Achichuk Bukharian Salad

Today’s Word Prompt is GLORIOUS. I am repeating this simple salad made delicious by lots of GLORIOUS DILL and some glorious history of people largely forgotten.


At any Bukharian table, the first course you are served will be a plethora of salads. Some of them, you will be told, are Korean, such as kimchi or spicy carrot salad, but what you might not realize is that most of those bear Russian names. A tourist commented on Tripadvisor that it was strange to hear ethnic Koreans speaking Russian in Bukhara and Samarkand. It is even more strange for me to see a traditional Uzbeki / Bucharian round flat bread non called lepyoshka, or a Korean spicy carrot salad labeled markovka – both are Russian translations. This mystery is resolved very simply: Stalin’s great “ethnic cleansing” which started the moment he came to power in 1926 and culminated in 1937, the year of the purges, with massive deportation of the entire ethnic groups to far regions as “non-reliable.” Koreans, who mostly lived in Russia in Ukraine since…

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Gary says:

    Yummi! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gary; I am so glad you like it!


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