Qurutob – ҚУРУТОБ

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


  1. 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!
  2. Bring the yogurt, salt, and water to a simmer in a saucepan. Simmer for 25 minutes, occasionally stirring.
  3. Fry 1 1/2 onions in the olive oil & butter for 10 minutes. Save the remaining 1/2 raw onion!
  4. Mix together the chopped herbs. Pour half of them into the yogurt mixture.
  5. Add the walnuts & bread pieces into the yogurt, and mix well.
  6. Place the yogurt covered bread in the bottom of a large serving dish.
  7. 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.
  8. Add the remaining cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs on top.
  9. Cover the dish with the fried onions, and pour the butter & oil mixture on top.
    • Enjoy immediately, and eat with your hands!!

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