What's the food like in Tajikistan?
Tajik cuisine has much in common with the food of the rest of Central Asia and Russia. Meat is the basis of most meals, so outside of the capital Dushanbe vegetarians will struggle to find options. Sheep and goat meat are the most common and, as Tajikistan is a Muslim country, pork isn’t eaten at all.
Similarly to other countries in the region, plov (also called osh) is considered the national dish. This beloved meal consists of rice with carrots and onion, alongside either mutton, lamb or beef. Soups are also very popular and lagman is a classic example, made up of noodles, meat and vegetables.
All meals are served with a type of flatbread known as non and green tea is frequently offered to guests as a gesture of hospitality. Sweet dishes include halvah, which is made of sesame flour and honey, and you’ll find that apricot jam or dried apricots appear on most Tajik dinner tables.
Safe eating while travelling in Tajikistan
It’s important to follow basic food safety precautions in Tajikistan, especially as most dishes feature meat. Ensure that food is cooked thoroughly and served hot, as well as that fruit and vegetables are washed with treated water.