Chuchvara is well known dish all around the world. There are many similar dishes in other cuisines, like Italian ravioli and Chinese wonton, Russian pelmeni but in observance of the Islamic dietary rules, the meat filling is without pork.
How to prepare:
Fry onions with butter until light golden, mix with meat, along with salt, pepper and lamb’s tail fat.
Make simple dough slightly whisking water with salt and egg, then gradually adding flour, to make medium hard dough. Cover and let it rest for 15 min.
Roll out dough in thin, flat, big round. Cut in 1.5 x 1.5 inch squares. Don’t worry if they are not same. Now put 1/2-1 tsp of filling in the middle of square, fold and pinch edges carefully. Pinch again corner to corner. Make as many “chuchvara” as you will use up dough or filling. You can serve Chuchvara with or without soup, with it is topped with cream and chopped coriander, and without it is served with fried onions and tomatoes. Continue reading →
On 29 November, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov discussed about Uzbekistan’s water management issues, the situation in Afghanistan and political reforms.
According to Ashton, the main issue of the agenda was the regional challenges in Central Asia and in particular the situation in Afghanistan. Ashton and Karimov discussed about the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 and the impact that could have in the region. On June 2012, Uzbekistan withdrew from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation and according to Fox, Karimov did that move to pursue a more independent and Western policy in military issues. The U.S. in January removed a ban on providing military assistance to Uzbekistan, and on 25 August, Washington launched negotiations with Tashkent, discussing the possible establishment of an Operative Reaction Center in Uzbekistan, which could accommodate warehouses storing weapons and military hardware following the U.S. forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. Continue reading →
In the period when the UBTIC meeting isgoing to be held in Tashkent (25th October) there are some events which may interested you as well:
1.VI International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange (IIFCE) held from 23rd till 27th of October 2012
2.VIII International Uzbek Cotton and Textile Fair held on 17-18 October 2012
These fairs are organized by the relevant ministries and generally they are interested to get contracts signed during these events.
International Industrial Fair helps to establish new contacts and cooperation between foreign companies and domestic enterprises in the field of purchasing of goods and commodities as well as in organizing new production of high-tech products.
During the Cotton and Textile Fair participants will enjoy an opportunity to sign contracts for Uzbek cotton, set up long-term cooperation in cotton trading, as well as to be familiar with the quality of Uzbek cotton and the latest innovations in trade and logistics.
Moreover, during the Cotton Fair “round tables” and bilateral negotiations between Uzbek cotton exporters and consumers will be organised.
The registration form can be found in the attachment and for further information please find below websites:
A planned new Uzbek power station could mean more electricity for Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.
In November, the Uzbek state company Uzbekenergo announced plans to build a power station in the next five years in southern Surkhandarya Oblast bordering Afghanistan. The plant will supply electricity to Uzbek users as well as export energy to Afghanistan.
“The new power station will be a unique project: it is the first power station to be built from scratch in present-day Uzbekistan. Before this, energy problems have been addressed only by renovating Soviet-era power stations,” said Muzaffar Mukhitdinov, an Continue reading →
On the eve of the 18th Uzbek British Trade and Industry Council meeting in London, the co-Chairman of the Uzbek British Trade and Industry Council, Dr Hartley Booth OBE, will be visiting Uzbekistan between 19-21 October 2011 for talks with Uzbek officials about the forthcoming 18th Uzbek British Trade and Industry Council meeting in London next month. During his visit, Dr Booth will co-host a reception at the Residence of British Ambassador, Mr Rupert Joy, for selected Alumni of UK universities and British businessmen resident in Uzbekistan with a business theme – ‘Exploring new Uzbek British business opportunities’.
Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades on Saturday as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock.
Bands from Australia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan served up a six-hour musical feast of blues, indie, electronica and death metal to hundreds of fans, many of whom had never seen live music before.
Sound Central was something new in a deeply conservative Muslim country where music was banned under the austere Taliban regime. Even now music shops are attacked in some cities and musicians taunted for their clothes or hair.
The festival retained a distinctly Afghan accent, with alcohol banned, kebabs the only snacks and a respect for strong religious values amid the rock and roll. Continue reading →
Today, Uzbekistan celebrates its twentieth anniversary and main holiday – Independence Day.
Uzbekistan proclaimed its state independence on Aug. 31, 1991, at a special session of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic. The session adopted a Statement of the Supreme Council on the National Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The decision established September 1 as Independence Day. Subsequently, the law on the national independence of Uzbekistan set these decisions in place.
Festivities dedicated to the anniversary are traditionally held in the National Park of Uzbekistan, which was named after Alisher Navoi.
Chinese Loan for South-Yolotan-Osman gas field – The China Development Bank signed a deal to lend $4.1 billion to Turkmengaz State Concern for the second phase of the development of the South Yolotan-Osman gas field. China received more than 4 billion cubic metres (bcm) of Turkmen gas last year via a pipeline that snakes nearly 2,000 km (1,250 miles) through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan before entering China’s north-western Xinjiang region. According to reports, this loan is guaranteed by Turkmenistan’s natural gas supplies to China and is issued for 10 years. This is the second loan negotiation, followed by the initial loan in 2009 when China supplied $4 billion loan for the first phase of the South Yolotan project. President Berdymukhamedov plans to visit China in the second half of 2011 to personally seal a deal on boosting additional gas exports to China by 20 bcm a year.
Ecotourism Society Pakistan through its initiative The Region and UNWTO Silk Road office held 2-days workshop on Tailoring e.tourism for Silk Road destinations on April 10-11 for capacity building of stakeholders of Samarkand Uzbekistan at Hotel Caravan Serai. The workshop was attended by trainers of hospitality and tourism industry. First day of workshop covered issues relating Communication skills development, dealing with No Show issue, Branding the product, Tourism Management. e.tourism development techniques, Website hosting. While second day covered Tourism management during low seasons, development of festivals, International Networking and practical training of E.tourism including usage of different softwares of website development, hosting, movie making and Co-branding of products. Mr. Hasnain of Ecotourism Society Pakistan presented Branding and management of co-branding issue and inform participants how they could develop their product as Brand.