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Cilician Armenia


Mock SU BEUREG, Spinach + Cheese Pie | SPANAKHOV BANRADZAGH

 

Su-Borek is a savory cheese pie made with lasagna-like sheets of dough.  In this simple recipe, a spinach and Feta cheese filling is sandwiched between layers of store-bought phyllo dough.

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Mantabour | Armenian Yogurt and Dumpling Soup

 

Manti are tiny ring shaped tortellini-like dumplings (agantch, in Armenian) that are either baked or boiled like pasta.  Tanabour, Madzoon Abour or Spas is a classic soup made with yogurt; but traditionally made with dried buttermilk.  Once combined together it turns into a one-dish meal better known as Mantabour.

 

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Copy-Cat Manti | Phyllo Dough Roses with Yoghurt + Chili Oil

 

Manti is a type of dumpling made with unleavened pastry dough and filled with minced lamb or beef.  It can be prepared a number of ways, which I will cover in future posts.  This recipe for phyllo dough roses, or rosettes, is meant to mimic the experience of savoring manti without all the hustle and bustle of making it.  But why roses one might ask?  Because rolls are not pretty enough!

According to some researchers, manti first reached Cilician Armenia as a result of the cultural interaction between Armenians and Mongols during their alliance in the 13th century.  However, some researchers do not discount the possibility that manti may have originated in the Mid East and spread eastward to Korea and China through the Silk Road (source).

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