Kuymak dished out on a spoon
TypeCheese dish
Place of originTurkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran
Region or stateBlack Sea region
Main ingredientsMinci or Golot cheese, cornmeal Or Wheat flour , cream (or butter), water
Cheese dish in a copper pan
Kuymak in a sahan

Kuymak is a dish popular in West Asia and the Caucasus. Its primary ingredients are corn meal and cheese.[1] It is typically served with bread and a spoon.[2] In Azerbaijani language, it is called Quymaq. In Iran it is referred to as Kāchi penir(Persian: کاچی پنیر).[3]

Similar dishes

Muhlama, also referred to as "mıhlama", is a similar dish.[4]

The Pontic Greeks, who originate from the Black Sea region, make a dish similar to kuymak; theirs is called Χαβίτς (pnt), which can be Romanized as chavítz, havítz or khavítz.[5][6][7] Chavítz, like kuymak, is made with butter, cornmeal, cheese, water or milk, and salt. It might also include yogurt, honey, or bacon.[8][9][10][11] Cooked cornmeal sometimes goes by the same name.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Swan, S. (2012). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey. EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDES. DK Publishing. p. 369. ISBN 978-0-7566-9318-3. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  2. ^ Liljegren, Katherine. "1 foods you have to try in Turkey's Black Sea region". Matadornetwork.com, Feb 04, 2016. Retrieved Feb 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Alkan, Sena. "A traditional Black Sea treat: Mıhlama". Daily Sabah, Nov 26, 2016. Retrieved Feb 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Campbell, V. (2007). Turkey. Country Guides. Lonely Planet. p. 556. ISBN 978-1-74104-556-7. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Verbrugghe, Gerald P (1999). "Transliteration or Transcription of Greek". The Classical World. JSTOR: Johns Hopkins University Press. 92 (6): 511. doi:10.2307/4352343.
  6. ^ "Guide to Greek Usage in Cataloging". Princeton University Library's Cataloguing Documentation. 2010.
  7. ^ United States Board on Geographic Names and the Permanent Committee on Geographical Names for British Official Use (October 2017). "Romanization of Greek" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Chavítz". Pontos News (in Greek). September 26, 2012.
  9. ^ "Recipe for Chavítz". Lelevose (in Greek). August 4, 2020.
  10. ^ Theodoridou, Despina. "Chavítz". Club of Veria (in Greek).
  11. ^ "Chavítz". Pontiaka (in Greek).
  12. ^ Dimitris Vasiloudis (April 20, 2019). "Chavítz or Katsamaki". vDimitris (in Greek).