Traditional Azerbaijani Dushbara: A Culinary Journey

A Taste of Azerbaijan: Dushbara

Delve into Azerbaijani cuisine with the traditional dish of Dushbara. These delicate little dumplings filled with spiced meat are served in a clear, soothing broth. This intricate soup is not only a taste treat but also a wonderful representation of the care and culture that goes into Azerbaijani cooking.


  • For the Dumplings:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup warm water (as needed)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200 grams ground lamb or beef
  • 1 small onion, finely minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mint
  • For the Broth:
  • 1.5 liters of water
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 carrot, cut into large chunks
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh herbs, such as cilantro or dill, for garnish


  1. Begin by making the dumpling dough. In a bowl, combine flour, egg, salt, and gradually add warm water. Knead into a firm dough, and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  2. While the dough rests, prepare the filling. Mix the ground meat with minced onion, salt, pepper, and dried mint until well-combined.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface as thinly as possible. Cut into small squares of about 1×1 cm.
  4. Place a small amount of the filling (about the size of a pea) into the center of each square. Fold the dough over the filling to create a triangle and pinch the edges to seal, ensuring there’s no air trapped inside. Then, join the two opposite corners of the triangle and pinch together to make the traditional dumpling shape.
  5. To prepare the broth, bring water to boil in a large pot. Add quartered onion, carrot chunks, and garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes for flavors to infuse.
  6. Strain the broth, discarding the solids, and return the clear broth to the pot. Bring it back to simmer.
  7. Gently drop the dumplings into the simmering broth and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until they rise to the surface and are cooked through.
  8. Once the dumplings are cooked, serve hot in bowls, garnished with freshly chopped herbs.


For an authentic Azerbaijani touch, sprinkle some dried mint and sumac on top before serving. Dushbara is typically enjoyed with a side of vinegar or sour cream and a sprinkle of garlic-infused vinegar for those who like an extra tangy taste.

Enjoy Your Dushbara!

Enjoy your homemade Dushbara with family and friends as you savor a dish that brings a piece of Azerbaijani tradition to your table. Bon Appétit!

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