Khvorost is absolutely delicious and addictive!Anna Kharzeeva
I had my first Uzbek meal long before I made any Uzbek friends. As I kid, my friends and I used to buy plastic containers packed with chak-chak — delicious fried pieces of pastry covered in honey and all stuck to each other — and eat the whole packet, picking one sticky strip from another, one by one, until the container was empty. I didn’t know then that chak-chak is very much like khvorost, except that in khvorost, the fried dough is covered in icing sugar instead of honey.
Fortunately I now have some Uzbek friends who can introduce me to more of their delicious cuisine. I also recently found out that I have a little Uzbek blood — maybe that explains my chak-chak and khvorost addiction!
Granny says that back in the day, khvorost was very much in vogue and all the women used to make it at home. They had special devices — one for liquid dough you could pour straight into the pan, and one you could cut firm dough with. Granny had one of those devices, too, and was among the fashionable housewives making the exotic meal.
I was curious to get an Uzbek babushka’s opinion on the Book’s version of khvorost. Luckily a friend’s mother was visiting from Tashkent — it’s only +33 here, compared to +45 in Tashkent — much better for frying dessert!
We like khvorost with tea — black or green, but in Uzbekistan we especially love green tea!”
I left Sonia Rashidovna’s place with a gift of Uzbek green tea — it smells like apricots, and has a slight apricot after-taste, too — it’s absolutely delicious and as addictive as khvorost itself!
It’s unfortunate that I had already finished the khvorost I made before getting the tea, but I will definitely make it again soon — this time following Sonia Rashidovna’s recipe — and I will reminisce about my childhood with a batch of homemade chak-chak, too. Time to plan a trip to Uzbekistan!
The recipe from the Soviet Cook Book, page 293
2. Roll out the dough as thin as noodles and cut into narrow strips 10-12 cm long. Twist the strips, fold 2-3 strips together and connect the ends. It’s possible to form the dough in the shape of roses. To do this, cut the dough in different sized circles, put one on top of the other, put a pin through the center and cut slits in the edges.
3. Prepare a deep pan with melted butter mixed with lard or other fat. Drop the pieces of khvorost dough into the pan and fry.
4. Remove from the fat to a plate covered with paper and sprinkle with powdered sugar mixed with vanilla, lemon zest or cinnamon.
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