Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman?

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2004/10/05 12:28:52 (permalink)

Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman?

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? 2004/10/05 12:44:23 (permalink)
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    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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    RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? 2004/10/05 12:47:34 (permalink)
    I believe it is just cumin.
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    RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? 2004/10/05 13:30:18 (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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    RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? 2004/10/05 14:26:40 (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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    RE: Recipe for Armenian Spice: Chaman? 2004/10/05 14:29:11 (permalink)
    And, of course, here we say: "Please don't squeeze the chaman!"
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