Lore:Khajiit Cuisine

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Known for their love of sweets, the Khajiit enjoy a wide array of specialty dishes and desserts. Many of the meals eaten by nomadic clans are cooked over a campfire.[1]:11 They use moon sugar, a sweet, white powdery substance,[2] as a spice in many of their meals.[3] As a result, much of their cuisine is very sweet.[4] They consume moon-sugar in one form or another every day.[5]:178 They use so much moon sugar in their cooking that they've developed a tolerance to amounts that would prove fatal to other races.[1]:11 Many people from other cultures can't stomach the sweetness,[6] and some Khajiiti fare is dangerous for outsiders to consume.[5]:178

This love of moon-sugar has given them a sweet tooth; candies, cakes, puddings, and sugar-meats are the staples of the Khajiit diet, each generously enriched with moon-sugar. This relationship between religion and cultural practice goes deeper than appearances suggest. According to legend, the Khajiit and their deities are bound by the Lunar Lattice, no less than the famed Liminal Barriers (the tendency of Mundus to remain discrete from the Sea of Oblivion and the force that keeps the Daedra out of Nirn). In this way, the Khajiit, moon-sugar, Lorkhan's moons, Lorkhan's Heart, and the White Gold Tower are all related, as all play a part in shaping the fundamental structure of the mortal plane.[7][8]

Some nomadic clans partake in a ritual before eating with guests. The first meal is cake, which is round in shape, and laid down on a cloth at each participants' spot. The server sets each individual place at the dining area with a platter of cakes, a stack of cloths, and a pitcher of golden liquid. They set down a cloth, put a cake on the cloth, sprinkle the cake with moon-sugar, then let exactly four drops of liquid drip onto the dusted cake. This is repeated exactly for each participant. Then, everybody introduces themselves.[5]:177 When the last person's name is given, the Khajiit first lick their cakes, then eat them. Non-Khajiit can simply touch the cake to their mouth without eating it, as these cakes contain moon-sugar. Touching the cake to one's mouth satisfies the spirit of the ceremony.[5]:178 Those who eat cake with a Khajiiti clan are considered friends for the time being. They may offer strangers protection the day the cake is eaten, but the next time they meet, they have no obligation to be friendly.[5]:180

The Baandari use specific tools to bast their meats repeatedly in moon-sugar syrup.[9] Moon-sugar spoons are very large, as the Khajiit believe it is best partaken in generous portions.[10]

Baked Goods[edit]

Name Description Image
Banana Bread Bread made from bananas.[11]
Beef Pasty A hand pie filled with beef and other ingredients cooked in pastry. In Riverhold the locals use a filling consisting of beef, tomato, and radish.[12]
Meat Pie A succulent, sweet meat pie. Likened to cake by a visiting Nord envoy to Elsweyr during the Alliance War.[4]
Fish Cakes Small cakes made with fish that pair well with Topal Bay seasoning.[13]
Raisin Cookies Flour cookies baked with raisins.[14]
Sugar Claws A moon sugar heavy pastry enjoyed during the New Life Festival. It is made with flour, honey, and corn.[15]

Desserts[edit]

Name Description Image
Pudding Often spiced with moon-sugar.[16]
Honey Pudding This pudding was introduced to Skyrim at some point, where it evolved to rescind the use of moon-sugar. In Elsweyr, the Khajiit have no such restrictions on spice.[1]:143
Moon Candy A delectable sweet made from moon-sugar.[16]
Sweet Gnocchi A flour and potato dumpling sweetened with grapes.[17]
Sweet Roll The Khajiit use moon-sugar to make icing for their sweet rolls.[16]

Fruit and Vegetable Dishes[edit]

Name Description Image
Banana Pilaf A rice dish that incorporates bananas.[18]
Bananas in Moon-Sugar Syrup Bananas served in a sweet moon sugar syrup.[19]
Carrots in Moonsugar Glaze Often found cooking over the fires of Khajiit traders in their camps.[1]:43
Corn Fritters Fried snacks of corn coated in flour batter. In Elsweyr, grapes are also used in the recipe.[20]
Garlic Apple Jelly A sweet and savory jelly made from garlic and apples.[21]
Millet-Carrot Couscous Steamed millet with carrots.[22]
Spanakopita A savory pie filled with spinach and cheese. The Khajiit sometimes add apples to the recipe.[23]
Root Vegetables Khajiiti dish common in the province of Elsweyr.[24]
Root Vegetables
Hearty Noodles Khajiiti dish common in the province of Elsweyr.[25]
Hearty Noodles
Rice Khajiiti dish common in the province of Elsweyr.[26] In Pellitine, rice is sometimes cooked together with tomato.[27]
Rice

Meat and Animal Products[edit]

Name Description Image
Banana-Bunny Hash Hash made from bananas and the meat of rabbits.[28]
Corned Beef Beef that has been cured with salt. In Corinthe, bananas and corn are used in the process.[29]
Curried Fish and Rice Fish and rice curry is often served in Senchal.[30]
Elsweyr Fondue Fondue (melted cheese) produced by the Khajiit. This is one of their more savory recipes, but some Khajiit prefer to include moon-sugar.[1]:117
Elsweyr Fondue
Lizard The Khajiit eat crunchy little nuggets made from lizard innards by the handful. Available in some Anequine taverns.[4]
Sweet-Glazed Fish Bits Bits of fish tossed with moon-sugar and stir-fried to a crispy crunch. Makes a nice afternoon snack.[4]
Sweet-Stuffed Duck Duck filled with a sweet stuffing of bananas and cheese.[31]
Sugared Cuttlefish Sugared Cuttlefish is Khajiit dish that was banned from being served during Serpent's Glory festivities under the Article 4, Addendum 1 of the Treaty of Khenarthi's Roost.[32]
Whole Roasted Chicken Khajiiti dish common in the province of Elsweyr.[33]
Whole Roasted Chicken
Roasted Chicken Pieces Khajiiti dish common in the province of Elsweyr.[34]
Roasted Chicken Pieces
Roast Kagouti Kagouti meat roasted. In Corinthe it is served with apples and millet.[35]

