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Where’s Steven this Week?

Where’s Steven This Week?

We’ll give you a hint. It’s in an oil rich former Soviet Republic on the Caspian Sea–Baku, Azerbaijan. Steven went there to research Azeri grilling (more on that below) and wound up being interviewed on Azeri TV!

Azeris also love grilled vegetables–which are grilled on a grate-less grill called a mangal.

Even tandoori chicken gets in the act, although the Azeri version is quite different than the Indian tandoori you may be accustomed to. The spicing is much simpler–mainly turmeric, garlic, salt, pepper, and oil. Here Azeri grill master and TV chef, Mekhmen Huseynov, shows Steven the fine points.

The Azeri tandoor (far right) is wider and shallower than the traditional Indian barbecue pit. The chickens emerge from the pit as shiny and bright as gold doubloons.

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