Uzbek Recipes

These recipes–along with tasty samples–were all presented by our volunteer chefs at our Annual Meeting in November. Rahmat to everyone who prepared food–it was delicious!

Honim

Cooked and presented by Rahima Niyazovahonim

Ingredients:

For filling:
0.5 lb ground beef
1 large onion, sliced
4-5 potatoes, peeled and sliced in thin strips
2 carrots, peeled and cut in thin strips
Salt, pepper, cumin seeds
Vegetable or olive oil for greasing

For dough:
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp. salt
Plain flour as needed

For topping:
5 Tbsp. olive oil for frying
2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
Freshly chopped herbs like cilanto, basil, or green onion (optional)

Directions:
1. To make the dough, mix lukewarm water and salt. Gradually add flour to make medium hard dough. Cover it and let it stand for 30 min. While it’s resting, prepare the filling.
2. Cut all your vegetables and combine them in a big bowl. Set it aside.
3. Put water into steamer and bring it to boil.
4. Use a rolling pin to roll up your dough. Try to make a round shape and as thin as possible. Grease some oil evenly all over the surface. Cut the dough in half from the middle using a knife. Before dividing the filling, add salt, pepper, and cumin seeds as needed, and then spread it on top of the each piece. Roll the dough into itself; it should look like a long rope.
5. Place the honim in a steamer and cook for about 40 min.
6. While honim is cooking, prepare the topping. Over medium-high heat fry onions for about 5-10 minutes, then add tomatoes and stir for another 5-10 minutes. Add salt to taste.
7. When it’s ready, cut honim in pieces and place the topping on top.
8. Finish it with some fresh herbs.

Uzbek Yogurt – Qatiq                                   

Cooked and presented by Madinahon Ibragimova

Ingredients:
4 cups of milk (whole milk or low fat)
3 tbsp of plain natural yogurt

Where to get the ingredients:
The ingredients can be bought at any grocery store.

Directions:
1. Heat up the milk and check it with your finger; you must be able to hold your finger in the milk for 10 seconds.
2. Mix 3 tbsp of natural yogurt with the milk. Pour it in to glass dishes and close them tightly.
3. Wrap them with a thick towel. You might need more than one towel. Using towels helps to hold the temperature.
4. Put it in a warm place for 8 hours.

Plov

Cooked and presented by Marifat Turaevaplov3

Ingredients:
1 lb. meat (lamb or beef)
1 lb. carrots, cut in long strips
1 large onion, sliced
1 lb. rice
4.5 oz. canola oil
2+ cups water
Salt and cumin seeds (not ground) to taste
2 heads of garlic and 8 oz. chickpeas and raisins (optional)

Where to get the ingredients:
Ingredients can be found at any grocery store. Meat is halal, and rice is #1565 from WinCo.

Directions:
1. In a big pot, heat the oil and add the meat. Fry the meat until it’s brown, then add the onion and continue frying until the onion is golden.
2. Add the carrots and fry them until they are soft. Add 2 cups of cold water. Bring it to boil, then let it simmer for 40 min. Add salt to taste.
3. Wash and add the rice to the boiled mixture. (You can also soak the rice while the ingredients are cooking.) Don’t mix the rice. If the water isn’t covering the rice, then pour in more water. Water should be only 1 inch above the rice. Let it boil uncovered and wait until the water evaporates. When all water is gone, sprinkle some cumin seeds on top. Then reduce the heat to low, cover it with a lid and cook it for 20 min or until rice is ready.
4. Serve it with a tomato salad like achchiq chuchuk (optional).

Holvaitar

Cooked and presented by Madinahon Ibragimova

Ingredients:
2 cups water
3.5 oz sugar
3 tbsp flour
1 oz butter

Where to get the ingredients:
The ingredients may be bought at any grocery store.

Directions:
1. Put water in a pot and bring it to boil. Add sugar. After all sugar is dissolved, remove it from the heat.
2. In a non-stick pan, melt the butter and add flour. Fry it until brown.
3. Take aside and start adding boiled sugary water. Add water little by little stirring it constantly. There should be no clumps left. Then add all the water and bring it to boil. Let it simmer until it thickens. When it becomes thick, pour it onto plates.
4. You can eat it hot or cold.

Annual Meeting/Uzbek Food Tasting, November 6

SAVE THE DATE!
What: Our annual Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association Meeting
When: Thursday, November 6th, 7-9 p.m.
Where: North Seattle Community College, North Star Dining Room

WHAT’S DIFFERENT AND WHY YOU’LL WANT TO COME:

Food!

We always hold an annual meeting each year to discuss our sister city activities. But this year instead of having a guest speaker, we’ll have a number of cooks share their favorite Uzbek recipes. Yum! These generous volunteer cooks will show how to make their dish, where to purchase the ingredients, and offer a tasting of the recipe.

So, please mark your calendar and HOLD THE DATE. More details will follow soon. See you at the annual meeting, in November!

