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barbecue salad – Soyug salat

barbecue salad - Soyug salat

This salad of aubergines (eggplant), peppers and tomatoes cooked on a barbecue has a delicious, smoky flavour. Although its name in Azerbaijani, soyug salat, translates as cold salad, the name barbecue salad is a better reflection of the dish. If the salad ingredients are the first food to go on …

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Saffron sherbet or syrup

Saffron sherbet or syrup

An Azerbaijani sherbet (şərbət) is a refreshing, cooling drink made from fruit, sugar and water. The word sherbet comes from the Persian sharbat, itself an adaptation of the Arabic for drink, sharab. Sherbet entered the English language as sorbet, which is now more of an iced dessert or palate cleanser …

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Baku baklava

Baku baklava

  Baklava, or pakhlava, is a sweet of pastry, nuts and honey popular across the Caucasus, Middle East and eastern Mediterranean. Azerbaijani cuisine has several varieties of baklava. Baku baklava is traditionally served at the Novruz spring holiday, together with shekerbura and gogal, but is also enjoyed throughout the year. …

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Stuffed aubergines, peppers and tomatoes

Stuffed aubergines, peppers and tomatoes

The term dolma covers a variety of stuffed vegetable dishes, widespread in the Middle East and Mediterranean area. Stuffed aubergines (eggplant), peppers and tomatoes are a very popular form of summer dolma across Azerbaijan. Usually, all three are made at the same time. As in yarpaq dolması (stuffed vine leaves), …

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Stuffed cabbage leaves | Kelem dolmasi

Kelem dolmasi - Stuffed cabbage leaves

The term dolma covers a variety of stuffed vegetable dishes, widespread in the Middle East and Mediterranean area. Cabbage dolma, or stuffed cabbage leaves, are popular all year round in Azerbaijan, but especially in winter when other vegetables are not so widely available. We give below a standard filling for …

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Herb omelette | Goyarti kukusu

Goyarti kukusu - Herb omelette

Goyarti kukusu is not just a herb omelette, it’s an omelette packed with herbs and spinach. Kuku can be made with a variety of herbs, with each combination producing a slightly different flavour. It’s a popular and easy breakfast dish and can be cooked on a hob or in the …

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Walnut and herb omelette | Qoz kukusu

Qoz kukusu - Walnut and herb omelette

Walnuts add even more flavour and texture to the herb-packed omelette, goyarti kukusu. Kuku can be made with a variety of herbs, with each combination producing a slightly different flavour. It’s a popular and easy breakfast dish and can be cooked on a hob or in the oven. Preparation time: …

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Green beans and egg | Lobya chigirtmasi

Lobya chigirtmasi - Green beans and egg

The word chigirtma (çığırtma) in the name of a dish means that it includes eggs. Runner beans, also known as string beans, are plentiful in Azerbaijan in summer and are the most commonly used type of bean in this dish. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 50 minutes Serves: 4

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Tika | lamb-kebab

Tika - lamb - kebab

Kebabs – barbecued meat, fish and vegetables – are a perennial favourite in Azerbaijan. They are an obligatory feature on special occasions, such as weddings. Azerbaijanis love to make kebabs at picnics and at their summer houses and, as is the case the world over, it is the men who …

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