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Kufte-Bozbash or Azerbaijani Meatball Soup

Azerbaijani Meatball Soup (Kufte-Bozbash)

Today’s recipe is for kufte-bozbash, more commonly called just kufte. This is one of the staples of Azerbaijani cuisine. Jumbo apple-size meatballs cooked in a simple broth with chickpeas and potatoes. Kufte is the Azerbaijani word for meatball. The word kufte is derived from the Persian “koftan,” which means “to pound.” The name reflects the general method of preparation of […]

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A Cup-of-Garden Soup

Garden Soup

Here’s a wonderful colorful soup that is filling, nutritious, and delicious at the same time. One thing I particularly like about this recipe is that it is generously open to improvisation. Don’t have kale? Use spinach or whatever leafy green you fancy. Don’t have canned chickpeas? Use peas or beans you have on hand. Want to deepen the flavors? Use chicken […]

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Yogurt Soup with Fresh Herbs and Chickpeas (Dovgha)

Azerbaijani Yogurt Soup with Fresh Herbs (Dovgha)

I wrote on AZ Cookbook facebook page that the epitome of spring and summer in Azerbaijan was coming soon to my blog. I gave a hint, alright, that it was going to be a soup. Most people guessed it right! Dovgha! Yes, it is dovgha, a popular Azerbaijani yogurt soup cooked with lots of fresh herbs! I  was saving this recipe for […]

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Cream of Spinach Soup

If you like me are a big fan of creamy anything soups, then you will love this creamy spinach soup. It is easy to make, is nutritious and very delicious. I spotted this recipe a while ago while leafing through my friend Miriam’s huge recipe collection and used it shortly after. The family loved it, and even the kids who […]

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Turkish Yogurt Soup (Yayla Chorbasi)

Just like in neighboring Azerbaijan, yogurt is an indespensable kitchen staple in Turkey, too. It is added to salads, made into sauces with garlic to scoop onto pasta dishes, used to moisten the layers of borek pies, to fix a refreshing yogurt drink, ayran, or turned into this wonderfully  light but still a filling soup called yayla corbasi.  Yayla chorbasi […]

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Turkish red lentil soup is undoubtedly one of the most frequently made soups in our house. More so in fall, when our palates demand foods more comforting and warming. Or, perhaps, because this soup is highly evocative of fall itself, with it colors matching the color palette of the leaves slowly falling off the trees and weaving a beautiful carpet […]

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Tomato-Thyme Soup with Cheese and Croutons

In a creative frenzy recently, I’ve been cooking a lot with tomatoes. Why tomatoes? Because we have tons of them. Plus they are free and I can experiment with them without having the fear of going bankrupt at failed recipes. The thing is we have tomato crop this year.  We planted 4 tiny tomato bushes in our backyard around May, […]

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Red as Red Can Be – Borsch

Borsch (also known as borscht) is one of the  most popular soups across the vast region of Eastern Europe. Originating in Ukraine, it traveled to Azerbaijan during the Soviet reign and has been ever since wholeheartedly embraced by Azerbaijanis. I haven’t had a chance to sample different versions of borsch but I know that Russian and Ukrainian variations are the closest to […]

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Creamy Mushroom Soup with Fresh Herbs

mushroom soup with herbs

I love fresh herbs. Given a chance, I’d add them to anything I cook. I especially love stirring them in fresh or sprinkling them over cooked dishes for that nice fresh flavor and color.  Just like I did in this creamy mushroom soup with herbs, which is packed with flavor from fresh cilantro. The inspiration for this soup comes from […]

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Chicken Salad with Bell Peppers

chicken-salad-with-bell-peppers

Dear friends, Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and wishes you left on my previous post! Here I am again. Up and running, not on my new blog as I promised and thought I would be, but on this old blog of mine I love so much I can’t say good bye to. With that said, today […]

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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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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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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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