My favorite Tajik dish that my host family of 2 years made on a weekly basis. Serves 4 as a main dish, or 10 as a side dish.
- 2 loaves of Fatir bread
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup dill, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped
- 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 4 persian cucumbers, diced
- 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
- Prepare your 2 loaves of Fatir bread & rip them into small pieces.
- If your bread is not fresh, heat the loaves up in the oven for 15 minutes at 200, before ripping them apart!
- Bring the yogurt, salt, and water to a simmer in a saucepan. Simmer for 25 minutes, occasionally stirring.
- Fry 1 1/2 onions in the olive oil & butter for 10 minutes. Save the remaining 1/2 raw onion!
- Mix together the chopped herbs. Pour half of them into the yogurt mixture.
- Add the walnuts & bread pieces into the yogurt, and mix well.
- Place the yogurt covered bread in the bottom of a large serving dish.
- Place half of the cucumbers on top of the bread, followed by half of the tomatoes, 1/4 of the herbs, and all of the raw onions.
- Add the remaining cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs on top.
- Cover the dish with the fried onions, and pour the butter & oil mixture on top.
- Enjoy immediately, and eat with your hands!!