Damira hails from Samarkand, the crossroads of East and West, and a city whose inhabitants are known for their warm and generous hospitality. You’ll appreciate this reputation as soon as Damira welcomes you into her home with a hot cup of green tea and an assortment of homemade traditional snacks, which could include pastries filled with meat and vegetables, freshly baked cinnamon or lemon cakes, and dried fruit from Uzbekistan.
Damira’s love of history and storytelling will shine as she teaches you to use traditional Uzbek cooking tools and explains the origins of her rustic, flavorful dishes. A retired cardiologist, Damira will also share the health benefits of the fresh herbs, vegetables, and spices that color her cooking. An occasional numerologist and tarot card enthusiast, Damira might even tell your fortune.
During your workshop, Damira will teach you how to make mashhurda (a comforting, home-style mung bean and vegetable soup), pumpkin sambusa (a baked triangular pie filled with cumin-scented butternut squash), and radish salad (a cold radish, yogurt, and garlic salad tossed with dill and cilantro).
You’ll leave Damira’s home inspired to share her stories and cook her food, which we’ll make easy with a packet of Damina’s family recipes and a shopping guide to her favorite markets.