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Dried Bean Stew (Mash Shorbasi)

Dried Bean Soup

My ancestors are from the city of Ordubad in Azerbaijan. Even though neither my parents nor my sister and I were born there, we have been influenced by the food of that region immensely with authentic recipes from Ordubad having been passing from generation to generation in our family. The following recipe of a hearty and flavorful stew is one […]

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Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake

This is just a beautiful cake. I baked it today and wanted to share the recipe with you. I like looking at Zebra cake more that eating it even though it is incredibly delicious. I am not the original creator of this cake, although I wish I were:) I heard that Zebra cake is very popular in Eastern Europe. It […]

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Mixed Vegetable Pickle

pickled mixed vegetables

We are going to do some canning today. In Azerbaijan, canning is a sort of culinary tradition. Jars with homemade preserves, jams, pickles, relishes, sauces can be found in almost every household. They are usually prepared in summer when fruits and vegetables are in abundance and consumed in winter when they are in high demand:) Pickles make a perfect accompaniment […]

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Pomegranate Salad

pomegranate salad

I wrote earlier that my favorite vegetable is eggplant. But I have a favorite fruit, too. POMEGRANATE! In California, Farmers Markets, some grocery stores carry this fruit, usually during the pomegranate season, which is around November-February. During that time I run from store to store in search of the juiciest, largest, cutest pomegranates! Then I bring them home and with […]

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Dumpling Soup (Dushbere)

AZ Cookbook | Dumpling Soup (Dushbere)

Hi, I am back. And I am going to challenge you today as I did myself yesterday, cooking dushbere, Azerbaijani dumpling soup. It is my four-year-old daughter’s favorite, who loves this soup so much that she will trade her favorite macaroni and cheese for a bowl of dushvere without any hesitation. When she asked me to make it again yesterday […]

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Spinach With Eggs

AZ Cookbook | Spinach with Eggs

Spinach is good for you. It’s healthy. I always knew it was good but if you asked me the specifics of its benefits, I would be clueless as to what to say. But after reading a bunch of “spinach”-related articles over the Internet (it saves, doesn’t it), I learned one thing for sure – Need more Iron? Go for spinach! […]

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Creamy Yogurt Soup

AZ Cookbook | Creamy Yogurt Soup

Yogurt is widely used in Azerbaijani kitchen. Yogurt soups are especially popular. Some chilled, some warm. There is yogurt soup with fresh herbs, chickpeas and small meatballs, there is chilled yogurt soup with cucumber and there is this wonderful soup called Kelekosh we are going to make today. Honestly, I don’t remember eating Kelekosh in Azerbaijan. I only read about […]

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Stuffed Grape Leaves

stuffed-grape-leaves

No Azerbaijani table is complete without DOLMA, the all-time favorite, and my favorite too as a matter of fact. The word DOLMA means “stuffed” in Azeri. Variations of this dish are present in cuisines of several other countries, including Middle Eastern, Persian, Turkish and Greek. I’ve tried different versions but still there is something special about Azerbaijani dolma. There is […]

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Tandir (Tandoori) Bread

tandoori-bread1

UPDATE: This is my entry to Click, a monthly theme-based photography contest hosted by Jugalbandi. This month’s theme is: YELLOW for Bri. You can read my dedication to Bri at as well the bloggers’ appeal to support her HERE. *********** Nothing wrong about it but … honestly, I do crave Tandir Bread sometimes. Tandor or Tandoori as it is better […]

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Eggplant Rolls

AZ Cookbook | Eggplant Rolls

I looooove eggplant! In fact, it is my favorite vegetable of all, and I love almost anything that has eggplant in it. In Azerbaijani cooking, we use eggplants in many different ways. We can fry them, pickle them, and even preserve them in sweet syrups! Today we are going to stuff them and roll them for an appetizers. You will love it. Just a […]

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