AN EXEMPLARY MELTING POT OF CUISINE
Mongolia is a land of vast, unspoiled wilderness, for a long term known as the ‘end of the earth’. A country where 30% of the population live in nomadic tribes, from the mountains of the north to the Gobi Desert’s “Singing Sands” in the south. Mongolian foods are simple and full of a variety of meats including mutton, beef, camel, horse, sheep even marmot. There are some Mongolian cuisines accompanied including meat with vegetables, noodles, rice, and pasta. People mainly eat sheep and goat meat but not much beef, camel, pork, and horse meat.
Mongolian people consume a lot of milk tea, wild fruit juice, and homemade alcohol drinks. A variety of dairy products are bread and butter for breakfast and snacks throughout the day. For breakfast and lunch, locals always have pastry and fried bread. Mongolian cuisine predominantly consists of dairy products, meat, and animal fats. The most common rural dish is cooked mutton. In the city, steamed dumplings filled with meat—”buuz”— are popular.
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Mongolian cuisine can be found in China’s Mongol Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia and in other northern Chinese provinces, as far east as Beijing. Mongolian cuisine is mainly derived from the traditions of ethnic Mongols. It is a blend of their nomadic diet and influences from northern China and Russia. Mongolian cuisine is characterized by a variety of meat, including beef, mutton, deer, ostrich almost all kinds of meat on the grasslands, mixed with Mongolian characteristics of seasoning spices, the unique cooking method makes beef more unique in flavour. Shamanistic Mongols worship the good 55 heavens once a year by worshipping a sacred mountain or an Ovoo. During the ceremony of Ovoo worship, shamans offer fire and food to the spirits of the mountains and of the waters. Once a year shamans perform a special ritual to abuse the bad heavens.
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Here are a few popular recipes from the cuisine of Mongolia for us to relish:
Recipe-1] Mongolian Bansh – Dumplings
Recipe-2] Mongolian Style Tsuvian – Stir-Fried Noodles
Recipe-3] Mongolian Style Lamb Stir Fry
Recipe-4] Gambir – Mongolian Style Fried Pancakes
Recipe-5] Fish Curry Mongolian Style
Recipe-6] Mongolian Fried Rice
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.