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Donhollio:
 I'd offer up a couple of Uzbek dishes but the tittle of this is only RU & UA, not UZ.  :( Of course I could screw with the subject line.  :evilgrin0002:

Ingredients
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4 cups long grain rice, use Basmati
4 large carrots
4 large onions
2 lbs lamb meat - preferably leg or shoulder with some fat on it
1/4 cup melted lamb fat or vegetable oil
8 cups boiling water
3 heaping tbsp coarse salt
2 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp ground coriander 
3 tbsp ground cumin 
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric or a pinch of saffron for color 
1/2 tbsp tarragon
1/4 cup dried barberries (optional)
1 large head of garlic, un-peeled
How to make it
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Rinse rice in cold water at least 7 times, pouring out all the water completely after each rinse; set aside
Boil water in a saucepan and add 2 tbsp salt to it; set aside
Cut up the lamb into 1 to 1-1/2 inch cubes.
Half and slice the onions 1/4 inch slices
Half lengthwise and slice or julienne the carrots
If you have fatty lamb pieces use those for melting out the fat, if not, use vegetable oil instead.
In a heavy bottom large pot or dutch oven heat the oil, or brown the fatty lamb pieces to get the fat out over high heat, until fat is smoky (but not burning)
Toss in all of the lamb and continue browning on all sides until pleasantly brown and stops sticking to the bottom.
You can either remove the meat now, or continue with the meat on the bottom.
Reduce heat to medium
Toss in onions and cook in fat until translucent, about 5-7 minutes, frequently stirring them
Toss in carrots, continue stirring
Add some of the remaining salt and half of the black pepper and paprika at this point
If you removed the meat earlier, now add it back and sprinkle some of the coriander and cumin over.
Stir for another 2-3 minutes
Fold out all the rice over the meat, onions and carrots, spread it evenly, don't stir
Make a hole in the rice with a handle of a wooden spoon, and pour the water through that hole slowly, taking care not to disturb the bottom ingredients.
Water should cover the rice by not more than 1/2 inch. Better under-water it than over-water.
Reserve the remaining water, if you have any.
Leave the heat at medium
Cover the pot tightly and let rice steam through for about 15 minutes without opening the pot
After 15 minutes toss in the remaining spices and salt. Cover again and keep steaming
Cut the top off the garlic head, slightly exposing the garlic cloves. You'll need to use some effort to do it.
Stick the garlic head (exposed side down) into the middle of the steaming plov, about 3/4 way and cover again.
Steam for another 10 minutes or so.
Check plov once in a while for doneness - the top grains should be slightly firm, and the bottom ones - well done, but not mushy.
All water should evaporate, but not burn.
If you feel your plov is not done yet, but water is gone, make holes in the plov with the handle of the wooden spoon - all the way through to the bottom, and pour remaining salty water into those holes. Don't abuse this technique, because it's very easy to overcook the plov this way. Use very little water at a time.
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Remove from heat and stir with wooden spoon, bringing the bottom ingredients up to the surface.
Rice should be slightly sticky, but all grains should easily separate and not be easily mashed with a spoon. Meat should be tender and juicy, and vegetables should be all very tender.
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 My MIL and Alina tell me one should not drink cold fliuds with Plov as the oils will clog up your inners. :-\   My eyes did lots of rolling on that trip last summer.  :chuckle:  40c outside , your eating hot plov,and the proper drink is hot tea. I got lucky, I had a bottle of water with ice forming in it, the server didn't want me to have it thinking no one would drink cold cold water.

mendeleyev:
Hi Don, yes love the topic!

I've seen this dish made in giant pans over open fires in open markets and it is wonderful!

msmoby:
Hi Don

Plov is one of my favs, too ..  these culinary delights are one of the benefits of the former FSU policies of moving folks around the republics

Fo:
Cheers Donno tiphat. There are variations of it all over the place. I'll try making this one sometime. Never heard of barberries mind.
How's it going? She's got you cooking anyway which can't be bad :smokin:
Did she have you eating camel over there? Tasty! The hump is a bit rich for me though

Donhollio:
 They have these pans as Mendy mentioned that are about one metre in diameter. From there they toss and shovel the mixture around and soon enough its ready to eat.
 Yes Moby the forced relocation was wonderful, I gave much thought to this as I flew an extra 4.5 hours to Uzbekistan to get my little Slavik hottie.
 FO, I've never cooked the stuff, though when I asked Alina about having her make this once in Canada she replied that men can make it better... :duh: Something tells me it'll be KD nights forever.  :chuckle:

 I'll try to get some other Uzbek food out here, in the meantime for those new members, please feel free to click on the link below, and read about my travels to Uzbekistan and other FSU countries.

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