Circassian Cuisine in Jordan – Nart Pshegubj

تاريخ النشر على الموقع 21/04/2016

nNart Mohammed Khair Pshegubj, MBA
Twitter: @pshegubj

Circassians and the Circassian Society in Jordan

The Circassian society of Amman was established in the late 19th century and since then Circassians have continuously contributed to modern Jordan and the society.

Circassians originally inhabited the Caucasus region, but in the 19th century the Russian empire committed a genocide against them and expelled the majority of them from their homeland into lands of the Ottoman empire.

Circassian horsemanship in Transjordan, April 1921 Source: www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/matpc.02310/

Circassian horsemanship in Transjordan, April 1921
Source: www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/matpc.02310/

In this post I will try to highlight the main elements of the Circassian cuisine, yet please keep in mind that there are many other dishes and sorts of dessert that I will leave for you to discover (e.g. Jash Pit, Laqom, Zatej..)

Ships pasta:

This is the main dish in the Circassian cuisine, Ships is a thick dipping that consists of walnuts, roasted flour, chicken stock and garlic, while Pasta consists of burgul and rice, mashed and shaped into blocks. The dish is usually served with chicken.

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Haleva:

Haleva is fried thin dough that comes either stuffed with potato or Circassian cheese and is best served with tea.

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Where from to order these sorts of food?

Samawer, a gourmet kitchen and a small a restaurant that offers a variety of Circassian cuisine dishes (open from 9 till 7).

Address: Close to the 7th circle and the driving training centre of the royal automobile club, Yazeed Al-Asadi street, GPS coordinates (31.962756, 35.852622)
Telephone: 06-5814818

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Alternatively, feel free to check this list of home-base businesses within the society, all of them prepare dishes of Circassian cuisine and some of them even offer delivery service.

Adygea kitchen 077-695-2025
Fadia kitchen 077-953-6257
Qofabz kitchen 077-212-1207
Tamara kitchen 077-975-6169
Mama Sireen kitchen 079-681-7677
Laila kitchen 077-729-5476
Hanada kitchen 077-799-3201

Circassian Cheese

The cheese is made of cow milk, in Circassian it is called ‘Mata Qway’. Some friends say it tastes like feta cheese. It can be found at:

•Ra’ed supermarket
Address: Main street leading from 8th Circle to Wadi Sir (Husni Souber street), opposite to the post office, building of the Islamic bank
Telephone: 078-545-6006

•Tamby supermarket
Address: Main street leading from 8th Circle to Wadi Sir, then turn left (Husain Khawaja street)
Telephone: 06-583-3046

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Deserts

Although not Circassian in specific, but rather associated with the Caucasus, Napoleon cake and walnut shaped cookies are popular across the society.

Both are also available at Tamby supermarket.
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