Sumalak

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Families Cook Sumalak Outside
Families Cook Sumalak Outside

Sumalak is a type of food from Uzbekistan. Sumalak is really sweet. Sumalak (a wheat bran pudding) is a dish cooked exclusively for the spring festival of Navruz. It is an important holiday for us because it’s a holiday from Uzbekistan. My Mom does not forget it. She celebrates the holiday by inviting people over and then they eat the food they cook. She celebrates just a few holidays and this is one of them. Sumalak is a dessert people enjoy after eating their regular meal. People eat Sumalak in the morning after eating the morning food.  My Mom cooks Sumalak once a year which is on March 21st. This holiday is actually celebrated for several days, with the first day, March 21, being the main day. Sumalak is very tasty and according to research (which I looked up) it also increases energy and strength. The tradition in Uzbekistan during the cold months people lose a lot of strength and this dish eaten during the month of March is considered very important to restore people's energy. People in my country have been cooking this dish for centuries and the recipes can vary region by region. Usually it is cooked by older women in the family and it takes all night long to cook. In Uzbekistan Sumalak is eaten by everyone and in America our family continues with this tradition.

Place(s): Uzbekistan

– JA

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