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Friday, April 9, 2010

Sholgomli palov (Pilaf with turnips)

In our old folk medicine this meal was used as a cure for problems like kidney stones and liver weakness. Besides it is tasty and healthy recipe. This recipe is old and it is rarely coked in nowadays, so I want to keep our traditions and that's why I am posting it to you.
50 gr of corn oil
300 gr of meat (beef or lamb)optional, if you like you can make it without
200 gr of peeled and sliced onions
400 gr of peeled and cut in strips red carrot
300 gr (about 5 pieces)of small turnips, peeled and whole
300 gr long grain rice
Salt to taste
1 tbsp of ground coriander
1 tsp of cumin seeds
Cut the meat in small mouthful chunks. Heat the oil and fry meat under covered lid over medium heat. Fry until brown. Add in carrots and onions, set the heat on very low and close the lid. Cook for 30 min and then add in turnips. Continue cooking for another 1 hour. Heat will stay on very low. After add in 150 gr water or meat broth and again cover the lid. After 20 min, add in salt and spices. Wash rice and layer it evenly on top of the vegetables and pour water enough for covering the rice approximately 2 cm.

Set the heat on high and let all the water evaporate.

Check for saltiness. Set the heat again on very low, mix only top of the rice and cover the lid. Cook for 20 min, then open up the lid and again mix only top of the rice. Cover and cook for more 10 min. Take from the heat and mix finely all the "Pilaf". Serve placing all meat on top of the rice and enjoy this healthy meal with your family!
Yoqimli ishtaha!!!

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