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Perched at the crossroads of West Asia and Eastern Europe, Azerbaijan is a land exploding with contrasts and contradictions. From glitzy, cutting-edge, modern structures to timeless rural villages, from semi-desert mud volcanoes to the soaring Caucasus Mountains, Azerbaijan is packed with elements that will tempt you to visit this fascinating land. However, when it comes to temptation, there is one particular, outstanding element that hands down takes the cake – Azerbaijan traditional food! So with out further ado here's a our list of what to what to eat in Baku, Ganja and other Azerbaijani cities.
The Ultimate Azerbaijan Food and Drink GuideFood plays a key role in the culture and history of any region, and Azerbaijan is no exception! Featuring a tantalizing blend of Middle Eastern and Eastern European flavours, Azerbaijani cuisine is unbelievably delicious. The richness of Azerbaijan food can be credited to the country’s versatile climate, and its location along the Caspian Sea (here’s where the mouth-watering sea food comes from!). Azeri food features a spread of different dishes such as plov (saffron-covered rice, which also happens to be the national dish), a variety of kebabs and shashlik, an array of seafood dishes, fresh-fruits and vegetables, sumptuous soups, and lots of other dishes cooked using fresh, aromatic herbs and spices.
Baku Food and Other Popular Azerbaijan Food Dishes
1. PlovOne of the most famous and widespread Azeri food, Plov is a classic Azerbaijan food preparation featuring saffron-flavoured rice, cooked using meat, onions, prunes, dry fruits, eggs, and fresh herbs. Brace yourself – Azerbaijan has more than 40 different Plov recipes!!
Yet another traditional recipe from Azerbaijan cuisine, Dolma is a delectable Azeri food prepared using rice mixed with minced lamb, mint, cinnamon and fennel wrapped in cabbage leaves or vine leaves! The vast majority of all Baku restaurants serve this dish!