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Delicious Traditional Turkmen Rice Porridge. Authentic Recipe of Shule.

Things to know about Shule Recipe

Turkmen were ethnically tribal people. Their primary source of food was meat and milk from their animals. So rice porridge, an easy and popular breakfast, is cooked in ‘Gowurdak’.  Gowurdak is melted animal fat with meat chinks. It was a technique to preserve meat when refrigerators were not a thing yet. It adds rich flavor and nutritious protein to the usual rice pudding. But it can be cooked with vegetable oil or tallow; animal fat. It’s a mildly seasoned dish, loved by both adults and kids alike. Rice porridge is common all over Turkmenistan, most people eat it for breakfast.

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Delicious Traditional Turkmen Rice Porridge. Authentic Recipe of Shule.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Şüle
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Simmering)


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 179 kcal


  • 1 tbsp Animal Fat
  • 1 pc Onion Large, diced
  • 2 pcs Tomato Medium, diced
  • 6 cups Water
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper Flake
  • 1 cup Short Grain Rice – Small Grain Rice
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  • Heat animal fat in a large pot.
  • Once it is melted, add onion and cook until softened.
  • Then add tomatoes, and cook for another minute.
  • Add water, salt, and pepper, and bring it to a boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, add rice.
  • Once it started to boil again, reduce heat and simmer cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat once rice is tender.
  • Serve while still hot.


  • You can substitute the animal fat with vegetable oil. 1 tablespoon of animal fat to 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • You can add boiled and shredded lamb or beef to it.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 3gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 309mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.02gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Shule Recipe, Şüle, Traditional Turkmen Rice Porridge
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