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What are popular Armenian dishes

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It is hard to imagine a visit to Armenia without traditional Armenian cuisine with popular Armenian food. In fact, it is so tasty that many tourists complain that they have gained weight, but later claim that it is worth it. Finding a place to taste Armenian food is not difficult. Many local restaurants and cafes, as well as food delivery companies will help you find your menu. In addition to Armenian dishes, there are many cafes in Yerevan offering international cuisine, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Syrian, Lebanese and others.

Khorovats, or Armenian barbecue.

There are no family gatherings or celebrations in Armenia without the famous Armenian kebab. In addition to being different from any other barbecue, khorovats is considered an Armenian heritage. Fathers teach the art of barbecue (khorovats) to their sons. In September, the annual barbecue festival is held in Akhtala, Tavush region.


Tolma consists of meat, rice and onions rolled in fresh young grape leaves. This Armenian dish is often eaten with matsun and garlic. In the New Year, not a single Armenian family can do without tolma on the festive table.

Armenian lavash.

Lavash is a common type of bread in Armenia, which is very much loved by both locals and foreigners. It is a soft, thin, unleavened bread cooked in a tandoor. The process of making lavash is an integral part of Armenian culture and cuisine. Recall that lavash, along with its method of preparation, the meaning and type of traditional bread, is included in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as an expression of culture in Armenia.


Harissa is a thick porridge made from split wheat and fatty meat, usually chicken or lamb. The cooking process is not fast, usually takes about 5 hours, and is an integral part of the Armenian tradition. Harissa also has her own holiday celebrated in September in Musaler, near Yerevan.


Spas is the most favorite soup of all Armenians. This is a kefir soup stuffed with peeled wheat and herbs. This white soup is really delicious.

Jingyalov hats.

Jingyalov hats is a kind of flatbread stuffed with various herbs that grow in Armenia. Although you can find flatbread in Yerevan, this dish is traditionally from Artsakh. If you go on a trip to Artsakh, then you just need to try these cakes.


Before moving on to sweets, let’s recall the strangest, but also the most favorite breakfast dish in Armenia – this is khash. This is a dish of boiled beef legs and the locals like to eat it with dried pita bread, garlic and vodka. Gathering at the table for khash is a well-known Armenian tradition.


It’s time for dessert. Gata is an Armenian pastry or sweet bread. It can take on many shapes, sizes, and its decorated versions are quite attractive. Gata is generally the number one “brand” most loved by tourists in Armenia. There is also a tradition to place coins in the gata before baking, and whoever finds the coins is lucky. Tourists usually buy a gata near the Geghard Monastery, a popular tourist destination in Armenia.

Sweet sujukh.

This Armenian dessert adorns all the markets of Yerevan. It is present at all fairs near tourist destinations in Armenia. This is a delicious dessert made from walnuts and condensed grape juice. Many tourists take sujukh from Armenia even as a souvenir.

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