Potato, pea and egg salad recipe (Paytakht salati)

Potato, pea and egg salad
This salad is Russian in origin but is so popular in Azerbaijan that it has become part of the national cuisine. The name “paytaxt salatı” is a direct Azerbaijani translation of the Russian name “stolichniy salat” or “capital city salad”. The salad is also known as “salat Olivier” in Russian, Azerbaijani and other languages, after the French chef Lucien...

Kidney bean soup recipe (Lobya soyutmasi)

Kidney bean soup
Bean soyutma is a cross between a thick soup and a serving of beans. It makes a delicious winter warmer but can be served at any time of year. In Azerbaijani cuisine, the term soyutma refers to any dish that has been boiled in water. Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 90 mins Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 200 g/8 oz dried red kidney beans 1 tablespoon vinegar 2-3 cloves garlic salt &...

Yoghurt cheese with dill recipe (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. For shuyudlu suzme (şüyüdlü süzmə), the yoghurt cheese is mixed with dill and garlic. Shuyudlu suzme is usually served as one of several appetisers, alongside herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers and white cheese. Preparation time: 2.5 hours Cooking time:...

Aubergine rounds with tomato recipe (Badimjan dilchaklari)

Aubergine rounds with tomato
Aubergines (eggplants) grow in abundance in Azerbaijan in summer and are served in a variety of guises. This dish of aubergines, tomatoes and garlic, served cold, can be eaten for breakfast or as a salad or appetiser. News.Az is grateful to Gullu Cahangir for allowing us to use her photograph and recipe for badimjan dilchaklari (badımcan dilçəkləri), taken from her informative website Azerifood.com. Preparation...

Tomato and cucumber salad recipe (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. The key to a good tomato and cucumber salad is to make it an hour before serving, so that the flavours can develop. Preparation time: 20-25 min Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 6 medium-sized tomatoes 5 cucumbers (Azerbaijani cucumbers resemble...

Cabbage salad recipe (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”. Salads based on white cabbage are enjoyed all year round, but are especially popular in winter, when other salad ingredients are not so readily available. There are different variations on the cabbage salad. If you can find a large white radish (turp in Azerbaijani),...

Beetroot and bean salad recipe (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 The name of the salad should not be confused with the term vinaigrette which has entered the English language with its French meaning of a dressing of oil and vinegar. There’s clearly a link, though, with the Russian and Azerbaijani vinaigrette as the salad...

Green beans with garlic recipe (Sarımsaqla göy lobya)

green beans with garlic
Green beans with garlic are a tasty dish, easy to prepare. Served with crusty fresh bread, they make a light, healthy lunch, while traditionally they are served as an accompaniment to other dishes. Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 5 hours (including cooling time) Serves: 3-4 as a side salad Ingredients 400 g/1 lb green beans (runner beans or French beans) 25 g/1 oz garlic 2 tbsp...

Azerbaijan Salad recipe (Azərbaycan salatı)

azerbaijan Salad
Azerbaijan enjoys a summer abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and other fresh ingredients. Not surprisingly, salads are a popular side dish or starter at many Azerbaijani meals. Tomatoes and cucumbers are the mainstay of summer salads, combined in this recipe with spring onions, radishes and a sour cream dressing. Preparation time: 20-30 mins Cooking time: 0 Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 200 g/8...

Aubergine omelette recipe (Badimjan chigirtmasi)

Aubergine omelette
The word chigirtma (çığırtma) in the name of a dish means that it includes eggs. This classic dish combines aubergines (eggplants) with eggs, onions, butter and herbs. It makes a fine breakfast dish or light meal. Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 20 min Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 2 large aubergines 1 large onion 50 g/2 oz melted butter or vegetable oil 4 medium eggs a few...