GOYERTI QUTABI (HERB QUTABS)
Qutabs (or Kutabs) is a traditional dish of Azerbaijani origins that is made from thin rolled dough that is stuffed with various fillings, and fried over a flat iron plate called “Sadj”, or on a frying pan. There are several variations of this dish, but the ingredients included in the dough are relatively consistent with all types of Qutabs and include eggs, salt, water and flour as the main components. After the dough is created using the main ingredients, the mixture is thinly rolled out and cut into circles. The circles of dough are then filled with traditional Qutabs filling, such as ground meat mixed with onion, chopped herbs, or pumpkin mixed with pomegranate.
For cooking Herb Qutabs you will need the following Ingredients:
Herbs – ½ bunch of spinach, ½ b. of Cilantro, ½ b. of Dill, ½ b. of Mint, ½ b. of Onion greens
Flour – 2 cups (add more if needed)
Water – 1/2 cup
Egg – 1
Salt -1/3 tsp
Yeast (optional) – ½ tsp
Dissolve the yeast in a little warm water and mix with flour, egg and salt. Knead the dough, cover and leave for 20-30 minutes.
You can make your dough without yeast, like dough for dumplings. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the egg, salt and water, and start kneading the dough until it is elastic. Set aside for 20 minutes to rest.
Prepare the stuffing.
Wash and dry all herbs. Chop them not too finely, and season with salt.
Divide and form the dough into the size of golf balls. Roll out each ball into thin circles, approximately 1-2 mm thick. Spread the stuffing on a half of each circle, place a small peace of butter on herbs, fold and cover the stuffing with the other half of circle.
Place qutabs on the heated frying pan, and cook both sides, over a medium heat, until the brown spots appear on qutabs. Do not use oil or butter during cooking your herb qutabs.
Place the cooked qutabs on the plate, and brush with butter while they are still hot. Serve Herb Qutabs with yogurt.
Bon Appétit! Enjoy!
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