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20 Armenian Foods You Will Never Taste Before

Armenian cuisine is not only a great way for a gourmand to taste fantastic dishes, but it is also a magic which lays in each dish bearing a great history over the decades. Armenian cuisine reflects Armenian traditions and customs, the way Armenians lived for centuries and crave to create.

Armenian Bread

Unlike the rest of the world, Armenians cannot eat anything without bread. Bread is an inseparable part of Armenian table, so Armenians created new types of bread and new ways of baking bread.

1. Lavash

Lavash is an Armenian traditional bread. In 2014 it was listed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as “the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia”. Lavash is considered to be dietic bread. It is baked in the place named “Tonir” (an oven under the ground)

For preparing Lavash you will need:

flour

water

salt

2. Matnakash

Matnakash is another type of Armenian bread. It is the most favorite bread of Armenian men, as it satisfies your hunger at the first bite.

For preparing Matnakash you will need:

flour

water

sugar

dry yeast

salt

egg white

3. Qari Hats

Qari Hats translated into English as “Stone bread” is a type of a hard bread. The bread is too tasty but it will do harm to the people with bad teeth.

For preparing Qari Hats you will need:

flour

salt

water

dry yeast

4. Zhingyalov hats

Zhingyalov hats is a type of bread full of different herbs. It is a very tasty bread which is not necessarily used with other dishes, but it is rather eaten alone with a glass of wine or a cup of tea.

For the preparation of Zhingyalov hats you will need:

green onion

green garlic

herbs:

gindz

kndzmndzuk

chrchruk

trtndguk

tstapashar

mint

nettle

garnakandj

wild dodder

dill

spinach

and other (unknown to you) herbs

Armenian Dishes

5. Tjvjik

Tjvjik is a kind of dish which can be described as Fried Beef Liver.

Ingredients of the dish are:

fresh beef liver

hot and cold water

olive oil, or any vegetable oil

onions

fresh green chilli pepper, slices into strips

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ground black pepper

Salt to taste

6. Spas

Spas is an Armenian yoghurt soup. Matsun, the main ingredient used in spas preparation is a unique Armenian sour yoghurt full of many vitamins.

Ingredients of the dish are:

Matsun,

water,

egg,

flour,

wheat,

salt

onion,

butter,

herbs

7. Lavash baked fish

Lavash baked fish is a fantastic dish full of improvisation. Armenian women bake it with spices, seasonings, side dishes to go with it. Usually, they serve it with roasted/baked potatoes, apples and pears.

8. Qrjik

Qrjik is a traditional Armenian dish the main ingredient of which is sour cabbage. Armenians love to make sour vegetables and eat them in winter.

Ingredients of the dish are:

sour cabbage

groats

potato

water

herbs

salt

pepper

oil

9. Msho Plav

Msho plav is a type of dish typical to a region in ancient Armenia named Mush.

Ingredients of the dish are:

bulghur (a type of wheat)

beef or chicken breast

peas,

onion,

red pepper,

salt

10. Mojoj

Mojoj is a very tasty soup popular in Armenia.

Ingredients of the dish are:

pork legs

garlic

vinegar

laurel leaf

black granulated pepper

salt

11. Khorovats

The most favourite dish of Armenians is Khorovats (known to the world as barbeque). Armenians cannot imagine their life without this dish.

Ingredients of the dish are:

Pork

Pepper

Onion

Salt

Vegetables for Vegetable Khorovats

Tomato

Green Pepper

Eggplant

Potato

12. Kebab

Kebab is the second favourite dish of Armenians (the first one is Khorovats). It is considered to be a fast-food in Armenia.

Ingredients of the dish are:

beef

pork fat

onion

Red pepper

green onion

mixed greens

salt

13. Khashlama

If you are too hungry and you need a wonderful soup to satisfy the sharpness of your hunger, then Khashlama is the best choice.

Ingredients of the dish are:

Lamb

potatoes

onion

red sweet pepper

tomatoes

hot pepper

garlic

parsley,

coriander,

basil

salt,

pepper

14. Khash

Eating Khash is a whole tradition for Armenians. Khash gathers Armenians together. There are several rules which should be kept while eating Khash: you should eat with your hands – say no to spoons, Khash is eaten with dried lavash poured into it, Khash should be accompanied by Oghi (alcohol drink famous as Vodka), it takes a very long time to prepare Khash, so Armenians usually make it for a whole night.

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Ingredients of the dish are:

beef legs

garlic,

salt,

greens

15. Ishli Kufta

Ishli Kufta is a tasty dish which always attracts with its unique shape. The taste is unforgettable. It is usually served with lemons.

Ingredients of the dish are:

For the layer

beef,

bulghur (a type of wheat)

onion

For stripping

beef

onions,

melted butter,

parsley

salt

red and black pepper

16. Harissa

Harissa has a unique meaning for Armenians: it was first made in Musa Ler in 1915 when the Turkish government was trying to solve Armenian problem with the help of genocide. Musa Ler is a small town in Armenia with strong people who were fighting in 1915 for 40 days eating only Harissa.

Ingredients of the dish are:

korkot (dried or roasted cracked wheat)

fat-rich meat – chicken or lamb

herbs

salt

pepper

butter

17. Ghapama

Ghapama is a very beautiful dish. What an imagination should a person have to make this wonderful dish not only too tasty but also too beautiful?

Ingredients of the dish are:

Pumpkin,

rice,

dried fruits (almonds, apple, cornel, apricot, prunes, raisins)

18. Garni Yarakh

The name of the dish came from the expression Garni gorge. This hot dish is especially popular among the residents of Garni. Do you remember about the only pagan temple in Armenia Garni?

Ingredients of the dish are:

Ground beef

Onion

Herbs

Tomato

Eggplant

Cheese

19. Bozbash

Bozbash is an Armenian traditional soup, which has two variants – chilli and not chilli.

Ingredients of the dish are:

Lamb

peas

onion

potatoes

tomatoes

hot pepper / sweet pepper

greens

oil

salt

Dolma Types

20. Dolma

There are many discussions and quarrels about the origin of this dish. Some people are sure that Dolma is an Armenian dish, and others insist that it is a Turkish dish. My opinion is that it can be both Armenian and Turkish dish, as these two nations lived next to each other for centuries. There are even traditions and customs which are the same and the question of belonging to this or that nation is absurd.

Ingredients of the dish are:

ground meats (usually beef)

onion

rice

Garlic Cloves

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ground black pepper

curry powder

tomato paste

red pepper paste

Dry herbs, such as basil, dill, savoury

grapevines

Boiling water

There is so much to discover about Armenia and Armenian food! Stay with us and find out more amazing places, food, drinks, traditions and customs.

Author Bio:

Hello, Maria is here, an obsessive traveller and a blogger. I love analysis and then writing down my own view. So far, I have been in Canada and want to share my wonderful practice with Airport Limo Toronto. My blogs/articles can help others to save them from the hassles of journey.

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Written by Maria Bella

Hello, Maria is here, an obsessive traveller and a blogger. I love analysis and then writing down my own view. So far, I have been in Canada and want to share my wonderful practice with Airport Limo Toronto. My blogs/articles can help others to save them from the hassles of journey.

 

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