Ramadan recipe of the day: Central Asian delicacy, Uzbek Lagman

The easy-to-make noodle soup is served widely during iftar in Uzbekistan


Nasreen Abdulla

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Published: Thu 30 Mar 2023, 5:28 PM

Soups are an integral part of iftar during Ramadan. It nourishes quickly and packs a punch with carbs, proteins and spices mixed together, giving a quick boost of energy after a whole day of fasting. The Central Asia dish Lagman is a tasty and easy-to-make noodle soup served widely during iftar in Uzbekistan.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 300 grams beef, cut into strips
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 carrot, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • 8 cups of stock or water
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 500 gms of thin noodles or spaghetti
  • Salt to taste


Heat oil and sauté onions in hot oil until golden brown. Stir in the beef strips, cumin, and black pepper and cook until beef is browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add in carrots, bell pepper and potatoes leaving a 2 minute gap between each vegetable. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour in water or stock and bring to a boil. Season with salt and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the soup until the potatoes are cooked. This takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Stir in half the parsley and the garlic into the soup. Simmer an additional 10 minutes.

Cook noodles/ pasts according to the instructions on the pack until al dente. Serve the noodles in bowls and pour the hot soup over it. Serve it with a garnishing of parsley.


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