Qurutob Recipe - A Taste of Authentic Tajik Cuisine

Dish recipes: Qurutob
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Qurutob, a traditional dish from Tajikistan, is a unique and flavorful culinary experience. This dish combines the richness of homemade flatbread, the tanginess of yogurt, and the earthy goodness of vegetables. In this recipe, we'll guide you through the steps to create an authentic Qurutob that will transport you to the heart of Central Asia.


For the Flatbread:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup warm water

For the Topping:

  1. 2 cups plain yogurt

1 cup water

1 cup dried apricots

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Step 1: Prepare the Flatbread

In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Gradually add warm water and knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into small balls and roll each ball into a thin flatbread, about 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the flatbreads until they are lightly browned on both sides. Set them aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Topping

In a bowl, mix plain yogurt with water to create a smooth yogurt sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Dice the dried apricots and cherry tomatoes into small pieces. Thinly slice the cucumber and red onion. Chop the fresh parsley, cilantro, and mint leaves. Toast the chopped walnuts in a dry skillet for a few minutes until they become fragrant.

Step 3: Assemble the Qurutob

Place the cooked flatbreads on a serving platter or a large shallow dish. Pour the yogurt sauce evenly over the flatbreads to moisten them. Sprinkle the diced dried apricots and cherry tomatoes on top of the flatbreads. Add the thinly sliced cucumber and red onion. Scatter the chopped fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, and mint) over the vegetables. Finish by sprinkling the toasted walnuts on top.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

Qurutob is traditionally served family-style. Allow everyone to mix the ingredients on their plates as they prefer. Use your hands to tear off pieces of the flatbread and dip them into the flavorful toppings. Savor the delightful combination of textures and flavors in each bite.

You've successfully prepared a delicious batch of Qurutob, a beloved dish from Tajikistan. This flavorful blend of fresh ingredients and homemade flatbread is sure to satisfy your taste buds and provide a glimpse into the rich culinary traditions of Central Asia. Share this delightful meal with friends and family, and enjoy the unique flavors of Qurutob together. Bon appétit!