Located in north-western Azerbaijan, on the southern part of the Greater Caucasus mountain range, Sheki is famous for its picturesque scenery, historical sites, and local cuisine.
Stores selling souvenirs, locally made silk scarves, and Sheki desserts are located at the basement level of Karvansaray.
Court Yard of Upper Karvansaray
Before going on this adventure, I made a list of dishes I wanted to try in Sheki; Sheki Piti was one of those dishes, and I got to enjoy it in a serene setting of Karvansaray Restaurant. The restaurant has a beautiful outdoor sitting area, basically garden, with tables both under gazebos and in the open air, and the menu has a great selection of local dishes.
Piti – popular meat, potato, and chick pea stew prepared and served in a clay pot – must be eaten in a certain manner. To have an authentic piti experience, I followed all the instructions that were given to me by a friendly waiter, Anar.
Part 1: First, small pieces of bread are placed at the bottom of a bowl. Second, the broth from the clay dish is poured over the bread. Then, sumac is sprinkled over the dish, and it is eaten with raw onion and/or pickles.
Part 2: First, sumak is sprinkled over the remaining piti in the pot. Second, the contents of the pot are mashed. Finally, piti is eaten with raw onion and/or pickles.
Another delicious dish I had in Karvansaray Restaurant was beautifully plated lamb chop, beef, and tomato kebab.
Sheki at Sunset
More of my Sheki adventures in Part 2.