experienceGanja's local cuisine
Ganja blends an ancient history and youthful energy, but it is no less interesting from a culinary perspective – the region has several of its own special desserts and dishes. Unlike its Baku counterpart, Ganja’s version of pakhlava is lighter in colour and baked on a copper tray over a campfire. It’s extremely tender and has a taste exuding hints of roses and saffron that melt in your mouth. Of the region’s other specialties, during a trip to Ganja don’t miss trying: Ganja dovga, a yoghurt-based soup with herbs and veg such as mint, spinach and celery; keta which are meat or herb qutabs with white cheese; and of course, shah (king) pilaf, a rice dish resembling a massive pie packed with meat, dried fruit and onions and baked with a covering of lavash flatbread.