A few days ago, my friend Ayten in Baku posted a video from Tajikistan on her social media – she is moving to the country because she was offered a head position in a reputable organization there (so proud of my girlfriends!). I commented that Tajikistan was one of the countries I’d love to visit one day. And it is true. In fact, the entire Central Asian geography fascinates me, with its rich history and traditions, and, of course, food, which is particularly appealing to me, just like the food of Iran. Yogurt, legumes, fresh vegetables and herbs, fruits of all kinds – these are abundant in Central Asian cuisines, and I love it.
Our virtual conversation with Ayten prompted me to cook something from the Tajik cuisine. And I had the perfect book for that – the recently published Samarkand: Recipes and Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus, filled with delicious recipes from the region. I chose to make Tajik Green Lentil and Rice Soup.