Tajik "oshi pilav" added to the UNECO Representative List

Category: Culture, Tajik cuisine

Tajik "osh pilavi" and its social-cultural context were enlisted by the UNESCO Intangible Heritage, reports the official site of the organization.

“Osh pilavi” (Tajik plov/pilaf) considered in Tajikistan as "the king of the dishes". It is more than a traditional dish of rice and meat with different spices; the culture of its preparation and consumption unites people from various communities and layers of society. Oshi-palav is served as a daily dish and at events as an element of local customs. Knowledge and skills connected to the cooking and serving of the Tajik pilav is shared among the family members and in the culinary schools.

At the last meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage that took place in Ethiopia between November 28-December 2, 2016, UNESCO had also included Uzbek plov and the Navruz holiday that is widely celebrated in many countries including Tajikistan. In total, there were twenty new elements to have expanded the list.