Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Created: 2015-03-29 12:48
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Kalmyk tea, jomba or ustya tsya is cooked by adding milk, butter, salt, and nutmeg powder to water. In fact, there is more than one way of cooking this tea. It is possible to mix it with fried flour (this tea is called khuursn tsya), mutton (makhta tsya), and finely chopped sheep fat (shuurgta tsya). Such nutritious tea, which resembles soup, not only quenches thirst but also gives extra energy and warmth in the cold. Another popular drink is chigyan, which can be made from the milk of a mare (gunya chigyan), a camel (temyanya chigyan) or a cow (ukrya chigyan). As it is produced from a liquid starter culture and contains more sugar, mare’s milk chigyan, also known in Central Asia as kumis, has a higher alcohol content compared with those made from cow’s or camel’s milk. Targ, another fermented milk drink, is prepared on a slow fire for several hours. It has thick texture and is sour-ish by taste. The traditional alcoholic drink yark is made from sheep’s milk. Milk vodka can be distilled four times which increases its alcohol content. In the first distillation it is called yark, in the second – arz, in the third – khorz and finally in the fourth – borz.
 

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Anatoliy Safinov, Vodka

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When Anatoliy was young his mother used to make milk vodka. First, milk was left to turn sour in order to make chigyan. Then the chigyan was poured into a pot. The pot was covered...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 23 Aug 2017


Anna Mandzhieva, About Kalmyk Tea

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Anna recounts a legend about the Kalmyk tea that she heard from her mother-in-law.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 15 Jun 2015


Anna Shurguchinova, Maria Mudzhikova, A Well Wish to the Person Who Made the Tea

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This is Anna’s story: During matsg odr, a fasting day, Buddhist practitioners take a vow not to eat meat, eggs or fish, as well as not to consume alcohol and other intoxicators....

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 10 Jun 2018


Antonina Boskhandjieva, About Jomba

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In this video Antonina makes Kalmyk tea called jomba. It is a salty, green tea with milk, butter, and nutmeg. While it is boiling, Kalmyk tea has to be stirred periodically by...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 23 Apr 2015


Badma Amulakova, Tea Blocks

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Badma talks about tea blocks and how to make Kalmyk tea.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 2 Jan 2017


Bembya Fedorov, Three Legends About Kalmyk Tea

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Legend One. Kalmyk tea is a present from gods to the Kalmyk people. In the past, the Kalmyks drank kumis, cow milk and spring water only. One day god in the form of an old man...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 30 Jan 2017


Bulya Nyudeeva, Milk Vodka

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Bulya reminisces about how people produced milk vodka.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sat 16 May 2015


Bulyash Chumudova, About Milk Vodka

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Bulyash talks about how she made milk vodka in her youth.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 16 Jun 2015


Galina Suikieva, How to Distill Milk Vodka

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Galina recalls how people made milk vodka in the past.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 10 Aug 2017


Konstantin Naktanov, About Milk or Tea Sprinkling in Kalmyk Culture

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Konstantin talks about a ritual of sprinkling tea or milk as an offering to gods and ancestors.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 14 Jun 2016


Maria Kamandzhaeva, Tea Ceremony

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Maria talks about Kalmyk tea, its recipe, and related rituals and beliefs.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 25 Aug 2016


Maria Lidzhigoryaeva, Kalmyk Tea with Fried Flour

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Maria says that fried flour can be added not only to white tea (i.e. tea with milk) but also to black tea as well. She contends that tea mixed with fried flour is very...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 11 Aug 2016


Maya Karueva, Kalmyk Tea

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Maya gives a tea recipe and talks about ceremonies, beliefs, and legends related to Kalmyk tea.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 5 Apr 2018


Nadvid Ubushiev, Legends About Alcohol

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Nadvid recounts two legends, one about the origin of vodka, and the other about why Chingis Khan banned and then approved vodka.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 3 Jun 2015


Sofya Olzeeva, Kalmyk Tea

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Sofya talks about tea making recipes, a ritual of sprinkling tea (tsatsl), and tea drinking among the Kalmyks.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL CUISINE/BEVERAGES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 5 Apr 2018


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