About this collection

Orm (double cream), tosn (butter), shar tosn (melted butter), eezgya (cheese from sheep milk) and targ (fermented milk drink) are the most popular dairy products. Along with milk and milk vodka, these dairy products are collectively referred to as tsagan idyan (white products). Since 'white products' are considered sacred, they are widely used in various rituals as well.

For jomba (Kalmyk tea with milk), chigyan and targ (fermented milk drinks) see Beverages collection.

Recent Submissions

  • Boba Kokueva, How to make bulmg 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2018-11-01)
  • Tseren Badaev, about traditional diet 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2019-05-11)
    Tseren says that in his childhood the Kalmyks usually ate meat and dairy products, including aadmg and shuurming. From chigyan people distilled vodka. Since there were no refrigerators, people dried meat for storage. Meat ...
  • Viktor Sandzhiev, about traditional dishes 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2019-06-16)
    Viktor talks about dishes that his grandmother used to make, including Kalmyk tea with sheep ribs, shuurmg, bulmg (a dish made by mixing flour with sugar and butter) and tyuntg (dumplings filled with mutton fat).
  • Alena Lidzhieva, about milk 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-08-01)
    After milking milk should be poured into a bucket and then covered with a lid, because it is forbidden to expose milk to the night sky (i.e. expose what is white to what is black). After dark it is also forbidden to give ...

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