This week’s menu features an authentic Armenian rice pilaf served alongside Chicken Dzhash by Carolyn, an Armenian-American from Fresno, California.
03.23.20 – 03.26.20
braised with leeks, mushrooms, lemon, yogurt, herbs, & spices
*plant-based option: large White Mushrooms
Carolyn’s Armenian Rice Pilaf
with a topping of dried fruits & nuts
Fresh Armenian Vegetable Salad
tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, herbs & bulgur wheat with a lemon & olive oil dressing on the side
Armenian tradition runs deep with rice pilaf! Curious Table is serving you this week an authentic Armenian rice pilaf served alongside Chicken Dzhash braised with leeks and mushrooms and a fresh Armenian vegetable salad–comforting, authentic, and perfect for sharing at home! Vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options available.
Our friend Carolyn taught us how to make her wonderful and authentic Armenian rice pilaf with rice, vermicelli, herb, spices, and dried fruits. Rice pilaf is a common dish that stretches from Indian biryani to Spanish paella. But one of the most replicated versions cooked in the home comes from Armenia, which stands out uniquely for the vermicelli pasta, orzo or bulgur wheat often including in the dish. Did you know that Rice-a-Roni–“The San Francisco Treat!”–was inspired by Armenian immigrant Pailadzo Captanian? She served this favorite family recipe to a friend whose husband then used his pasta company to introduce Rice-a-Roni to the nation in 1958!
Carolyn is an Armenian-American from Fresno, California–the oldest Armenian community in the US stretching back to the 1870s when immigrants from the Armenian diaspora arrived to farm the fertile land of the Central Valley. In the US today, there are over one half million Armenian-Americans, mostly located in California making it the third-largest Armenian community on earth! Since Armenian immigrants were dispersed across the Caucasus, Middle East, and Southern Europe, Armenian-American cuisine has many different influences–strong tradition cultivated in the home with lots of fresh ingredients, hearty dishes, and wonderful slightly spiced herb-infused flavors!
This Week’s Meal Inspired By Carolyn, an Armenian-American
From Fresno, California