Shepherd’s Salad (Choban Salad)

Here is another recipe for a colorful summer salad from Azerbaijan, Choban Salad (Shepherd’s Salad in English). Made with fresh vegetables, this salad can be served as a side or with some cheese and bread as a main dish.

Rattlesnake Beans with Onions and Peppers

Rattlesnake Beans with Onions and Peppers  sounds delicious – just kidding. Don’t worry there are no actual rattlesnakes involved in this recipe. The name comes from the streaky pattern the rattlesnake beans develop as they mature, which supposedly resembles a pattern on a rattlesnake.

Lentil Soup

  This recipe was inspired by the delicious lentil soup my Turkish friend prepared for our friends and me during my college years. Since then I have developed my own recipe, which luckily turned out to be a success. I have been making this soup for many years now, not just because it is one… Continue reading Lentil Soup

Borsch (Beet and Cabbage Soup)

Borsch originated in Ukraine, but is popular in Eastern Europe and the republics of former USSR. I love preparing it, especially in cold months, to warm up and get my dose of nutrients from all the hearty vegetables that it is made of. Try it! You won’t regret! Servings: 6-8 Ingredients Beef Stew (Optional): 1… Continue reading Borsch (Beet and Cabbage Soup)

Green Qutab

For lunch today, I had one of my favorite savory pastries, delicious qutab. Every time I am in Baku, I order it when I eat out, and make it with my mother at home. That is how much I like qutab. Different variations of qutab, served both as an appetizer and main dish, are popular… Continue reading Green Qutab