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This collection hosts videos of recipes, table etiquette, stories and legends about bakery.

Due to the nomadic lifestyle of the Kalmyks, traditional baked items and baking methods have been rather simple. For example, bulsn guir, which is a staple, is baked as follows. A piece of dough is put in a pan with butter and then covered with a lid. Then the pan is put inside a heap of red-hot dung and left until the biscuits are baked. Bortsg, traditional biscuits of various size and shapes, are fried in oil. One of the favourite dishes among the Kalmyks is bulmuk, a spoonful of dough mixed with berries and fried in butter or cream.

Recent Submissions

  • Galina Erdneeva, Bortsg 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-10-01)
  • Svetlana Orusova, bortsg biscuits and tea 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-10-01)
    In this video Svetlana shows how to make Kalmyk biscuits and tea. While cooking, she talks about various recipes and biscuit varieties. She says that dough for biscuits and tea should be mixed clock-wise. The first part ...
  • Maria Dontsova, Bakery 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-12-01)
    Maria says she often cooks Kalmyk fry breads. During Zul and Tsagan Sar she makes bortsg biscuits. When people bring her gifts (biscuits, a class of vodka or sweets), she first puts them on her domestic altar.
  • Zurgada Antonova, About Bortsg 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-08-01)
    Zurgada talks about the recipe and bortsg varieties:In the past people made bortsg biscuits according to their financial abilities. Some added milk, others water. But the most important thing was to make sure that the house ...

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