Saturday, February 18, 2012

Great Lent - Armenian cuisine and Recipes

Getting ready for lent? Armenians have the best lenten recipes that are passed down by generations. They are the healthiest. Warning, they are so delicious, you would love to eat them way after lent is over!

Armenians are indigenous people of Asia Minor, these days known as Turkey. Due to historic atrocities, they brought to new lands their great cuisine. In the diaspora many books are published and the best Armenian dishes are home made, most of them you will not find in main stream restaurants. You might find variations, however the most authentic ones are found at the homes of Armenians, rather than restaurants.

To help you with lenten recipes, here is the facebook photo album of 40 days of lent of the Armenian and Middle Eastern Cooking http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150104350190794.278270.284103605793&type=3

Here is variety of sources for Armenian lenten recipes:

Fasting during lent:
http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/feasts/lent/fasting-amp-recipes/

This page is no longer active, however check out the great articles it has http://www.ianyanmag.com/ The Khohanotz (Khohanotz means kitchen in Armenian) - A Vegan Guide to Armenian Lent
http://www.ianyanmag.com/2010/02/21/the-khohanotz-a-vegan-guide-to-armenian-lent/

Rituals, traditions and etiquette has several recipes

Check out my favorite Armenian kitchen blog - Celebration of a heritage of Armenian cooking


Here is list of some Armenian cooking books to help you with your healthy Mediterranean diet:

I have this one and I refer to it often: Complete Armenian Cookbook Hardcover by Alice Bezjian: The Middle Eastern recipes in Mrs. Bezjian's book are not easily found in other cookbooks. I had not anywhere encountered a recipe for Ayesh-el-Sa-raya, a bread baked in syrup and topped with clotted cream. There is even a workable recipe for lokoom, a fruit paste, for which I had been searching for years. There are Armenian dishes which may perhaps surprise many Armenians, such as paska, the Russian-Armenian Easter bread, snail shaped fritters with syrup, or a pudding made with chicken breasts. Certainly, any Westerner will be fascinated with the variety, as I was.


Armenian Vegan: A Pure Vegan Cookbook With 200+ Recipes Using No Animal Products Paperback – December 3, 2013 by Dikranouhi Kirazian. Armenian Vegan: A Pure Vegan Cookbook With 200+ Recipes Using No Animal Products Ready to enter a whole new world of nourishing meals? Need a break from steak? Eager to taste the culinary treasures of Armenian hospitality? Armenian Vegan invites you to do all three, in the comfort of your own kitchen. All the meals (and snacks!) are here: Breakfast, Soups, Salads, delicious Entrees, Breads, Desserts, and more—all carefully chosen and offered from the great tradition of meatless Armenian meals. Included are all your favorites: Stuffed Grape Leaves, Rice and Bulghour Pilaf, Vegetable Medleys, Paklava, Hearty Breads--all given with carefully chosen ingredients and easy-to-follow preparations. In addition to all the Classic Armenian vegan recipes, author Dikranouhi Kirazian adds her own delightful touches to these favorites--and to new recipes she herself has created. The results are meals that are healthful, easy to prepare, and appealing to all Vegans. Armenian Vegan will open up a whole new world of culinary delight -- meals that will satisfy discriminating tastes and motivate you to add your own creative touches. Whatever and whoever you’re preparing for, these recipes will be a joy to make and a delight to your family and friends. Welcome to Armenian Vegan!
The online website is at: www.armenianvegan.com


The Recipes of Musa Dagh - an Armenian cookbook in a dialect of its own Paperback – February 13, 2009 by Alberta Magzanian (Author), Anna Magzanian (Author), Louisa Magzanian (Author: The Armenians living in villages on the mountain of Musa Dagh, Syria had a cuisine that was distinct from the traditional cooking of Armenians throughout the rest of of the Middle East. This book preserves the recipes from that area, a small Armenian homeland that the residents evacuated in 1939 when it was transferred from Syria to Turkey. Three sisters have teamed up to produce this wonderful cookbook that provides the recipes as taught to them by their mother and tell the stories of the village where they lived as youngsters.


