Yakhna Gosht - Boiled Meat

500g mutton or beef, 500g (18 oz) turnips or carrots, 1 chili pepper, 15 black peppercorns, a few springs dill, 2 bay leaves, salt to taste.

Cut meat into 150-200g (6-7 oz) pieces and put in a large pot of boiling water. Add turnips, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, dill, chili pepper and cook at a low boil for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove meat and vegetables, cut into slices and serve.

Khassip - Homemade Sausage

200g (18 oz) mutton, sheep's intestines, 200g (7 oz) lungs, 1 spleen, 1 kidney, 100g (3 1/2 oz) mutton fat, 5 onions, 200g or 1 cup rice, 1/2 cup water, salt, black pepper, cumin.

For the stuffing, finely dice mutton, fat, spleen, kidney and onions or put through a meat-grinder. Soak rice in 1/2 cup water. Add salt and pepper, combine with meat mixture and mix well. Clean intestines in cold water, rub in salt, and rinse. Repeat the process 2-3 times. Tie one end of intestines with a thread and hold open end with funnel inserted. Fill entire length of intestines with stuffing, and tie end, leaving a little space for expansion of the filling while cooking. Put in cold water and boil for 30 minutes. Cut into slices and serve either hot or cold.

Piyozli Kazy - Horse Sausage With Onions

1 kazy, 100g (3 1/2 oz) onions, black pepper to taste

Place kazy in a pot with cold water, and bring to boil. Lower the heat and prick the casing of the kazy in several places with a pin or fork, cook for 2- 2 1/2 hours, drain, and cool. Slice onions in thin rings and mix black pepper. Serve kazy cold, cut into slices with the casing, and garnish with onions.

Kovurilgan Balik - Fried Fish

1kg or 2 1/4 lb fish, 200g or 1 1/2 cups flour, 1kg 1 quart cottonseed oil(or any vegetable oil).

Scale, if necessary, clean and prepare fish for cooking. Season to taste with salt and allow fish to reach room temperature. Roll in flour and fry in hot oil until golden brown. Drain fried fish in a wire basket or on plate covered with absorbent paper. Serve very hot as main course or cool for use as an appetizer.

Yakhna Til - Boiled Tongue

1kg or 2 1/4 lb. beef tongue, 2 carrots, 2 onions, 1 head garlic, 1 bay leave, dill and salt to taste.

Scrub tongue well, put in a pot of cold water (1-1 1/2 or 1 1/2 quarts), and simmer gently. To improve taste and aroma, peel and add carrots, onions, garlic, and seasonings. When done, remove from broth and place tongue in cold to skin it more easily. Cut cleaned tongue diagonally into very thin slices. Serve Before completely cool and garnish with greens. Can be served with cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, and other fresh and pickled vegetables.

Buglama Kovoq - Steamed Pumpkin

500g (18 oz) pumpkin, 20g or 1 1/2 tablespoon butter, 20g or 4 tablespoons sugar.

Peel and clean seeds from pumpkin. Chop into small pieces and place on a layer of a steamer. Sprinkle each piece with melted butter and sugar. Steam for 30 minutes. Steamed pumpkin may be served hot or cold.

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