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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kartoshka palov (Pilaf with potatoes)

"Kartoshka palov" is relatively new in Uzbek cuisine. It is usually cooked at home and not very many people know about it. As myself, first I tasted it in my in-laws house. My mother in law used to have a very old book about Uzbek cuisine and she always tried some recipes from there. Now this book is mine:)
Today I was reading that book and remembered how tasty was "Kartoshka palov" despite of my "not in love" with potatoes. So I cooked it today and posting it for you, hope you will find it useful:)
130 gr of vegetable oil (I used corn oil)
300 gr of meat (lamb, beef)
300 gr of peeled and chopped in big chunks onion
2 big tomatoes chopped
400 gr of potatoes, peeled and cut in medium sized pieces
300 gr of rice (I used basmati, as always:))
1 tbsp of ground coriander
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of ground pepper
Salt to taste
Heat up the oil well. Fry meat and spices over high heat, until meat will become brown. Add in onions and continue frying. When onions get transparent and slightly brown in color, add in tomatoes, fry about 5 min, then add in potatoes. Fry continuously stirring, until potatoes are half ready.
Wash rice and then layer it evenly on top of fried meat and vegetables. Pour enough water to cover the rice 1.5-2 cm (depends on rice). Bring to boil and check for saltiness. it must be a little salty as rice and potatoes will absorb it.
Let all the water evaporate. Then lower the heat and mix only the top of the rice. Cover the lid and cook for about 15-20 min. Then open up the lid and again mix only the top of the rice , cover and cook for more 10 min.
Take from the heat, mix all the pilaf well, serve on a big plate. Enjoy with fresh salad!
Yoqimli ishtaha!!!


  1. We've just spent a week in Uzbekistan, first visit. Loved the country, the friendly people and the food was great. Thank you for your work to present this site and the recipes, I'll try Kartoshka palov this weekend. It would also work cooked in a tajine I think.

  2. Carolynn, you are welcome! It is very pleasant to know that my blog is useful.
    About tajine, can you fry in it? I think you can only stew meat in tajine, but it's ok, it will be even more healthier to stew meat for pilaf:)

  3. let me try it out at the weekend.