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Quymaq | Flour and butter pudding

Quymaq - Flour and butter pudding
Quymaq is a rich Azerbaijani dessert, high in calories, made from the simplest of ingredients – flour, clarified butter and water.

It is traditionally given to mothers who have just given birth and to patients after surgery to keep their strength up. Cinnamon adds a pleasant flavour to quymag and turmeric can be added too. Quymaq should be served hot.

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Serves: 3-4


  • 6 tbsp wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp clarified butter
  • 2 glasses of water
  • pinch of turmeric
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • sugar to taste


  • Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan and add the flour. Mix well over a medium flame until all the flour has been absorbed by the butter. Keep stirring to prevent the flour from forming lumps. The mixture should be a smooth paste, as in a roux for sauces. Add the salt and a pinch of turmeric (optional). Cook until the mixture turns a golden colour. This usually takes around 8-10 minutes.
  • Bring the water to the boil while the flour is still cooking.
  • Add the boiling water gradually to the flour and butter, stirring rapidly all the time to prevent lumps from forming. The flour and water must be blended fully.
  • Cook on a low heat for 40 minutes to 1 hour until a crust forms at the bottom. Some of the fat will seep out at the top of the quymaq as it cooks.
  • Serve the quymaq hot on saucers or plates. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or a drizzle of honey.
  • The crust can be scraped from the bottom of the pan and is very tasty sprinkled with sugar.

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