Tajik Cuisine - Beverages

The favorite drink of Tajiks is green tea. Tea drinking has become a ritual there. No guests reception, meeting of friends or a conversation can do without a pialah of this hot beverage. Even a dinner starts with tea. Tea pialahs are brought in on trays.

In Tajikistan they drink green tea basically in summer; in winter black tea is preferred everywhere. By the way, in Central Asia they do not put sugar in tea.

Among other characteristic drinks served are sherbets - fruit drinks with sugar. Tea with milk is called "shirchai".

Shirchoi (tea) Tajiks put tea in boiling water; then they add boiled milk and brew it to boiling point. After that they add butter and salt.