Tast­ing Baku: For­got­ten recipes and fresh fla­vors

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Azer­bai­jan’s dolma, pi­laf, gutab, kabab or tandir have al­ready gained world­wide fame for be­ing very tasty. But have you heard about such tra­di­tional dishes as "Halim Ashi" —pi­laf cooked with a va­ri­ety of ce­re­als in­stead of rise or "Zengi Chorek" gin­ger – bread?

Baku­vians and guests of the city were able to taste all th­ese tra­di­tional dishes in the his­tor­i­cal core of the city, Icher­ishe­her, on Septem­ber 1-3.

The main goal of the fes­ti­val "For­got­ten Recipes" was to cre­ate a fes­tive at­mos­phere in the his­tor­i­cal part of the city, cel­e­brate the holy "Sac­ri­fice Feast" (Eid al-Adha) with the res­i­dents and guests of the cap­i­tal and in­crease in­ter­est in Azer­bai­jani cui­sine.

The idea of the project be­longs to the Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Cen­ter and the Mu­seum of His­tory un­der the Ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Icher­ishe­her State His­tor­i­cal-Ar­chi­tec­tural Re­serve.

Unique recipes were dis­cov­ered by the em­ploy­ees of the His­tory Mu­seum and the Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Cen­ter. They found an­cient recipes dat­ing back to the 30's-40's of the 20th cen­tury.

Re­port­edly th­ese recipes sank into obliv­ion be­cause of the com­plex­ity of cook­ing.The best chefs of Icher­ishe­her for three days cooked for guests of the fes­ti­val and shared se­cret recipes.

More than ten for­got­ten dishes were pre­sented to the vis­i­tors.

One of the for­got­ten recipes was Mu­si­abya pi­laf, where rice is used and sausages from meat and egg­plant are added. The soup Mecca also turned out to be one of the pop­u­lar dishes at the fes­ti­val. It is very easy to cook: fry onion rings, add chicken pieces, finely chopped pota­toes, pour wa­ter and set to cook. Af­ter that add the corn and rice. A few min­utes be­fore the end of cook­ing, add saf­fron.

The fes­ti­val also de­lighted lit­tle guests. The Cen­ter of Tra­di­tional Arts Icher­ishe­her or­ga­nized chil­dren face art and mas­ter classes.

Pho­tos by Moscow-Baku.ru

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