Best 13 Armenian foods you should try in Armenia
Armenia is a very tasty country and it offers the visitors all kinds of dishes. You can feel the taste of Armenian with the help of these dishes (and not only these ones).
Any list of Armenian dishes has to start with tolma. Prepared in hundreds of different variations, this dish usually represents minced meat (Armenian tolma is usually made with minced meat instead of its ground meat counterparts), rice and seasonings wrapped in either cabbage leaves or grape leaves and cooked (never stirred!) to mouthwatering perfection. And of course, it needs to be topped with Armenian plain yogurt with or without garlic. If you visit Armenia and not try dolma, it’s your duty to visit us again.
2. Khorovats, or the Armenian barbecue
There is no family gathering or occasion in Armenia without the famous khorovats. Apart from having a different taste than any other barbecue or stake, khorovats is considered to be Armenian legacy. Fathers teach the art of making khorovats to their sons, and so on. There is also an annual festival of khorovats held in September, in Akhtala, Tavush region.
Harissa is a thick porridge made from korkot (it is a dried or roasted cracked wheat) and meat (chicken or lamb). The greatest disadvantage of this dish is the extremely long cooking process, but the taste is worth it.
4. Armenian Lavash
Lavash is a common type of bread in Armenia that both locals and foreigners are very fond of. It is a soft, thin, unleavened flatbread made in a tandoor. The lavash-making process is an inseparable part of the Armenian culture and cuisine. For the record, lavash, together with its preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread is included in UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as an expression of culture in Armenia.
Travel to any airport in the world from Armenia and the luggage control will know the difference between sweet sujukh and its meat variation (you can’t fly the meat one with you, but we always try). Armenians love both and try to take it with them for it is the best present for another Armenian that hasn’t been home for a long time. While sweet sujukh, which is also called sharan or Armenian snickers, is dried wallnuts covered in grape syrup and dried, meat version is a dried sausage that usually is made of either beef or beef and lamb with a bunch of spices, like paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon and others. This meat version always goes with Basturma (Pastrami), which is seasoned and cured beef meat, which is a great counterpart of beef jerky to go with beer. Make a brduch (wrap with Armenian lavash flatbread) with some cheese or fresh parsley and green onions…Yum…
Spas is the all-time favorite soup for all Armenians. It is a yogurt soup filled with peeled wheat and greens. This white soup is finger licking tasty.
This is another not-to-miss traditional Armenian dish. To make it, the ingredients, such as lamb, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and seasoning is stacked in a big pan in a specific order and cooked. The result is this heavenly flavor and a hearty meal Armenians like to enjoy any time of the day.
Ghapama is a tasty dish made out of stuffed pumpkin. The filling of the pumpkin is removed and then it is filled with boiled rice and dried fruits such as chopped almonds, apple, cornel, apricot, plums, dates, prunes and raisins.
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Once it’s cold enough to fully enjoy a hot hearty meal, Armenians plan khash days with the family, colleagues and friends. You wake up early in the morning to eat this weird-looking but most delicious stew. It is made from cow legs and head boiled in plain water for hours on end and served with dried lavash (Armenian flatbread), garlic and plenty of vodka. Now you can go to bed. See you in the evening.
Feels like it is time for the dessert. Gata is an Armenian pastry or sweet bread. It can take variety of shapes, sizes and its decorated versions are quite attractive. Gata is usually the number one «brand» that tourists love most in Armenia. There is also a tradition of putting a coin inside gata before baking it, and the finder will have a good fortune. Tourists usually buy gata near Geghard monastery, a top tourist destination in Armenia.
Choreg is sweet bread made out of white flour, baking soda, eggs, dry yeast and vanilla. It is considered to be a traditional Easter bread, so come to Armenia at Easter time and taste this amazing sweet bread.