Kyrgyz Cuisine: Laghman

  October 16, 2021   Read time 2 min
Kyrgyz Cuisine: Laghman
Kyrgyzstan laghman is a one pot meal.  It is very popular and for good reason, it is simple and delicious. They are very good at letting the flavors of the meat and vegetables shine through, without a bunch of spices. It is a refreshing way to enjoy a meal.

One of the stars of the dish are the homemade pulled noodles. They were so much fun to make, they came out perfectly. What a treat to have homemade noodles. It consists of thick noodles made by stretching a very simple flour dough. These are then covered with chopped peppers and other vegetables and served in a spicy vinegar sauce.


For the noodles
flour 3 ½ cups
water 9 cups
eggs 2
oil 2 tbsp.
salt 2 tbsp.
For the Broth
beef chuck (julienned) ½ lb.
oil ½ tbsp.
medium onion (diced) 1
green bell pepper (cut into 1 inch thick strips) 1
medium carrot (thinly julienned) 1
small potatoes (peeled and cubed) 3
cloves garlic (chopped) 3
medium tomato (thinly sliced) 1
tomato paste 1 tsp.
black pepper ½ tsp.
ground cumin 1 tsp.
glasses water 8
salt 2 tsp.

Directions for Preparing Laghman

Directions for Preparing the noodles

  1. Warm one cup of water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, warm water, eggs and salt.
  3. Knead for twenty (0:20) minutes into a springy ball of dough.
  4. Let the dough rest in a covered container for twenty (0:20) minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into halves.
  6. Roll out each piece of dough with a rolling pin into a flat circle.
  7. Roll the dough into a tube by rolling it over the rolling pin.
  8. Slide the rolling pin out of the tube and slice the tube horizontally into half inch cuts.
  9. Loosen the strips into long noodles.
  10. Pour the rest of the water in a large saucepan, add a little salt and let simmer.
  11. Boil the noodles for three (0:03) minutes, then drain and rinse in cold water.
  12. Add the oil to the noodles and mix well to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other.
  13. Place the noodles into serving bowls.

Directions for Preparing the Broth

  1. Preheat a big wok on high heat, then add the oil.
  2. Stir-fry the beef in the oil until brown.
  3. Add the onions to the wok.
  4. Add the black pepper, salt and cumin, then stir together evenly.
  5. Add the tomato paste and slices, along with half of the chopped garlic.
  6. Cook until the tomatoes are tender.
  7. Add the remaining vegetables and stir-fry for about four (0:04) minutes, stirring continuously.
  8. Add the water and reduce the heat.
  9. Allow the broth to simmer for twenty (0:20) minutes, then add the remaining garlic.
  10. Let the soup simmer for an additional twenty (0:20) minutes, then turn off the heat.
  11. Pour some of the broth, meat and vegetables over the cooked noodles, then serve.