These vegan dolma are made of grape-leaves stuffed with walnut-lentil mince, herbs and bulgur wheat. Azerbaijani dolma are unique in their small, bite-sized shaped, making these a lovely appetizer served with a yogurt dip. Overview of Azerbaijan I'll be honest- I...
Azerbaijan country of eastern Transcaucasia. Bounded by the Caucasus mountains on one side and the Caspian Sea on the other, it is a country full of beautiful and diverse landscapes. Azerbaijan also offers an interesting mix of tradition and modernization. The capital city, Baku, is a perfect example of this mix. Here, you’ll find an architectural mix of East-meets-West. One minute, you can be staring at modern shiny modern skyscrapers and the next, at a medieval walled old town steeped in history.
Quick Facts about Azerbaijan
- Capital City: Baku
- Language: Azerbaijani
- Currency: Azerbaijani manats (AZN)
- Climate: Dry sub-tropical climate
- Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to October
- Fun fact: Fine horses and caviar are two of the countries big exports
Overview of Azerbaijani Cuisine
- Culinary influences: Arabic, Turkish, Mediterranean
- Common ingredients: Rice, seasonal fruit and vegetables, herbs
- National dish of Azerbaijan: Plov, which is a pilaf is characterized by saffron-flavoured rice cooked with aromatic herbs and varying meats or vegetables.
Popular Azerbaijani Foods
- Dovga– This traditional Azeri dish is a yoghurt soup that is served warm or cold, with rice, chickpeas and herbs.
- Qutab– A savoury pancake filled with either meat, cheese or spinach and eaten with a yoghurt sauce.
- Dolma– Dolma in Azerbaijan most commonly are made of grape leaves or cabbage stuffed with fillings such as rice, herbs, and meat. However, vegetarian/vegan dolma are also very popular.
- Pakhlava (Baklava)– This dessert may not be exclusive to Azerbaijan but it is very well-loved here. It is essentially layers of pastry stuffed with nuts or pistachios and coated with honey or syrup.
- Azerbaijani Sherbet- The most widespread drink in the country, it is a sweet, cold drink made by boiling water and infusing it with sugar and various fruits.
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