Local Food and Cuisine in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistanis a land of vibrant culture, rich history and delicious cuisine. From the steaming plov cooked in cauldrons over open fires to melons slathered with honey – Turkmenistan’s food is unique and tantalizing. It’s no wonder that the country has become quite a destination for those looking to sample something truly special! With its combination of Central Asian, Russian and Persian influences, Turkmenistan offers an exciting array of flavors sure to satisfy even the most discerning palates. Get ready for an adventure of culinary delights that will make your taste buds dance like never before!
- Introduction of Food in Turkmenistan
- Must try Local Cuisine in Turkmenistan (Top 5)
- Weather in Turkmenistan
- Hotels Turkmenistan
- Reviews and Stories from Turkmenistan
- About Ashgabat the capitol of Turkmenistan
- Popular Questions about Turkmenistan’s local dishes
There are so many things types of amazing food in Turkmenistan, Asia we couldn’t list them all but we want to highlight 5 popular dishes from Turkmenistan to give you a feel of what to expect. If you think we have missed anything major or if your favourite local food is not in the list let us know and we would be happy to add it to our travel guide.
Popular Foods in Turkmenistan
- Plov in Turkmenistan
- Manty Soup in Turkmenistan
- Ashlyanfu Pilaf in Turkmenistan
- Kavurma Stew in Turkmenistan
- Shashlyk Skewers in Turkmenistan
Plov in Turkmenistan – Plov is a traditional Uzbek dish, made with rice, carrots and meat. It has a savory flavor balanced by the sweetness of the carrots, making it truly unique in its taste. Plov is an essential part of Uzbek culture and cuisine; it’s served at weddings, festivals, gatherings and other special occasions. Historically plov was considered to be royalty food as only certain ingredients were available to them or could be afforded. Today it is enjoyed by people from all walks of life as an everyday meal or for celebrations throughout Central Asia.
Manty Soup in Turkmenistan – is a traditional dish of Turkmenistan. It is made with dumplings filled with minced beef, onion, carrot and herbs. The dumplings are then simmered in a rich broth made from beef or lamb stock. The soup is seasoned with pepper, cumin, garlic and salt. It is typically served with sour cream, parsley and other garnishes such as fried onions or mild cheese.
Ashlyanfu Pilaf in Turkmenistan – is a traditional Armenian yogurt-like sour milk product made from fermented mare’s, cow’s or goat’s milk. It has an acidic and slightly salty taste that is very popular in Armenia and some other Middle Eastern countries. Matzoon was a staple of the Armenian diet during periods of fasting and abstinence when no animal products were allowed, as it provided essential protein to their diets without breaking any religious rules. The process of fermentation also allowed for long-term storage and preservation so matzoon could be kept for extended periods of time when food sources were scarce or unavailable due to war or famine.
Kavurma Stew in Turkmenistan – is a hearty and comforting meal that has been enjoyed in Turkey for centuries. It is made with tender pieces of lamb or chicken, slow-cooked in a fragrant tomato sauce with onions and garlic. Its flavor profile is warming, slightly smoky and mildly spiced – the perfect balance between heat and subtle sweetness. This classic stew can be served over steamed rice or eaten on its own as an appetizer or main dish. Kavurma Stew’s origins date back to Ottoman times when it was often served as part of large feasts for special occasions like weddings or Eid celebrations. Whether you’re looking for a nourishing lunch option or want to try something truly unique, Kavurma Stew is sure to please!
Shashlyk Skewers in Turkmenistan – are a popular dish in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The marinated meat is skewered onto metal or wooden sticks, then cooked over an open flame for an unbeatable smoky flavor. Shashlyk can be made with beef, lamb, pork or chicken and is often seasoned with herbs and spices that vary by region. This simple dish has been enjoyed for centuries as evidenced by its appearance in ancient manuscripts from the Middle Ages. Its unmistakable aroma and succulent taste make it a favorite among food-lovers around the world!
When booking a holiday in Turkmenistan one of the main things to look at is what the weather will be like when you get there. Due to these common weather questions, we have created a separate page talking about what the Whats the weather like in Turkmenistan?. This included a month-by-month breakdown of what the weather is like and questions travellers have had regarding the climate.
LANDMARKS IN Turkmenistan
After the weather and food, our attention normally turns to what is there to do in Turkmenistan or what’s worth visiting. We have created a list of landmarks, places or interests and attractions to get your travel journey started – What tourist attractions are in or near Turkmenistan?
Hotels in Turkmenistan
Finally, after reading about Turkmenistan’s weather, food, and tourist destinations, you might want to spend some time reading about the best hotels in Turkmenistan. Hotel information is always changing so please let us know if any of our reviews need updating and please feel free to share your stories and reviews from hotels you visit in both Turkmenistan to help others on their travels. Also, feel to check out our hotel map from Booking.com to quickly find a hotel in Turkmenistan
The Capitol of Turkmenistan is Ashgabat
When heading off to a country for the first time it’s always a good idea to read up on the capital city. and we have prepared a short guide about the captiol Ashgabat to get you started.
Stories and Reviews from Our Team/Clients in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan is a fascinating country in Central Asia known for its unique culture and food. As a tourist, it was exciting to explore the local cuisine and learn more about this vibrant region of the world.
One dish that I found particularly interesting was Turkmen plov. This hearty rice-based meal is cooked with large pieces of meat, onions, carrots, garlic and other spices all seasoned with cumin. The aroma wafting through the kitchen was enough to make my mouth water! When I tasted it for myself at one of the many restaurants in Ashgabat, I knew why people come
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Frequently Asked Questions About Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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- 1. What are traditional Turkmen dishes?
- 2. Are there any vegetarian options available here?
- 3. How spicy is the food in this region?
- 4. Is there a wide variety of fruits and vegetables available?
- 5. Where can I find the best restaurants to sample local cuisine?
1. What are traditional Turkmen dishes? – Traditional Turkmen dishes are a real treat! From the hearty and flavorful plov made with rice, carrots, onions and spices to the mouthwatering shashlik kebobs grilled over an open flame, there’s something for everyone. You can even try a variety of soups like chorba or buyurtma – both are delicious! Don’t forget about sweet treats like baklava or halva – they’re sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
2. Are there any vegetarian options available here? – Yes, there are plenty of vegetarian options available here! There’s an array of delicious dishes to choose from like roasted eggplant with a sprinkle of herbs and spices, flavorful vegetable couscous, and even hearty lentil stew. All these dishes are sure to satisfy your taste buds while still being vegan-friendly.
3. How spicy is the food in this region? – The food in this region is definitely flavorful! The spices used really give the dishes a unique kick that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. It’s not overly spicy, but still adds an exciting element to the meal.
4. Is there a wide variety of fruits and vegetables available? – Yes, there is an incredible selection of local fruits and vegetables available here. I’ve already tried some amazing mangoes, papayas, plantains, avocados and bananas; as well as delicious peppers, squash, tomatoes and potatoes. There’s something for everyone!
5. Where can I find the best restaurants to sample local cuisine? – #ERROR!