Traditional Azerbaijan food is something that you will not forget in a hurry. With culinary traditions that go back centuries and influences from Iran, Turkey and the Mediterranean, recipes have been passed down from generations. It would appear that deliciousness is indeed something you can expect when you sit down to eat in restaurants in Azerbaijan.
Whether it’s the Plov, which brings together aromatic saffron-tinted rice with spices, fried meat and vegetables, or Kebabs, where meat and vegetables are seasoned, skewered and barbecued, you’re taste buds are going to thank you immensely. Other tasty dishes here include the Kufta Bozbash, where meatballs are boiled in an appetising broth with potatoes, peas and mutton bones. If you’re familiar with Mediterranean food, you would of course know all about Dolma in which minced lamb meat and rice is wrapped in vine or cabbage leaves and cooked. Here is some Azerbaijan food you should surely not miss when you’re in the country.
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Dushbara are dumplings, small balls of dough stuffed with minced meat, tomatoes, and onions served in a lamb broth.
This is a sort of yoghurt soup fortified with rice, chickpeas and herbs. It can be enjoyed warm or cold.
This is a form of savoury pancake that is filled with either meat, cheese or spinach. This lip-smacking dish is often eaten with a yoghurt sauce.
Fish or chicken is stuffed with walnuts, dry fruit and onions and it is then roasted. The result is a delicious combination of flavours.
If you have a sweet tooth, you will appreciate this sugary dessert made with hazelnuts, walnuts, butter, sugar and rice flour which is prepared only in the town of Sheki.