“Churek” or pita is one of the main products in Azerbaijan. It is also known as lavash or Caucasian bread. In Azerbaijan it is made near numerous small shops and it is always tasty and healthy. Outside Baku, the capital of the country, it is baked right along the roads.
The main attribute for the baking process is a tandoor, it is a clay dome with an open top, often cemented from outside for strength.
The dough is rather simple, it is made from water, wheat flour, salt, yeast.
When the dough grows enough it is used for making portion cakes.
This is a tandoor.
All this stands right at the road.
First of all the tandoor is to be heated well.
They use ordinary wooden chips.
Then it is moistured from inside in order cakes do not stick.
Right before the baking they moisten the tandoor walls with salt water.
The cakes are covered with a mixture of water, starch and sesame seed.
The dough sticks to the wall of the tandoor.
Then the tandoor is covered.
The final stage is to clean the bread from the excessive “tan”.
This hot, fresh and tasty bread is perfect for any table!