Nasi Bukhara by Nurul Izzah Catering

Bukhari Rice is an aromatic and flavorful Middle Eastern rice dish that features numerous spices to evoke its namesake–the Silk Road city of Bukhara.

A very popular recipe in the Middle East, especially loved in the Gulf countries, Bukhari Rice is an aromatic and flavorful rice dish that features numerous spices and has an interesting origin.

This dish gets its name from the famous city of Bukhara, a formerly prominent outpost on the fabled Silk Road which traversed the entire Asian continent for centuries. In reality, there wasn’t just one Silk Road, rather there multiple economic and cultural trade routes that were all effective in linking the cultures of East and West and everything in between. The Silk Road was, in fact, one of the most important channels in the distribution of spices. As the terminus of the route, the Middle East was flush with spices ready to be shipped and traded further afield. This dish reflects the spices one could have found among the famed Silk Road.

This rice has a wonderful fragrance, a complex taste, and a lovely color (due to the shredded carrots). This dish is best enjoyed with a chopped salad, vegan yogurt, or as an accompaniment to bean or tofu dishes. Don’t forget to toast some nuts for sprinkling on top. In this case, almonds are my favorite. Simply sauté them with a couple teaspoons of oil in a small saucepan while stirring constantly until golden.

 

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