Kessab: Recipes from My Childhood Hardcover by Zevart Keshishian (Author). A healthy compilation of delicious recipes from a small Armenian village in Northern Syria. Armenian recipes indigenous to the region of Kessab. All recipes include colorful illustrations. The Armenians living in villages on the mountain of Musa Dagh, Syria had a cuisine that was distinct from the traditional cooking of Armenians throughout the rest of of the Middle East. This book preserves the recipes from that area, a small Armenian homeland that the residents evacuated in 1939 when it was transferred from Syria to Turkey. Three sisters have teamed up to produce this wonderful cookbook that provides the recipes as taught to them by their mother and tell the stories of the village where they lived as youngsters.

Armenian Cuisine Hardcover – December 1, 2011by Kamakian Aline Drieskens Barbara (Author): Over 130 of the most popular and delicious Armenian recipes are contained in this book. It is packed with aromatic flavours and ingredients that are combined in clearly described recipes to make spicy and subtle, mouth-watering authentic dishes. Aline, passionate cook and co-owner of Mayrig restaurant, travelled with writer and anthropologist Barbara to her homeland Cilicia where many of these recipes originated. There they gathered stories, recipes and vibrant images that add to the rich history of passing on, from mother to daughter, a whole culture through food. Armenian cuisine is illustrated throughout and is peppered with anecdotes and tips that make it more than just a cookbook.

Armenian Food: Fact, Fiction & Folklore Paperback by Irina Petrosian: Food is a portal to Armenia's past and present-day culture. This culinary journey across the land called Hayastan presents the rich history, wondrous legends, and fact-filled stories of Armenian cuisine. Authors Irina Petrosian and David Underwood take readers on a memorable tour of Armenia by way of the kitchen. What ancient Armenian fable warned against genetically-altered food? What little-known Armenian fruit may have helped Noah on the ark? What was the diet of David of Sassoun, the legendary Armenian Hercules? What was the influence of the Soviet Union on the food ways of Armenia? What strange and exotic fruits and herbs are sold in Armenia's markets? Why do Armenians go to cemeteries to "feed" the dead? What role did coffee play in Armenian marriage rituals? If you are curious about one of the world's most ancient cultures, or are contemplating a trip to Armenia, don't miss the chance to read this book.

Simply Armenian: Naturally Healthy Ethnic Cooking Made Easy Paperback by Barbara Ghazarian: Now home cooks can try more than 150 fail-proof Armenian favorites without investing lots of time and effort. With a dash of history, a pinch of nostalgia, and a splash of wit, Ghazarian reveals the secrets of this naturally healthy, olive oil-based cuisine. Delicate line drawings accent clear, easy to follow instructions. This book captures the soul of this ancient yet astonishingly modern ethnic cuisine.

Armenian Recipes [Kindle Edition]Sarkis Paparian

Treasured Armenian Recipes Spiral-bound by Armenian General Benevolent Union Detroit Women's Chapter (Author): Arranged according to categories, from appetizers to desserts, these recipes will conjure up memories to many and awaken others to the pleasures of Armenian cooking.

Armenian Family Favorite Recipes Paperback – July 16, 2011 by Aida Sarkisian:
Food and its preparation are the essential parts of Armenian culture. Old Armenian recipes have been passed down from generation to next, from mother to daughter. In this book most recipes have been passed down from my mother. There are also international recipes in this book, along with my own recipes. Arranged by category, from appetizers to desserts, these recipes can bring more variety to everyday menus and add special flavors for family gathering and holiday events.

Pari akhorjag or anoush ella (in Armenian) = Bon apetit (French) = Enjoy = Sahtein!
And to the great cook, once you are done enjoying the exceptional Armenian feast, you would say "Tzerkerout Talar"

UPDATE: April 2, 2017

I found this great Armenian recipes link and sharing with you: http://www.eilee.net/recipes/vegetarian/armenian_veg.html

Here is yet another great article regarding Armenian recipes and turkish words (see the comments section of this article by readers) http://www.thearmeniankitchen.com/2010/01/its-really-best-not-to-speak-while.html

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