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Lagman Soup Recipe

Lagman is a hearty soup full of different nutritious vegetables, served with noodles and aromatic broth. It is one of the traditional dishes of Uzbekistan but also popular in some other central Asian countries like Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. You have probably tried many different soups, but Lagman is not going to be similar to them. Meat plays an essential role in this delicious food and brings it a unique fragrance you never forget. You may also find it as a watery part of Beshbarmak, another tasty Kazakh meal. However, it is considered a separate meal and cooked by many Kazakh and Uzbek households. So let’s get to know Uzbek Lagman more.

Lagman ingredients

Vegetables are the main part of Lagman, and different people use different kinds of vegetables to cook this food. So you are free to use any vegetable you prefer, like peppers, eggplants, radish, celery, etc. But you have to know that carrot, potato, tomato, onions, and garlic are common in almost every Lagman recipes. These veggies are cooked with lamb, and you are free to substitute it with beef. Uzbek noodles are the second part of Lagman and are usually handmade in a unique way of pulling the dough. Although, you do not have to make them by yourself. Different kinds of pasta like spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine can be used as Laghman noodles. But the good news is Chinese noodles are closest to the traditional homemade Uzbek noodles. So if you find them in your country, do not forget to try Uzbek Lagman soup recipe using them.

Lagman soup recipe

To cook Lagman food, first chop all the vegetables in any size you prefer. Also, cut the meat into cubic slices. Then heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Add onions and sauté them for 3 to 5 minutes until they are golden. Then add meat and cook until it starts to brown. Now stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. After that period, it is time to add all of your veggies. Add potatoes, carrots, peppers, turnips, and celeries and let them cook for some minutes. Then Pour in water, the beef broth, and seasonings. You can also add 1/8 cup rice or white vinegar if you want to make it taste a bit sour. Reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 40 minutes when all the vegetables are tender and all the flavors come together. Now our tasty Lagman soup is ready. 

Laghman noodles recipe

Do not forget Lagman noodles. While the soup is simmering, start to make noodles in another pot. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Use 8 ounces of your favorite pasta or noodles. Drain them and quickly make Laghman noodles to be served with the soup.

How to serve Lagman?

To serve Lagman, fill cooked noodles into deep bowls and add soup to them. Some people prefer to serve it with a lot of beef broth like a watery soup. While others enjoy it to be drier, full of Uzbek noodles. It is totally up to you. Mix soup with the noodles and eat in a way that you like more. Traditionally a bowl of Lagman is served with a bunch of chopped cilantro and parsley, fresh minced garlic, and fresh chili slices. Onion salad is another side dish, served with Lagman food. Chose as many as you prefer and enjoy your tasty dish.

If you prefer to serve bread with your soup, try Kazakh flatbread “Shelpek“.

Lagman Soup Recipe

Recipe by ShayanCourse: AppetizersCuisine: Uzbek, KazakhDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Lagman is a hearty soup full of different nutritious vegetables, served with noodles and aromatic broth. It is one of the traditional dishes of Uzbekistan and other central Asian countries.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lbs. lamb or beef

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 3 small potatoes, cubed

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 carrot, sliced

  • 1 medium turnip, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1-quart beef broth

  • 1/8 cup rice or white vinegar (more to taste)

  • 1 bell pepper

  • ½ cup thinly sliced celery

  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 8 cups water

  • 8 ounce noodles

Directions

  • Chop all the vegetables in any size you prefer.
  • Cut the meat into cubic slices.
  • Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Add onions and sauté them for 3 to 5 minutes until they are golden.
  • Add meat and cook until it starts to brown.
  • Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add all of your veggies. Add potatoes, carrots, peppers, turnips, and celeries and let them cook for some minutes.
  • Pour in water, the beef broth, and seasonings.
  • Add 1/8 cup rice or white vinegar if you want to make it taste a bit sour.
  • Reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 40 minutes when all the vegetables are tender and all the flavors come together.
  • While the soup is simmering, start to make noodles in another pot. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Use 8 ounces of your favorite pasta or noodles. Drain them and quickly make Laghman noodles to be served with the soup.
  • How to Serve Lagman?
  • To serve Lagman, fill cooked noodles into deep bowls and add soup to them.
  • Some people prefer to serve it with a lot of beef broth like a watery soup. While others enjoy it to be drier, full of Uzbek noodles. It is totally up to you.
  • Mix soup with the noodles and eat in a way that you like more. Enjoy your tasty dish.

Notes

  • Traditionally a bowl of Lagman is served with a bunch of chopped cilantro and parsley, fresh minced garlic, and fresh chili slices.

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