- Шашлык [shashlik] n. grilled meat, typically served on sticks or skewers and prepared over hot coals; commonly found in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Russia.
To echo something I said in the last installment of Tajik Word of the Day, no trip to Tajikistan would be, could be, complete without eating шашлык. Ground lamb шашлык, known as farsh, is being prepared in a riverside park in Khujand in the photo above.
There’s a wide variety of types of шашлык, ranging from simple chunks of meats on a skewer to more elaborate, and typically fatty, concoctions. For example, roulet is a type of шашлык in which strips of lamb meat are rolled together with strips of lamb fat to form little swirls, which are then skewered and grilled. Yum, lipids. Шашлык also comes in a wide variety of different meats. Lamb and beef are the most common here in Dushanbe, but I absolutely loved the yak шашлык I had in a re-purposed storage container in the Murghab bazaar.
As you can see, no stick of шашлык is complete without a pile of raw onions on top. A liberal dousing with vinegar is also a must, at least for me.
Is it wrong that one of the things I’ll miss about Tajikistan is the шашлык?