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Uzbek Cooking with Damira: Immersion Workshop

Embark on a cultural and culinary adventure with Damira as she opens the doors to her Uzbek heritage. From savory stuffed pastries to aromatic lamb stew, immerse yourself in the rich flavors and traditions of Samarkand. Let Damira's storytelling and expertise guide you through this immersive workshop, leaving you inspired to recreate these rustic dishes and share the warmth of Uzbek hospitality with your own family and friends.

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  • 11 and older
  • $195
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  • Detailed directions, Brooklyn, NY
  • 4 hours & 30 minutes
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What you'll learn in this international cooking class:

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. For Damira, food, family and culture are inseparable. She fell in love with cooking as a child on her grandmother’s farm, helping to prepare meals for her large family (including 33 grandchildren!).

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. You’ll leave Damira’s home inspired to share her stories and cook her food, which we’ll make easy with a packet of recipes and a shopping guide to her favorite markets.


  • Bichak (Stuffed Spinach Pastry)
    • Handmade savory, flaky pastry dough stuffed with sauteed baby spinach, sourcress, onion, and herbs.
  • Salat Bahor (Spring Salad)
    • A fresh, crunchy salad of shredded cabbage, cucumbers, dill, and garlic, tossed with a gentle apple cider vinegar dressing.
  • Bodiring Salat (Cucumber and Potato Salad)
    • A bright salad of diced cucumbers and diced boiled potatoes mixed with garlic, oil, and fresh dill.
  • Tuy Kabob (Lamb Stew)
    • Cumin-rubbed lamb simmered until tender in an onion and tomato broth.
  • Kulcha Uynoni (Homemade Small Bread)
    • Beautifully decorated individual rounds of yeasted bread, traditionally made to accompany tuy kabob (lamb stew).

All Immersion workshops include a light lunch and beverage, 3 hours of hands-on cooking instruction, a full dinner, a recipe packet, and a shopping guide.

Refund Policy

  • If you cancel 13 business days before your workshop you will receive a full credit, which you can apply to another workshop.
  • After that, you may send someone else in your place (we ask you to notify us in advance if you're doing this).
In the rare event that an instructor needs to cancel last minute, students will receive a refund. We do not otherwise offer refunds.

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