Azerbaijan Cuisine

- Appetizers - Baking - Vegetarian - Soups & Stews - Barbecue - Meat - Chicken - Flour-based recipes - Fish - Pilaf - Dolma - Dairy - Salad - Sweets & desserts - Jams & preserves - Drinks -

Ancir murabbasi - Fig preserve

Juicy, sweet, yellow figs from the Absheron Peninsula are sold by the bucketful in Baku during high summer.

Heyva murabbasi - Quince preserve

Quince preserve (heyva mürəbbəsi) is popular across Azerbaijan. Don't be put off by the fruit's misshapen appearance, it makes a fragrant jam.

Kalla-pacha soyutmasi - Sheep's head soup

Kalla-pacha soyutma (kəllə-paça soyutma) is one of two traditional Azerbaijani soups made from offal.

Shuyudlu suzme - Yoghurt cheese with dill

Suzme is a tangy, creamy cheese made by straining the water out of plain yoghurt. The name suzme comes from the verb süzmək, meaning to filter.

Badimjan dilchaklari - Aubergine rounds with tomato

Aubergines (eggplants) grow in abundance in Azerbaijan in summer and are served in a variety of guises.

Çoban salatı - Tomato and cucumber salad

Çoban salatı, which translates as "shepherd's salad", is a classic Azerbaijani salad, found in many homes and restaurants over the summer.

Kələm salatı - Cabbage salad

Azerbaijani cuisine has a rich variety of salads, from a simple combination of tomatoes and cucumbers to the more complex "vinegret".

Qoyun ətindən soyutma - Stewed lamb

Azerbaijani stewed lamb is easy to prepare and can be served as a main course or side dish.

Toyuq soyutması - Poached chicken with pickles and tomatoes

Azerbaijani poached chicken is a light, healthy dish, easy to make. It can be served as a main course or appetiser.

Toyug ləvəngi - Roast chicken with walnut stuffing

Levengi (ləvəngi) is a stuffing made from ground walnuts and dried fruit, typical of the southern Lankaran area.

Qızardılmış kütüm - Baked kutum

Kutum is a white fish unique to the Caspian which lends itelf well to baking in the oven.

Vinegret - Beetroot and bean salad

Vinegret is a substantial, beautifully pink salad of beetroot, pickled cabbage and cucumbers, popular across the entire former Soviet Union