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Shashlyk is a dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat that is known traditionally, by various other names, in the Caucasus and Central Asia.[1][2]

The following dishes and beverages are part of the cuisine of the Caucasus, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and North Caucasus.

Traditional dishes


Circassian cheese

Some popular cheeses from the Caucasus include:

Ossetian cheese


Adjarian khachapuri

Starters and snacks

Ajapsandali (Georgian version)



Main courses

Fish based Lavangi

Condiments and sauces



Armenian lavash



Murabba (Mürəbbə / Մուրաբա / მურაბა)Jam made traditionally in Transcaucasia with local fruits such as cherry, strawberry, raspberry, apricot, fig, watermelon, etc., but also from walnuts.






See also


  1. ^ Pokhlebkin, William Vasilyevich (2004) [1978]. Natsionalnye kukhni nashikh narodov (Национальные кухни наших народов) [National Cuisines of Our Peoples] (in Russian). Moskva: Tsentrpoligraf. ISBN 5-9524-0718-8.
  2. ^ Culture and Life. Union of Soviet Societies for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries. 1982 – via Google Books. The Russian term, shashlik, has an interesting etymology: it would seem natural for the word to be borrowed from one of the Caucasian languages. But no, the Georgian for it is mtsvadi, the Azerbaijani, kebab. Shashlik is a Zaporozhye Cossack coinage from the Crimean Tatar sheesh (spit), brought to Russia in the 18th century, after Field-Marshal Mienich's Crimean campaign. Prior to the 18th century, the dish was called verchenoye, from the Russian vertel, spit.
  3. ^ Petrosian, I.; Underwood, D. (2006). Armenian Food: Fact, Fiction & Folklore. Armenian Research Center collection. Yerkir Publishing. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-4116-9865-9. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  4. ^ Williams, S. (2015). The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook, Volume II: Complete Meals from Around the World. Taylor & Francis. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-135-04008-6. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  5. ^ Goldstein, D. (2013). The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia. University of California Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-520-27591-1. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. ^ Barile, S.; Espejo, R.; Perko, I.; Saviano, M. (2018). Cybernetics and Systems: Social and Business Decisions. Routledge-Giappichelli Systems Management. Taylor & Francis. p. pt111. ISBN 978-0-429-94460-4. Retrieved 11 December 2019.

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