Acharov plav is a traditional dish of the Armenian holiday table. Achar can be cooked in chicken broth or water. Plav on chicken broth is usually served with boiled chicken, and cooked on water is cooked with mushrooms. "Plav" is in no way connected with the word "pilaf", as in Armenia they call all crumbly dishes, be it cereal or pasta dishes. And achar is the Armenian name for groats, known to all of us since childhood according to the fairy tale of A.S. Pushkin, spelled. Spelled is a wild ancestor of wheat known to all of us, in contrast to the cereal familiar to all of us, spelled has a tougher skin and a subtle nutty flavor.
For a long time, this valuable, vitamin-rich cereal crop was unfairly forgotten. And this is partly because the processing of spelt is much more labor-intensive than that of its wheat descendant. Therefore, it is very pleasing that the Armenian culinary culture has preserved recipes for cooking dishes from this healthy cereal. And our step-by-step recipe with a photo will help you cook fragrant chicken achar and enjoy its taste.
"Armenian treasure" - this is what the people call the achar. Groats for cooking traditional dishes of Armenian cuisine are obtained from wild-growing spelt, the grain is not peeled from the hard skin, and this gives the dish a "zest". Due to the special way of processing achars, plav was usually prepared especially for the holidays. Then the Armenian women gathered in the evening, sorted out the grain, washed it in several waters, and soaked it overnight.
At the same time, women sang traditional songs, often danced, so acharov plav turned out to be special, saturated with the warmth of the hands that prepared it, saturated with positive energy. And in the morning, after slightly drying the grain, they began to prepare this delicious dish. Achars were often prepared in tonir. A cauldron with achar was placed on the coals, and a carcass of meat was hung from above, the fat from the meat flowed into the achar, the dish with achar melted and fragrant. Now it is difficult for us, city dwellers, to observe all the customs of our ancestors, however, you should definitely try to cook this healthy, satisfying and tasty dish of Armenian cuisine and fall in love with it once and for all.
The traditional Armenian acharov plav is not only hearty and tasty, but also a very healthy dish. The benefits of achar cereal are obvious - it contains a complex of B vitamins, vitamins E and PP, as well as potassium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, copper, selenium, and phosphorus. In addition, achar helps to improve hair, nails, skin, strengthens memory, relieves anemia, helps to improve digestion and balance weight, strengthens the immune system, and improves blood circulation.
Achar is also a dietary cereal, but it contains gluten, so people suffering from allergies should carefully eat it. Acharovplav is cooked in chicken broth, which is also good for digestion. If acharov plav is prepared with mushrooms, it is useful for vegetarians, or in fasting, as the main course of any meal. Achar is good as a side dish for many dishes, it is very tasty with tyal and tender kyufta.