• n. A green rice pilaf that Bukharian Jews make, especially for Friday-night dinner.

Example Sentences

  • "My mom’s making bakhsh tonight; you should come!"

Languages of Origin

  • Bukharian


  • Bakhsh from the verb “bakhshidan” meaning to forgive, to grant, or to dismiss. One story tells of travelers in Central Asia with different ingredients for the rice dish who bumped into one another and mixed their bags up and when they said “I’m sorry, forgive me,” they said “Mebakhshed,” meaning, “forgive me.”

    • Who Uses This

      • Bukharian: Jews with ancestry in Central Asia, such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      baxsh, bachsh, baksh, bahsh


  • The word can also be called OSHI BAKHSH meaning “bakhsh pilaf.” Traditionally made in a bag or in a pot. The dish is made green by bunches of cilantro and other greens added to the recipe. Meat, onions, oil, and rice are also staple ingredients, along with spices. Others may add spinach or dill. See more here.

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