Dan Peterson
President, STSCA

STSCA Summer Picnic to be Held Sept. 20th at Gene Coulon Park

It’s time for our annual sister city picnic!

We look forward to having you there to renew friendships, enjoy great food including plov, and have fun for the whole family! Further, we will have games for the kids, music, and dancing.

So, please mark your calendar for Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 3 pm to 7 pm. See this flyer for details.

Please bring a salad, melon, and/or dessert to share.

It is free to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated to help us with all our costs.

This year the picnic is being held in the North Shelter at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Boulevard North, in Renton, WA 98056.

We really hope you make this part of your summer!

Uzbek Film to Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival

We are very excited that a film from Uzbekistan, 40 Days of Silence (Chilla), has been selected to be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) this year!

40DaysOfSilence_440x300Please mark your calendars for the two showings and please attend! The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 20th, at the Harvard Exit Theater, at 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 22nd, at the Harvard Exit Theater, at 4:30 pm

The ticket price is $12. You may purchase tickets now at the SIFF website.

This is the North American premier of the film, which is directed by Saodat Ismailova. The cast includes Rukhshona Sattarova, Barohat Shukurova, Saodat Rahimova, and Farida Olimova.

The director, Saodat Ismailova, studied film-making at the Tashkent State Art Institute and then joined the cinema department of Fabrica in Italy, where she directed her first film, Aral, Fishing In An Invisible Sea (2004). Saodat also has her own company, Map Production, in Tashkent.

More complete information about the film is available on the SIFF website, but, in summary, in an isolated Uzbek village, young Bibicha takes a traditional vow of silence and moves into her grandmother’s old house, along with three other women, to be part of a chilla, or spiritual “quarantine.”

We hope that you will be able to attend this film! It has been many years since an Uzbek film has been shown. The competition for films is extensive, so it is a great honor that this Uzbek film has been selected.

In addition, a Russian film, called Shame, directed and written by Yusup Razykov, an Uzbek filmmaker born in Uzbekistan in 1957, will be shown. He has directed other Uzbek films, as well (The Dance of Men in 2002 and Migrant Worker in 2009). Yusup will be here in Seattle and attending the showings for both shows!

A brief synopsis of Shame:The desolation and chilling beauty of northwest Russia is masterfully played against the longings of a community of women who await their husbands’ return from submarine missions at sea.

Shame is showing on Sunday, June 1, at 5:00 pm at the SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater, and again on Monday, June 2, at 3:30 pm at the same theater. The cost is the same as other films ($12).

When you purchase tickets for either film, you can get a $2 discount if you use the promo code of EURUS2014. The SIFF website for the film is here: http://www.siff.net/festival-2014/shame

We hope you will join us for one or both of these films!

Navruz Celebration a Huge Success!

Our 2014 Navruz celebration was a jam-packed, sold-out evening of fun, food, and festivities! Katta rahmat to everyone who attended and everyone who volunteered at this year’s event, which was the biggest ever!

Over 350 people enjoyed an amazing Uzbek meal of plov, somsa, naan, bo’gir’soq, salads, and drinks prepared by STSCA Board members and volunteers. Fruit and dessert were provided by attendees.

Highlights of the evening included addresses by Uzbek Embassy official Nurillo Abdullayev and Tashkent Deputy Mayor I.D. Berdibekov, performances by the Mystic Rose and Ivan da Marya folkdance groups, a raffle won by a Kazakh “babushka” who performed a traditional Kazakh song, and a lively, colorful fashion show of traditional Central Asian clothing. Attendees who stayed until the end were also treated to a “diskoteka” of popular Uzbek and Central Asian tunes, with many young children dancing up on the stage.

Below are a few pictures from the event. For more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.

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Seattle’s Seagull Project Makes History in Uzbekistan

The Seagull Project LLC has officially received a grant from the US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan amounting to $65,000. This grant allows the company to take its celebrated production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull overseas as part of the Festival of American Culture: Ilkhom East/West,” hosted by the Ilkhom Theatre.

The Seagull Project is a theatre company based in Seattle, WA that works to develop its own process, including long-form rehearsal periods, in which each actor is afforded the opportunity to grow into his or her role, learn new skills, and deepen work as theatre artists. The top-notch design team and celebrated director find inspiration through this work and together form a cohesive ensemble. After an extraordinarily successful run of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull at ACT Theatre (Seattle, WA) in 2013, Three Sisters will be the next production, slated to go up at ACT Theatre in February 2015 as part of the 50th anniversary season.

The Ilkhom Theatre is one of the most historically important theatres in the entire former Soviet Union.  Founded by the late Mark Weil in 1976, it was the very first Independent theatre in the Soviet Union, and has remained so to this day. The Ilkhom often brings acts from all over the world to perform in festivals in their home city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, but has never had an American company as an official guest. The Seagull Project is honored and overjoyed to not only represent Seattle while in Tashkent, but to embark on a historically significant trip as a representative for the arts and culture of the United States as a whole.

