Stuffed Fish & Chicken, Wilderness Cooking in Village of Lankaran | Traditional Food of Azerbaijan
I've never harvested Kiwis in my life I wouldn't be comfortable until I squeeze this lemon Dried plum, some vegetables Vegetables, dried plum, butter & meatballs Dr. Raheel, how was the surgery? Yeah it was successful Assalam-o-Alaikum, I'm Zia Tabarak and it's a beautiful, cloudy morning in Baku The weather's cold and today we're traveling from Baku to Lankaran Lankaran is a small, beautiful city in Azerbaijan We're going to stay at Lankaran Springs Resort which is a beautiful, luxurious resort and we'll have a special dinner there as well This journey is going to be a memorable one It takes 3 hours to reach Lankaran from Baku We'll start our journey & move toward Lankaran So Let's Go! We have stopped at the highway This is the highway of Baku There's this supermarket on the highway We're going to buy some snacks from here Are these Halal? Let's take this We should try new flavors Yeah but we need something spicy Let's take this too They have other items here too Hotdogs, buns, items for breakfast They've got nuts too Oh! Brothers, Pakistani brothers Please give me these and how much for these nuts? 4 Manats Are these chips halal? Yeah, definitely It should be written somewhere here These packs of chips are 3.50 Manats each It means it's around Rs. 350 to 400 Things are a little bit expensive here or you can say that our currency has devalued a lot I bought these nuts too for 4 Manats 4 Manats is around Rs. 500 This river right here is the "Kur River" and it flows from Turkey to Georgia & Azerbaijan & flows into the Caspian Sea When we were coming here, there was greenery and as we're moving further, the trees are turning yellow due to the changing weather and in Lankaran, where we're going right now, will have tropical weather It's a beautiful scene We've reached Lankaran and we've first come to Citrus Valley Citrus Valley means all the citrus fruits like Lemon, Orange, Kiwi, Sweet Orange, etc all are in this Citrus Valley Lankaran is a beautiful mountain region and it's really cold here as well because it just rained here This cat is looking at this We're at Citrus Valley and they've all these harvested fruits here What's this? Lemon These are some big lemons Oh, these are Sweet Oranges It feels like they're straight out of a freezer Yeah they're so cold This is Pumpkin Jam What's this? Try it, I'm trying to find its name It's sweet & sour The entry ticket for this beautiful citrus valley is 2 Manats Baskets are hanging here You can go in & harvest fruits come back & give them the basket, they'll weigh it and give you a price according to the weight of the fruits Our tea is here and with that, they've served these jams Kiwi Jam Something sweet is always served with Qahwa especially jam or sugar cubes Kiwi Jam All these jams are really sweet I don't like Pumpkins, but its jam tastes completely different They're preparing some food here We'll try Levengi here Levengi is a traditional local food of Azerbaijan They've lit up the fire and there's this huge chimney on top because they cook all their food on wood She looks like the master chef here They have a lot of ingredients here Butter, salt & their local spices This is ground coriander & garlic and a few other things, walnuts too These are eggs & something else and this is the chicken that will be stuffed These are all the citrus fruits These are eggplants & oil and some fruits there as well and the fire is right here Today we're going to prepare Levengi One of the most popular food in Azerbaijan and in Lankaran This is a paste of mashed Cherry Plums and she also added Red Pepper We'll now stuff the Levengi inside the chicken Our chicken is now ready They'll put it inside this tandoor once it reaches the right temperature She prepared Levengi & completely stuffed the chicken with it This is stuffed chicken & we saw the whole process It'll be made with chicken, eggplants & omelette She just told us that these eggplants are first cut in half & boiled They put some salt on it & it looks like this after it's boiled It'll then be stuffed with the Levengi & some spices & it'll be ready Our chicken is now inside the tandoor It'll be cooked for about 1.5 hours in steam
They've sealed this entire tandoor Our omelette is also almost ready and these eggplants are almost ready as well That lady is the owner of the Citrus Valley and she cooked all the food Thank you so much There are so many Kiwis here You have to crouch down to go through here because these trees are very low I've never harvested Kiwis in my life This is my first time There are all kinds of citrus fruits here and it's really cold We can't stay outside for much longer Let's go inside, our food must be ready It looks really red Yeah but it must be very tasty It looks really tender I want to try it one more time Here's our chicken Our food is here Chicken & everything, I've made my plate here and we can't wait to try it I'll try plain Levengi with Rice first Levengi with rice tastes good Plain rice are a little bland Their food is mostly like that but Levengi is a different thing Let's taste this with chicken This tastes good with chicken The meat has absorbed the juice of all the spices and really aromatic I'm a rice lover so I'll have it with that Let's try it with this sandwich too We first had it with herbs, this is with Levengi Let's try these eggplants now What do you call this? Bademjan Bademjan Levengi After chicken I like this Bademjan Levengi Rice to me tastes like our Khichdi For me, Chicken is on 1st, Bademjan 2nd & Kuku on 3rd Really delicious, and we really enjoyed it We'll finish our food & leave for our hotel because we've been out since morning So we'll check in & rest for a while We've reached Lankaran Springs Resort It looks really beautiful We'll properly look at this place in the morning Our room is 717 I took some rest & I'm now going down to the lobby Our team is waiting down there, we're going to eat something The chef is making something special for us, let's see what it is Everyone's here, we're now going up to the 9th floor I saw this here & in Baku as well that they celebrate every festival is celebrated in a grand manner I can see Christmas trees & jingle bells everywhere here Is it raining? Yeah Hygiene first This is very small for me Yeah this is so tight They've given us lab coats & we're going in the kitchen Man you look like Salman Khan This is with Walnut Eggplant with garlic Fish Pulao Dr. Raheel, how was the surgery? Yeah it was successful Our fish, pulao & chicken are here Is this stuffed? Yeah, with Levengi This is Levengi stuffed fish This is also with Levengi? Yeah I wouldn't be comfortable until I squeeze this lemon Lemon & Narsharab on this fish (Pomegranate Sauce) This isn't alcohol, it's a special pomegranate sauce Our fish is here Pumpkin Pulao with Steamed Fish and Chicken Levengi I'll take some rice with this steamed fish Our chef is here This is the Levengi that it's stuffed with They use special fish with Levengi called "Kutum" which is found only in the Caspian Sea That is what's used for Levengi I'll taste it with some rice I had squeezed some lemon on this The fish is amazing The fish tastes good with rice, lemon & the Narsharab This Narsharab isn't alcoholic They say "Fish without Narsharab" whenever they're referring to something bad It means that Narsharab with fish is a must Pomegranates are sour & they've served some separately as well This is Desi Chicken I'm just going to taste this as is Desi Chicken, Levengi & Rice And some Kuku, Walnut Kuku This is Walnut Kuku which we tried in lunch too This entire meal consists of traditional dishes Especially these Tursh Kabab, I have to try these out Tursh Kabab is basically made from meatballs It has a little bit of sourness Vegetables, dried plum, butter & meatballs Amazing combination Lankaran Springs Resort is a 5-star resort You can come here to try out the food even if you're not staying here You can come here on the 9th floor to try all this I believe that if you're in a new place and not trying their local dishes then there's no point going there These local dishes of Azerbaijan are simply amazing So with this amazing local food of Azerbaijan we conclude today's video I really enjoyed today & I hope you all enjoyed the video too If you enjoyed then please Subscribe to the channel & Like the video and remember me in your prayers I'll see you all in the next episode Take Care, Allah Hafiz!