Azerbaijan International

 Autumn 2000 (8.3)

Stuffed Chicken


On major holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, you wouldn't be surprised to find a huge stuffed turkey on the dining table in many countries in the Western world. In Azerbaijan, very special occasions like weddings, birthday parties or family gatherings merit a dish that's equally spectacular - lavangi. Indigenous to the Lankaran-Talysh region near the Iranian border, lavangi may be stuffed fish or chicken.

Before the dish is cooked, it may be stuffed with rice, walnuts, pomegranate seeds, raisins, fried onion and a variety of dried fruit. This dish is baked in the oven and presented on a large platter with the stuffing still intact inside. As it is rather delicate to handle, the host typically serves each guest a portion of the chicken or fish along with the stuffing. Though Lavangi comprises the main entrée, various other dishes will also be served.


From Azerbaijan International (8.3) Autumn 2000.
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