Azerbaijani cuisine

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Azerbaijani cuisine refers to the cooking styles and dishes of Azerbaijan. It features an extensive array of meals, with a rich history that can be traced back to the ancient times. The cuisine is unique in its use of a variety of ingredients, cooking techniques, and traditional recipes.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The term "Azerbaijani cuisine" is derived from the country's name, Azerbaijan. The word Azerbaijan itself is derived from Persian Āzarbāydjān, from earlier Ādharbāyagān and Ādharbādhagān, from Middle Persian Āturpātākān, from Old Persian Atropatkan.

History[edit | edit source]

Azerbaijani cuisine has evolved over the centuries, influenced by the country's unique geography and history. The cuisine has been shaped by a variety of factors, including the country's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, its diverse climate, and its history as part of various empires, including the Persian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Russian Empire.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Azerbaijani cuisine is known for its use of a variety of ingredients. These include a wide range of grains, vegetables, herbs, and meats. Some of the most commonly used ingredients in Azerbaijani cuisine include lamb, beef, chicken, fish, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, spinach, pomegranate, plums, apricots, cherries, mulberries, quince, and various types of herbs and spices.

Dishes[edit | edit source]

There are numerous traditional dishes in Azerbaijani cuisine. These include plov, a type of pilaf made with rice, meat, and various vegetables; dolma, a dish made by stuffing vegetables or leaves with a mixture of meat and rice; kebab, a dish made by grilling skewered pieces of meat; and kutab, a type of stuffed flatbread.

Beverages[edit | edit source]

Azerbaijani cuisine also includes a variety of traditional beverages. These include tea, which is often served in a traditional glass called an armudu; sherbet, a sweet drink made from fruit juices and sugar; and ayran, a yogurt-based drink.

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