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Azerbaijani community in Donetsk cooks record-setting pilaff

11 October 2010 [15:13] - TODAY.AZ
Ukraine set another culinary record in Donetsk on October 9.
But this time, instead of the usual giant sandwiches with bacon, the record-setter was a traditional oriental dish.

Azerbaijani community in Donetsk organized a magnificent festival of national cuisine, the apotheosis of which was preparation of the main pride of Azerbaijani cuisine - "Shah" pilaff (pilaff in bread).

All the guests who came on Saturday to the record-setting ceremony at “777” restaurant were met by girls in Ukrainian national costumes who interspersed rose petals on guests’ way.

While “Shah” dish was being cooked, the guests were entertained by virtuoso barmen. One of them just amazed the public, juggling three bottles of liquor, throwing them between the legs.

"Please help yourself! This is all the gifts of the Caspian Sea," said hosts welcoming the guests. Gifts of the Caspian Sea were simply magnificent. The guests were offered to taste the baked sturgeon, red and black caviar, and all sorts of delicious meals, according to

And when record-setting pilaf was brought in, all met the chefs with applause. Only one look at this masterpiece was enough to understand that it was prepared by a true master.

42-year-old chef Muttalib Novruzov, who worked with his assistant over the pilaff for about 12 hours, said what he needed to cook the 27-kilogram record.

"The pilaff took 7 kg basmati rice, 7 kg of beef, 64 pita, 10 kg of fruit (dried apricots, raisins, sultanas, prunes, dates), and 3 kg of butter, saffron for color and flavor and salt. Normal Azerbaijani family usually makes this dish up to a maximum of two kilograms, while we decided to cook record-setting pilaf," Novruzov, a cook with 20 years of experience, said proudly.

Besides celebrations, weddings and festivals, pilaf is also served in commemoration events in Azerbaijan. It is believed that, having prepared pilaff on the occasion of the funeral, they most highly venerate the memory of the deceased and render him the last honors.


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