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 Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman?

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ChowChow

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Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? Tue, 10/5/04 12:28 PM (permalink)
I am trying my hand at cooking some Armenian dishes and have come across recipes that call for the spice mixture called chaman. Anyone have a clue as to what it consists of?
 
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    Michael Hoffman

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    RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? Tue, 10/5/04 12:44 PM (permalink)
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    Originally posted by ChowChow

    I am trying my hand at cooking some Armenian dishes and have come across recipes that call for the spice mixture called chaman. Anyone have a clue as to what it consists of?

    I believe it's carroway.
     
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      Grampy

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      RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? Tue, 10/5/04 12:47 PM (permalink)
      I believe it is just cumin.
       
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        zataar

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        RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? Tue, 10/5/04 1:30 PM (permalink)
        Chaman is also a spice blend containing carroway, cumin and fenugreek and near east red pepper I believe. It's the blend that's part of the curing process for bastyrma, a spicy dry cured meat that is served with mezze. The armenian kind is the best and highest quality, but it is an acquired taste.
         
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          Michael Hoffman

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          RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? Tue, 10/5/04 2:26 PM (permalink)
          Hey Grampy, it looks as if we were both almost right. Of course, in India chaman is cottage cheese cooked in something yellow, and in Pakistan is's a border town.
           
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            Grampy

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            RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? Tue, 10/5/04 2:29 PM (permalink)
            And, of course, here we say: "Please don't squeeze the chaman!"
             
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