016, when it added “Plov Culture and Tradition” to its list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Plov can be found all along the Silk Road, with countless names, variations, cooking techniques and ingredients. But nowhere is it as beloved as it is in Uzbekistan, where it’s gained status as the country’s national dish.
These travelers were able to capture the sights and sounds of their culinary adventure on video from beginning to end. Plov can take hours to prepare, but we’ve managed to whittle the entire process down to a mere 1.5 minutes for your viewing pleasure. As you watch this video, be sure to listen for the crackle of the fire and the sound of the meat sizzling as it hits the pan!
“It was wonderful to stand with the family in their courtyard while we watched the plov cook on an open fire under the stars and they told us about the whole process.”
One of the best parts for these travelers was coming together to feast on the finished product. As they remember, “The plov was great, and so were the salads, soup, and fried cauliflower, eggplant and quince!” And eating together at the table gave them the opportunity to converse with their hosts. “Rahmon, the father, didn’t speak much English, but our guide was able to translate for us… He was a very gracious host.”
Travel with MIR to Central Asia
Want to savor plov for yourself? You can taste this classic dish along with other Central Asian delicacies on a special cultural and culinary journey that introduces you to the cuisine and traditions of Central Asia, Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan, or
If you’re looking to further boost your culinary prowess, MIR can incorporate cooking classes and demonstrations based on your interests on a custom, private journey to Uzbekistan and Central Asia. Classes and demonstrations can also be added to any of our suggested independent itineraries available on a private journey basis to Central Asia.
MIR has over 30 years of travel experience to Central Asia and was the first American travel company to open an accredited office in Uzbekistan. Clients rave about our on-the-ground support, tour managers, and dedication and commitment to quality. Our destination expertise has twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
Chat with a MIR destination specialist about travel to Uzbekistan and Central Asia by phone (800-424-7289) or email today. We would love to take your ideas and weave them into a trip tailored especially for you.
(Top photo: MIR staffers at a home-made plov demonstration in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Photo credit: David Parker)
PUBLISHED: June 3, 2015