Dimlama Recipe + Video Tutorial


Dimlama is an Uzbek stew made with various combinations of meat, potatoes, onions, vegetables, and sometimes fruits. Meat and vegetables are cut into large pieces and placed in layers in a tightly sealed pot to simmer slowly in their own juices. Vegetables for dimlama may include, in addition to potatoes and onions, also carrots, cabbage, eggplants, tomatoes, sweet peppers, spiced with garlic and a variety of herbs and condiments. Dimlama is usually cooked during spring and summer when there is a wide choice of vegetables. It is served on a large plate and eaten with spoon. I am going to share the recipe my father used to prepare this delicious dish.


  • 2.5 lb diced 1.5-3 cm beef (choose one with white fat parts in it, uzbek traditional dish use lamb for dimlama)
  • 5 finely sliced medium onions
  • 4 0.4-0.5 cm sliced medium carrots
  • 6 diced (4cm) medium potatoes
  • 1 small cabbage
  • 5 peeled and sliced tomatoes
  • 1 sliced 0.5 cm and cut 2-3 cm turnip
  • 3 medium or 2 big sliced as 1 cm width and 5 cm length pieces bell peppers (red and green)
  • 1 peeled, sliced quince (can be substituted by apple)
  • 1 beet (optional)
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1.5 Tbsp butter
  • 1.25 Tbsp salt, pepper, cumin seed


  1. The best dish for preparing dimlama is cauldron with a flat bottom with volume 5L. Smear the bottom with 1.5 Tbsp butter
  2. Spread 1/3 part of sliced onions on bottom
  3. Select most fatty pieces of meat- the half of all meat. Spread them on top of onions with the fatty part on the bottom
  4. Spread the next 1/3 part of onions on top
  5. Add 0.5 tsp of salt, pepper if you want and cumin seed
  6. Spread carrots on top
  7. Spread half of tomatoes on top
  8. Add turnips on the next layer
  9. Salt the layer. Add pepper, cumin seed. (see ingredients for the whole amount of salt in dish, divide accordingly)
  10. Add bell pepper on top
  11. If you want you can add sliced beet, it will change the color of the dish
  12. Add the layer of the rest meat and onions on top
  13. Salt, pepper, cumin
  14. Add the layer of potatoes
  15. Add the rest of tomatoes on top
  16. Salt layer
  17. Add quince layer
  18. Add garlic cloves
  19. Cover the top with cabbage leaves so there is no space for steam
  20. Cover cauldron with lit. Put on low heat. After 5 mins increase heat till medium. Onion and meat begin exuding, liquid evaporates, steam heats higher layers making them to exude, liquid flows down and process is repeated again.
  21. After 15-20 you can hear boiling sound at the bottom and the lit will be hot. If cauldron is hot but there is no boiling sound, meaning that meat and onions are not exuding for some reasons add couple of spoons of water.
  22. The dish is stewed for 2 hours. Check periodically in case liquid evaporates to add water. But usually it is ok without additional water.
  23. Serve prepared dish in large plate with high sides, as it consistency looks like soup. Put cabbage leaves at the bottom of dish side. Put the rest on plate, you can mix everything in cauldron or put as it is. Pour with liquid on top. Eat with spoons.
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