Soups and Stews[edit]

Name Description Image
Baandari Mutton Stew Made from mutton, onion, stock, tomatoes, and potatoes.[36]
Honey and Date Stew Stew made with honey and dates. It is usually not made with moon-sugar, and is thus safe for consumption by non-Khajiit.[5]:178
Sweet Stew Khajiiti dish common in the province of Elsweyr.[37]
Sweet Stew

Drinks[edit]

Name Description Image
Agony Pale Ale A light barley ale brewed with lotus flowers and yerba mate.[38]
Anequina Stout A barley stout beer brewed with bittergreen and lemon flavoring.[39]
Comberry Cordial A beverage made with comberries and clarified with isinglass before drinking.[40]
Dancer Tonic A tonic made from jasmine and yerba mate that is clarified with isinglass. It is popular in Senchal[41]
Dark Moons Spiced Whiskey A distilled alcoholic beverage that burns on the way down. Unlike most Khajiiti fare, spiced whiskey is not sweet.[4]
Honey Rum Yeast brewed rum sweetened with honey.[42]
Khenarthi's Wings Chai A Khajiiti Chai tea made from jasmine leaves that is often sweetened with honey.[43]
Mint Tea Khajjit often sweeten simple mint tea with honey to satisfy their sweet tooth.[44]
Sour Bock A strong sour wheat beer brewed with lemon.[45]
Spiced Warm Milk Milk warmed over a fire with spices and moon-sugar. Generally consumed right before bed.[1]:177
Cane Mead Khajiiti alcoholic beverage common in the province of Elsweyr.[46]
Cane Mead

Spices[edit]

Matcha
Saffron
Turmeric
Moonsugar

The Khajiit use a variety of spices in their cooking, including:

  • Matcha
  • Moonsugar
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric

Gallery[edit]

Food[edit]

Dishes and Cookware[edit]

Chefs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook — Chelsea Monroe-Cassel
  2. ^ Juranda-ra's dialogue during A Pinch of Sugar in ESO
  3. ^ Malira's dialogue in ESO
  4. ^ a b c d e Cat FoodRigurt the Brash
  5. ^ a b c d e f Keyes, Greg. The Infernal City. Del Rey Books, 2009.
  6. ^ Inspector Tarma's dialogue during a conversation with Clanmother Juranda-ra after A Pinch of Sugar in ESO
  7. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr ConfederacyImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  8. ^ Before the Ages of ManAicantar of Shimerene
  9. ^ Baandari Moon-Sugar Basters item description in ESO
  10. ^ Moon-Sugar Spoon item description in ESO
  11. ^ Mistral Banana Bread recipe in ESO
  12. ^ Ultimate Riverhold Beef Pasty recipe in ESO
  13. ^ Purari's dialogue in ESO: Dragonhold
  14. ^ Rimmen Raisin Cookies recipe in ESO
  15. ^ Rajhin's Sugar Claws recipe in ESO
  16. ^ a b c SugarbellyAzmu-ra
  17. ^ Sweet Dune Gnocchi recipe in ESO
  18. ^ Clan Mother's Banana Pilaf recipe in ESO
  19. ^ Bananas in Moon-Sugar Syrup recipe in ESO
  20. ^ Elsweyr Corn Fritters recipe in ESO
  21. ^ Orcrest Garlic Apple Jelly recipe in ESO
  22. ^ Tenmar Millet-Carrot Couscous recipe in ESO
  23. ^ Khajiiti Apple Spanakopita recipe in ESO
  24. ^ Elsweyr Meal, Root Vegetables in ESO: Elsweyr
  25. ^ Elsweyr Meal, Hearty Noodles in ESO: Elsweyr
  26. ^ Elsweyr Cup of Rice, Gilded in ESO: Elsweyr
  27. ^ Pellitine Tomato Rice recipe in ESO
  28. ^ Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash recipe in ESO
  29. ^ Corinthe Corn Beef recipe in ESO
  30. ^ Senchal Curry Fish and Rice recipe in ESO
  31. ^ Khajiiti Sweet-Stuffed Duck recipe in ESO
  32. ^ Treaty of Khenarthi's Roost
  33. ^ Elsweyr Meal, Whole Roasted Chicken in ESO: Elsweyr
  34. ^ Elsweyr Meal, Roasted Chicken Pieces in ESO: Elsweyr
  35. ^ Corinthean Roast Kagouti recipe in ESO
  36. ^ Baandari Mutton Stew
  37. ^ Elsweyr Meal, Sweet Stew in ESO: Elsweyr
  38. ^ Orcrest Agony Pale Ale recipe in ESO
  39. ^ Anequina Stout recipe in ESO
  40. ^ Clan Mother's Cordial recipe in ESO
  41. ^ Senchal Dancer Tonic
  42. ^ Alabaster Honey Rum recipe in ESO
  43. ^ Khenarthi's Wings Chai recipe in ESO
  44. ^ Torval Mint Tea recipe in ESO
  45. ^ Rimmen Sour Bock recipe in ESO
  46. ^ Elsweyr Winerack, Cane Mead in ESO: Elsweyr