During World War II, tens of thousands of people living in central Russia were evacuated to Tashkent and other Central Asian cities. Housewives had to adapt to unfamiliar ingredients and recipes. It was there that residents of central Russia learned how to prepare Central Asian plov and manty (dumplings). These dishes later became just as popular in Moscow as pelmeni and pirogi with cabbage. Culinary horizons broadened, and the standard Moscow menu gradually expanded to include khachapuri, shashlyk, plov, kharcho, lobio, vareniki, draniki, zucchini spread, and other dishes from the Soviet republics.