Sumalak – symbolizes life

Sumalak – symbolizes life, abundance and health.

Sumalak is the festive dish of Iranian and Turkic peoples and mainly prevalent among the Persians, Pashtuns, Tajiks, Uzbeks and Azerbaijanis. It is prepared from growngrains of wheat and as a rule, during the celebration of the spring holiday Navruz. The dish boiled in a cauldron on cottonseed oil with the addition of flourtwenty-four hours, constantly stirring, so the dish will not burn. The night turns into cheerful sittings with conversation, singing and dancing. And at this time on the table it is served a variety of dishes - pilaf and kok-samsa, katlama and more.

In the morning of next day, Sumalak handed out to all who participated in the preparation. These people share it with their relatives and friends. It is believed, that the image, which will appear on the surface of Sumalak after completing, determined what would promisea New Year.It is very good for health, because it is rich in vitamins and amino acids.

There are several legends about the origin of the Sumalak, one of them:

Long ago there was a woman who had two sons. Their names were Hasan and Husan. Because she was a widow and very poor, they had very little to eat, and her sons always cried from hunger. One day, their mother became very weary of their crying, and sorrowful that she had no food to give them.

That evening, after they had gone to bed, she asked her neighbor for some wheat, and then took a pot from the cupboard into which she placed 7 stones, poured water over the stones and stirred in the flour. Her sons heard the commotion, and thought their mother was cooking something delicious to eat. Reassured that they would soon have a good meal, they became quiet, closed their eyes and fell asleep. A little later their mother also slept. When she awoke in the early hours of the morning, she saw 30 angels standing around the pot. She rubbed her eyes, and when she opened them again, she saw them licking their fingers.

In her delight, she woke up her sons. In their excitement they ran to the pot and found it filled with a most succulent porridge. From that time forth the boys were never hungry. The name of the meal was called Sumalak which, the Uzbek people say, means 30 angels.

Considering thatNavruz holiday is rooted in Zoroastrianism, and the Sumalak is their traditional dish, the more likely it makes sense to look for the origin of the Sumalak in antiquity.