the weather? A steaming bowl of dushbara is just what the doctor
ordered. Dushbara is a soup made with tiny dumplings stuffed
with lamb, which look much like tiny ravioli. The comforting
broth, flavored with fried onion, cilantro, mint and dried sour
cherry-plums, may be served with gutabs as a first course (See
Gutab). At the table, one may add vinegar mixed with finely chopped
garlic-two basic ingredients that are believed to assist in recovery
from a cold.
Each dumpling in the dushbara is carefully shaped by hand by
placing a pinch of minced lamb into a small square of dough,
folding the dough in half to make a triangle and then pinching
the two ends of the dough together. Making the dumplings is a
time-consuming process. For a large family, a cook must prepare
hundreds of dumplings, just for a single meal! It's impossible
to try to cheat by making fewer, dumplings that are larger. If
the dumplings are too thick, they won't cook and will remain
raw in the middle.
From Azerbaijan International (8.3) Autumn 2000.
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