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...

Chicken noodle soup recipe (Khamrashi)

Chicken noodle soup
Khamrashi (xəmraşi) can be made with a clear beef or lamb broth or, as in this recipe, with chicken broth. Preparation time: 45 min Cooking time: 1 hour Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 150 g/6 oz chicken on the bone 1 cup of black-eyed beans (known as “nightingale’s eyes” or bül-bül göz in Azerbaijani) 5-6 threads of saffron salt & pepper dried mint For the...

Poached chicken with pickles and tomatoes recipe (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. In Azerbaijani cuisine, the term soyutma refers to any dish that has been boiled in water. Preparation time: 30 min Cooking time: 60 min Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 400 g/1 lb chicken breasts or chicken pieces 100 g/4 oz pickled cucumbers or peppers 200 g/8 oz tomatoes 50 g/2 oz spring onions 1...

Roast chicken with walnut stuffing recipe (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. Levengi is used as a stuffing for both poultry and fish. Traditionally, chicken and fish levengi are cooked in a tandir or clay oven, but are easy to cook in your oven at home. Preparation time: 45 min Cooking time: 90 min Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 1 medium-sized chicken 1 large onion (preferably...

Pomegranate and walnut stew with chicken, lamb or beef recipe (Fisinjan plov)

Pomegranate and walnut stew with chicken, lamb or beef
Ground walnuts and pomegranate sauce or juice are the essential ingredients for the deliciously tangy stew fisinjan. Fisinjan is a popular dish in the south of Azerbaijan and is a close relative of the Persian fesenjan. Fisinjan can be made with chicken, lamb, beef or meat balls. Preparation time: 60 min Cooking time: 60 min Serves: 4-5 Ingredients 1 kg/2.2 lbs chicken pieces and chicken stock or 1kg/2.2...

Chicken cutlet recipe (Toyuq kotleti)

Chicken cutlet
Chicken cutlets are a tasty way to use up chicken and a popular everyday dish across Azerbaijan. Chickpeas rather than breadcrumbs are used in Azerbaijani cutlets and rissoles. Preparation time: 30 min Cooking time: 60 min (including time for the chickpeas) Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 500 g/1 lb 1 oz minced chicken 250 g/10 oz red onion 125 g/5 oz chickpeas 1 egg 1 bunch coriander salt & pepper Preparation Soak...

Toyug – chicken – kebab recipe

chicken - kebab
Kebabs – barbecued meat, fish and vegetables – are a perennial favourite in Azerbaijan. They are an obligatory feature on special occasions, such as weddings. Azerbaijanis love to make kebabs at picnics and at their summer houses and, as is the case the world over, it is the men who take charge of the barbecue. The traditional name for kebabs, shishlik, after the metal skewer or shish on...

Chicken with eggs recipe (Toyug chigirtmasi)

Chicken with eggs
The word chigirtma (çığırtma) in the name of a dish means that it includes eggs. Toyug chigirtmasi or chicken with eggs is popular across Azerbaijan. It can be baked in the oven or prepared on the stove top. Preparation time: 30 min Cooking time: 35 min Serves: 3-4 Ingredients clarified butter or vegetable oil 2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced 1 kg/2.2 lb chicken (boneless or on the bone),...

Chicken pilaf recipe (Toyuq plov)

chicken pilaf
Chicken pilaf is one of the many versions of pilaf popular in Azerbaijan. There are different ways of preparing chicken with rice pilaf in Azerbaijan. We give below a recipe in which the chicken is steamed together with the rice. Preparation time: 60 min Cooking time: 40-45 min Serves: 6-7 Ingredients 1 whole chicken (1.3-1.5 kg/2.87-3.31 lb) 300 g/12 oz raisins 3 medium onions Butter or oil (but not...

Chicken soup recipe (Toyug shorbasi)

Chicken soup
Azerbaijani cuisine is rich in soups and stews – piti, bozbash, dovga and dushbara, to name but a few. Typical of many Azerbaijani soups is the use of different varieties of dried plum and prune to add a fruity zest to the flavour. Preparation time: 20 min Cooking time: 40 min Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 150 g/6 oz chicken 25 g/1 oz short-grain rice 25 g/1 oz dried greengages and prunes ...