Gastronomic tour in Baku: what to TRY in AZERBAIJAN

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The variety of dishes of Azerbaijani cuisine is striking in its scale. They are prepared from poultry, fish, meat, dairy products, various vegetables and fruits. Spicy spices and fresh herbs give the dishes a special flavor and zest. If you are lucky enough to visit Baku, be sure to try the dishes of the national cuisine. Surely, everyone will find their favorite gastronomic delicacy here.

Pilaf

It is rightfully considered the hallmark of Azerbaijani cuisine, so this dish must be ordered first of all. The recipe for making pilaf in this country is special. The main difference between the preparation of pilaf in Azerbaijani: products for it are prepared separately. Meat, rice, vegetables and dried fruits are brought to readiness in different dishes, and mixed only before serving.

There are many variations of pilaf. The main ones are:

• kaurma (traditional pilaf, which is cooked with lamb);

• turshchi-kaurma (in addition to lamb meat, sour fruit is added to it);

• shah-pilaf (this is a classic version of pilaf, which is served in lavash);

• chiy-doshamya-kaurma (it contains lamb meat, onions, as well as pumpkin and chestnuts);

• fisinzhan (with meatballs from turkey, chicken, beef, walnuts and sweet and sour sauce);

• syudlu (very similar to rice porridge with raisins and saffron);

• width (with fruits, raisins, dried apricots).

If, after tasting pilaf in Baku, you want to cook the same at home, then buy the main spices at the bazaar, without which Azerbaijani cuisine is impossible - saffron and sumac. Seasoning vendors can help you make the right choice of spices for other dishes as well.

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The variety of dishes of Azerbaijani cuisine is striking in its scale. They are prepared from poultry, fish, meat, dairy products, various vegetables and fruits. Spicy spices and fresh herbs give the dishes a special flavor and zest. If you are lucky enough to visit Baku, be sure to try the dishes of the national cuisine. Surely, everyone will find their favorite gastronomic delicacy here.

Pilaf

It is rightfully considered the hallmark of Azerbaijani cuisine, so this dish must be ordered first of all. The recipe for making pilaf in this country is special. The main difference between the preparation of pilaf in Azerbaijani: products for it are prepared separately. Meat, rice, vegetables and dried fruits are brought to readiness in different dishes, and mixed only before serving.

There are many variations of pilaf. The main ones are:

• kaurma (traditional pilaf, which is cooked with lamb);

• turshchi-kaurma (in addition to lamb meat, sour fruit is added to it);

• shah-pilaf (this is a classic version of pilaf, which is served in lavash);

• chiy-doshamya-kaurma (it contains lamb meat, onions, as well as pumpkin and chestnuts);

• fisinzhan (with meatballs from turkey, chicken, beef, walnuts and sweet and sour sauce);

• syudlu (very similar to rice porridge with raisins and saffron);

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Traditional Azerbaijani food

The national cuisine is distinguished by a variety of fish, meat, vegetable dishes. All dishes are hearty, nutritious and delicious. Dishes are prepared from poultry, lamb, fish, vegetables. Mandatory additives - spices, seasonings, herbs.

Azerbaijani cuisine is distinctive, original. Such traditional dishes as:

  • Plov
  • Piti
  • Dushbara
  • Dolma
  • Baklava <
There are about 200 pilaf recipes in Azerbaijan. According to any of the recipes, the dish turns out to be hearty and tasty. A distinctive feature is that the cooks prepare rice and meat separately. Pilaf is served in an unusual way: the dish is sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, covered with Kazmag triangles.

Piti soup is considered a visiting card of Azerbaijan. The soup is cooked in clay pots, and the cooking process itself takes a long time. There is more than one culinary recipe for such a soup in the country. The main ingredients of Piti are lamb, chestnuts, chickpeas, cherry plums, vegetables.

Dushbara is a rich broth with small dumplings. The broth is made from lamb bones, and dumplings are made from minced lamb. Add butter and herbs to the broth. Miniature dumplings are boiled in broth, not water.

Dolma, which resembles cabbage rolls, is served in restaurants in Azerbaijan. There are 381 varieties of Dolma in the national cuisine. The filling for this dish is prepared from different products, and grape leaves are used instead of cabbage. The following ingredients are added to the minced lamb:

  • Rice
  • Eggplants
  • Onions
  • Apples
  • Greens
Baklava is considered a traditional sweet. This sweet cake consists of 12 layers coated with butter. Top of the cake is decorated with walnut halves.

The best traditional restaurants in Azerbaijan

You can order a gastronomic tour in Baku to enjoy the local cuisine to your heart's content. Tourists can try traditional dishes in the "Shirvanshah Museum" restaurant. This is not just a restaurant, but a real museum with a special atmosphere. Here, in each room there is something to see, because the interior of the institution surprises with its originality. The premises are decorated with samples of carpet art, household items.

Delicious national dishes are served in the "Sumakh" restaurant. The culinary world of this restaurant is rich and varied. The menu includes spicy Dolma, aromatic pilaf, juicy lamb. Desserts, delicious tea, jam will complement the feast.

If a tourist is interested in a new interpretation of traditional dishes, he should visit "Avaz Dining & Lounge". Here the tasting will be interesting and unusual. The modern stylized presentation of national delicacies will appeal to all gourmets.

Wineries of Azerbaijan

Wine is the most popular gastronomic souvenir from Azerbaijan. The highest demand is, of course, for pomegranate. But white and red are also not far behind. We will tell you how to choose the right and where to buy the best Azerbaijani wines. Let's name the best varieties, the most popular brands. We will also recommend interesting excursions to Baku, which, if they don’t make you a pro, will certainly help you to understand the intricacies of the Azerbaijani “drink of longevity”.

Briefly about the main thing

It is believed that winemaking in Azerbaijan originated more than 5 thousand years ago. The active development of the industry began in the 19th century. It's hard to believe, but during the Soviet era, Baku earned more from wine than from oil.

Fertile southern soils still allow the country to cultivate even the most capricious grape varieties. Winemaking, which once fell into decay, is reviving. By the way, Azerbaijani wines are considered one of the most environmentally friendly in the world. In addition, traditions and technologies are skillfully combined in the country. Grapes for wine in Azerbaijan are still harvested only by hand.

Pomegranate wine

This drink is worth mentioning separately. It is considered a gastronomic symbol of Azerbaijan, although wine production has begun on an industrial scale relatively recently. Although the recipe is already very many years old. Previously, tourists brought home pomegranate wine from Azerbaijan. Most often - in simple plastic bottles or cans. Then more "advanced" private traders appeared who began to manufacture products in glass. And only then the factory options appeared. By the way, they taste no worse. A nice bonus is a quality guarantee.

The most popular brands of pomegranate wine in Azerbaijan:

  • "Golden Baku".
  • Nar.
  • Az-Granata Agsu ("Agsu").

It can be sweet, semi-sweet, and even sparkling. If the latter option interests you, try Az-Granata Pearl.

If you plan to travel to Azerbaijan at the end of October, you have a unique chance to visit the Nar-Bairam Pomegranate Festival. It is widely celebrated in the Goychay region, a little more modestly in Baku. This is a bright and very “tasty” festival, where you can taste several varieties of fruit and products from it.

At the Pomegranate Festival you can buy delicious Azerbaijani home-made or factory-made pomegranate wine.

Major Producers

In large supermarkets in Baku, the choice of wines can make you run out of sight. If you are one of those who prefer trusted manufacturers, use our cheat sheet. However, it should not be limited only to her. There are indeed many worthy wine producers in Azerbaijan. We will name only the "giants", which are considered the most popular and are always snapped up.

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