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The traditional dishes of Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan cuisine

The traditional dishes of Azerbaijan
Topped, crescent-shaped Qutab flatbreads. Baku 2015
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Shakh Plov, usually reserved for special guests and on holidays. Baku 2015
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The traditional Azeri soup Kufte Bozbash. Baku 2015
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Uch Baji Dolma - tomatoes, pepper, aubergine stuffed with chopped meat. Baku 2015
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Pakhlava, an Azerbaijani festive dessert. Baku 2015
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Crisp, stuffed Choodoo pastry. Baku 2015
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The region's favourite foods explained

Big in Baku's resident food expert presents the lowdown on the local cuisine, with six of the top Azerbaijani dishes that simply have to be tried.

Qutabs - stuffed, crescent-shaped flatbread, the filling varies and can include meat, pumpkin, greens or even camel meat. Sizes differ in different regions, but always best served with yoghurt and butter. 

Shakh Plov - one of the best variations of Azeri plovs (rice dishes). Usually cooked for special guests and on holidays, it will the most eagerly awaited - and probably the best - part of your dinner. 

Kufte Bozbash - a traditional Azeri soup made with heavenly smelling herbs, chickpeas and apple-sized meatballs. Serve with some pickles, lavash and onion, and you'll know what perfection is.

Uch Baji Dolma (3 sisters dolma) - tomatoes, pepper and aubergine stuffed with chopped meat with greens. Served with yoghurt mixed with garlic.

Pakhlava - an Azerbaijani festive dessert traditionally made for Novruz (spring equinox). With hazelnuts, shafran, gulab (rose water), honey syrup and crunchy dough, it is irresistible!

Choodoo - crunchy pastries stuffed with chopped meat. Baked and covered all over with sumac and sugar.

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