The Grant – in large part facilitated by International Liaison, Tyler Polumski – allows the Seagull Project to work in conjunction with the Ilkhom Theatre to create a festival of American Culture.  The festival will serve as a meeting place between two different cultures, of the Eastern and Western world. Therefore, it is not only as a celebration of the arts, but of peace and cultural exchange.

The Festival will include:

  • * Performances of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, performed by The Seagull Project Ensemble, and adapted specifically for the Ilkhom Theatre’s stage
  • * Performances of the Ilkhom Theatre’s productions of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, and Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flats
  • * Three staged readings of New American Drama: one reading by the Seagull Project Ensemble in English; one reading by the ilkhom Theatre in Russian; and one reading with a combined cast in both languages
  • * A concert of American music
  • * Master classes/workshops led by the Seagull Project for students and artists of the Ilkhom theatre as well as the greater public

Seagull Project artistic personnel will also be working with young, aspiring, Central Asian directors, who will be taking part in an ongoing project of the Ilkhom Theatre, the “Laboratory for Young Directors of Central Asia.”, which is happening in parallel with the festival.

The Seagull Project will depart for Uzbekistan April 23 and will return two weeks later on May 11. While in Uzbekistan, ensemble members will be guests of the Ilkhom Theatre. The grant allows for the full company, plus director John Langs and two production personnel, to travel. The Seagull Project will have the unique opportunity to work with this world-class theatre, offering an exchange of ideas and culture that will be brought back to the United States so the culture and techniques can be shared and discussed.  It is through these vital cultural exchanges that countries, often foreign from one another, can heal, grow, and breath anew into their work.

Contact Information:

Gavin Reub: Co-Artistic Director
gavinr2@gmail.com

Julie Briskman: Co-Artistic Director
antons.arkadina@gmail.com

Tyler Polumsky: International Liaison
tjpolumsky@gmail.com

STSCA Board Meets with New Uzbek Ambassador Gulyamov

On March 3, members of the STSCA Board met with the new Uzbek Ambassador to the US, His Excellency Baktiyar Gulyamov, who was in Seattle to promote economic development between Uzbekistan and the US. The Ambassador mentioned a number of directions the Uzbek government would like to pursue in business together (agricultural products and processing and Boeing jets) and also lent his support to the STSCA activities we described. In addition to the STSCA Board, he met with Seattle City Council Member Jean Godden and also had a very productive meeting with her. He sent us this letter of appreciation for the visit.

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2014 Navruz Celebration

Come join the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association for our annual Navruz celebration! This is our largest event during the year, and we love getting everyone together to value the importance of Navruz, renew friendships, enjoy great food, and have a lot of fun! We will have entertainment including a fashion show, dancing, and a children’s corner!

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 for this great event in the North Seattle Community College Cafeteria. The doors open at 4:45 pm. The meal will be served in courses, so arrive on time to enjoy all of it!

If you are interested in volunteering for the event or in helping to make somsas, please email navruz@seattle-tashkent.org.

Please bring fruit and/or dessert to share.

Tickets
$20/adult
$30/couple
$15/student (ages 13-18, or college student)
$10/child (age 8-12)
Children age 7 and under are free

Family: $30 for the first 2 adults, plus $10 for each additional family member age 8 and over

Purchase tickets at the door or ahead of time on Brown Paper Tickets (service charge applies). Scan this QR code to access our ticket site, or go to http://stscanavruz2014.bpt.me to purchase tickets:

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Directions
Heading North on I-5
Take exit #173 (Northgate exit).
Turn right (South) onto 1st Avenue NE.
Turn right again at N 92nd Street.
Turn right onto College Way N.
The college is on the right.

Heading South on I-5
Take exit #173 Westbound (Northgate exit).
Turn right onto N Northgate Way.
Turn left onto Meridian Avenue N (becomes College Way N).
The college is on the left.

Parking
Easy access with free parking: park only in the visitors’ parking spots in front or in the north/south parking lots, but not the underground lot, which is permit parking only.

Annual Meeting

Please join us for the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association Annual Meeting!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7–9 pm
North Seattle Community College, North Star Room

Come hear our 40th anniversary delegation report on our amazing recent trip to Tashkent–what’s new, whom we met, and what’s in the future for STSCA!

Light refreshments will be served.

Directions:

Heading North on I-5:
1. Take exit #173 (Northgate exit)
2. Turn right (South) onto 1st Avenue NE
3. Turn right again at N 92nd Street
4. Turn right onto College Way N
5. The college is on the right.

Heading South on I-5:
1. Take exit #173 Westbound (Northgate exit)
2.Turn right onto N Northgate Way
3. Turn left onto Meridian Ave N (becomes College Way N
4. The college is on the left.

Parking: Park for free in the visitors’ parking spots in front or in the north or south parking lots, but not the underground lot, which is permit parking only.

35th Anniversary Celebration at Roosevelt High School

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