The cuisine of the Caucasus is a variety of dishes from the peoples of the Caucasus, distinguished by high taste and nutritional qualities..
National cuisine of the Caucasus
Caucasian cuisine is often complemented with sour cream sauces, and in particular, boiled meat dishes - garlic sauce (brine), which is cooked in ayran or broth. Shish kebab is one of the main dishes of Caucasian cuisine, which is prepared from beef or lamb (onions, baked tomatoes and eggplants are used as an addition).
If we talk about the Caucasian cuisine of specific peoples, then, for example, in the cuisine of Balkars and Kabardians, poultry dishes are held in high esteem (fried poultry is prepared spicy and spicy due to the use of thyme, pepper and other spicy plants in the cooking process) and mutton, flour, cereals and dairy dishes. As for spices, Caucasian dishes are complemented by black pepper, dill, red capsicum, parsley, garlic, cilantro..
Popular dishes of Caucasian cuisine:
- “khychins” (a mass of minced or minced meat with the addition of onions, salt and pepper, which is wrapped in dough and cooked in a pan in oil or in its own juice);
- “ly gyezhag” (fried meat seasoned with garlic salt);
- “shurpa” (rich lamb soup);
- lamb pilaf;
- unleavened dough pies with different fillings (cottage cheese, meat, pumpkin, cheese, herbs).
Where to try national cuisine?
Everyone who is going to satisfy their hunger in restaurants of Caucasian cuisine should know that a generous table, aromatic dishes, and a sincere atmosphere will await them there..
In Pyatigorsk, you can look into “Caucasian courtyard” (here guests are treated to barbecue, khychinami, lula kebab, eggplant cream soup in a rye pot), in Zheleznovodsk - in “Pearl of the Caucasus” (the restaurant pleases visitors with Caucasian cuisine), in Dombai - in “Salam” (visitors to this cafe will be offered to taste lagman, pilaf, shurpa and barbecue, as well as watch ski, speedride and snowboard films), in Nalchik - in “Visit” (in this cafe-restaurant, guests try dishes of Caucasian and European cuisines and dishes cooked on the grill, as well as enjoy cocktails for every taste and live music).
Cooking courses in the Caucasus
If you decide to get to know Caucasian cuisine better, then, for example, in one of the Dombai food establishments, Caucasian chefs will invite you to take part in the process of preparing national dishes from meat. And the tasting of self-prepared dishes will be accompanied by the tasting of wine or brandy..
Arrival to the Caucasus should be timed for a gastronomic festival “Good food” (Pyatigorsk, June), accompanied by delicious tastings, a bright show program, interesting master classes, or a festival of national cuisine “Caucasian hospitality” (Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, September).