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Title: Chuchvara  
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Subject: Dushbara, Pitepalt, Dumpling, Crimean Tatar cuisine, Uzbek cuisine
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Alternative names Dushpara, tushpara, tushbera
Type Dumpling
Place of origin Uzbekistan
Main ingredients Dough (flour, eggs, water, salt), meat (other than pork)
  Media: Chuchvara

Chuchvara, dushpara, tushpara or tushbera is a very small dumpling typical of Uzbek cuisine. Made of unleavened dough squares filled with meat, it is similar to the Russian pelmeni and the Chinese wonton, but in observance of the Islamic dietary rules, the meat filling is without pork. The dough for chuchvara is made with flour, eggs, water and salt, unrolled in a layer 1—1.5 mm thick, and cut into squares. A dollop of meat filling, seasoned with chopped onions, pepper, salt and thyme, is placed at the centre of each square, and the corners are pinched and folded. Chuchvara is boiled in salt water or meat broth until the dumplings rise to the surface. Chuchvara can be served in a clear soup or on their own, with vinegar or sauce based on finely chopped greens, tomatoes and hot peppers. Another popular way of serving chuchvara is topped with syuzma (strained qatiq) or with smetana (sour cream), Russian-style.

A nearly identical dish is also found in Tajik cuisine,

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