Azerbaijan International

 Autumn 2000 (8.3)

Head 'n Shins


If the dish "kallapacha" had a sign on it, it would read, "For men only." Azerbaijani women tend to turn up their noses at this exotic gelatinous dish made of lamb's head and shins , which stews all night long. To be fair, let's just say that you do have to develop a taste for this dish to appreciate it!

Kallapacha is usually served on early wintry mornings at special restaurants. It's often a tradition for friends to meet at the bathhouse and after relaxing in the sauna to get out and enjoy kallapacha with vodka. Lamb's tongue and brain may also be added to this stew. Crushed raw garlic and vinegar often accompany this dish.


From Azerbaijan International (8.3) Autumn 2000.
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