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Dolma is a dish traditionally made of grape leaves stuffed with various fillings of meat and rice, enriched with herbs or nuts. Its name comes from the verb ‘dolmaq’, meaning ‘to stuff’ in Azerbaijani. The ingredients vary from region to region and depending on the time of year. For example, in summertime, stuffed aubergines or tomatoes are also considered dolma dishes.
19 April 2021
Made of rice mixed with herbs, dried fruits, meat or fish and other local ingredients, plov (pilaf) is a dish that can never get boring! It comes in all varieties and is always around during any Azerbaijani holiday. Some of the most popular types are fisinjan (with ground meat in a pomegranate and nut sauce), shirin (with raisins and dried apricots), and shah, which is encased in layers of buttered lavash bread.
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Qutabs are a sort of pancake stuffed with different fillings – such as meat, spinach, cheese or pumpkin - and cooked on an iron disk called a saj. In Baku and the Absheron region, qutabs are drizzled with melted butter and served with yogurt and pomegranate. They can also be sprinkled with sumac, rolled into tubes and eaten with your hands. Azerbaijanis often serve qutabs with ayran – a cold yogurt drink mixed with salt and herbs.
Chunks of lamb soaked in a sauce of onion, vinegar and pomegranate juice, impaled on a large skewer and grilled on the barbecue – just one of many Azerbaijani kebab combinations! Some are made with lamb or beef, others with chicken or fish. Vegetables such as potatoes, aubergines, green peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes typically add succulence and flavour. The tika and lula kebabs are the two most popular: tika is made from marinated chunks of lamb, whereas lula is prepared from ground meat wrapped around a skewer.
This classic Azerbaijani soup is a healthy concoction of yoghurt, herbs (coriander, dill and mint) and rice. Served hot in winter and cold in summer, sometimes in a glass and sometimes in a bowl, dovga can differ across the regions and is regularly on offer at important ceremonies and celebrations. This is a great choice for vegetarians!
In Azerbaijan, tea is synonymous with warmth and hospitality. Tradition dictates that you should never allow a guest to leave your house without having offered it. Tea ceremonies have evolved over centuries to include their own rites and rituals. We serve our tea in a special pear- shaped glass called an armudu, often together with lemon and sugar, honey, jam, nuts and sweets. Black tea is the most popular.
Azerbaijan has a rich and ancient cuisine. Sometimes the taste of the dishes is varied by region. Hence, local and international travelers wish to taste different dishes in the regions. According to conducted surveys, local and international travelers are struggled to find information about public catering facilities and using those services in the regions. The State Tourism Agency launches the project "Mymenu.az" to eliminate difficulties and increase the satisfaction of travelers.
Information about catering facilities and services are available on the "Mymenu.az" in 2 different languages. In addition to providing accurate information to travelers, the platform is functioned to improve the service quality of restaurants and other catering facilities.
The purpose of the project is to improve the quality of public catering facilities in the regions, to adapt catering facilities to standards, to ensure the proper customer services, and to provide standard menus.
1. Adaptation of catering facilities` menus to standards;
2. Provision of menus in Azerbaijani, Russian and English;
3. Ensuring online accessibility of menus to travelers through "QR" code technology;
4. Elimination of dual menu cases in public catering facilities;
5. Providing expert support to improve the quality of catering services;
6. Conducting training to improve service quality;
7. Providing information to local and international travelers about restaurants and catering services in the regions;
8. Ensuring easily to find the location of catering facilities;
9. Publishing different articles regarding Azerbaijani cuisine and etc.
Information for restaurant owners
Any catering facilities operating in Azerbaijan (restaurants, coffee shops, and teahouses, bars and pubs, entertainment centers and clubs, baths, spas, sports and entertainment centers, etc.) can become members of the “Mymenu.az” platform.
Entrepreneurs or managers of public catering establishments wishing to participate in the project can become members by creating a personal account on the “Mymenu.az” platform. By registering on the platform, entrepreneurs/managers can create menus and add information about their restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, etc. in different designs and publish it on the platform. Registration is done by the phone number of entrepreneurs/managers.
Advantages of participating in the project:
• Introduce and promote your restaurant to local and international travelers,
• Direct and free use of customizing menu templates in a modern style,
• Change menus and use customize templates whenever you want,
• Introducing menus with QR code technology.