Sunday, November 27, 2011
Besh barmoq (Squared noodles with meat)
"Besh barmoq" is very popular and loved dish in all Central Asian countries. Especially it is popular among Kazakh people, who also claim that "Besh barmoq" is their national dish. I would like to mention that, this dish is also famous among Uzbek people too. I think Kazakhs and Uzbeks are closely connected to each other with common history and culture.
"Besh barmoq" is usually made of fresh lamb and horse meat sausages (or with horse meat). My version is cooked without horse meat sausages, as it is not found, where I live.
600 grams of meat, lamb/mutton, (preferable fatty and bony parts)
2-3 medium sized onions, peeled and sliced
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of fresh crushed coriander seeds
1 tsp of fresh ground pepper
2-3 bay leaves
Salt to taste
60 ml of water
1 tsp of salt
Plain flour as needed
1-2 onions, peeled and sliced, for serving
Put meat in deep pan with 2 liters of cold water and bring to boil over high heat. Scoop out all of the foam, lower the heat and let it simmer for at least 3 hours. Then, add in onions and spices, simmer for another half hour. At the end, add in salt. If you are using horse meat, it must be cooked together with lamb, if you are using horse meat sausages, they must be cooked beforehand and are served at the end, just slice and put on top of cooked dough, along with meat.
While soup is simmering, prepare your dough.Whisk eggs with water ans salt. Gradually add in flour, until you will get medium hard dough. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 20 min. Roll out the dough and then cut it in medium sized squares, you can see the technique here. Open up all squares and let them dry for a while.
When soup is ready, take out all of the meat and set aside. Set the heat on high and cook squared dough pieces in this soup, for about 4-5 min or until soft. Put half of the given portion of dough at once. Take out cooked dough and layer in big plate. Put meat pieces on top and sprinkle with fresh sliced onions. Serve and enjoy!