Armenian Basturma

Armenian Basturma

Basturma is a pastrami style beef with a fenugreek based seasoning. Our spice kit includes mild Aleppo pepper. Experience the intensive flavor in this adaption for marinated grill meat. Or use the spice blend in a bell pepper dip. Add a cold fresh cucumber summer salad with dill. Armenians like the salad more liquidy close to a soup.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Armenian
Servings 3 servings



  • 1.5 lbs chicken

Fresh Produce

  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 English cucumber finely diced


  • 1 cup yogurt plain

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Basturma Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Fenugreek, cumin, allspice, black pepper, smoked paprika
  • [2] Aleppo pepper
  • [3] Dill

Suggested Sides

  • cooked bulgur rice, or couscous
  • Armenian Lavash bread


Basturma Marinade

  • In a BOWL, mix 2 tbsp oil, 2/3 of the garlic, and Basturma [1] spices.
  • Add salt and Basturma [2] spices to taste.
  • In a CONTAINER, pour the marinade over the meat slices and mix well.
  • Let it marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.

Jajuk Salad

  • In a BOWL, mix yogurt with 1/2 cup of water.
  • Add Basturma [3] spices and 1/3 of the garlic.
  • Mix with cucumber and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Let it cool in the fridge for 1 hour.


  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  • Add meat slices and fry quickly until the meat is just cooked. Turn frequently.


  • Serve basturma with jajuk and your preferred side(s).
  • Enjoy!


Alternative Vegetarian Spread or Dip

4 red bell peppers, halved
1 clove garlic
1-4 tbsp nuts (choose your favorite)
Roast bell pepper skin side up in the OVEN at 350°F about 20 min until the skin comes off. Let it cool. Peel. Blend the flesh in a food processor with 1 tbsp oil, 1 clove garlic, and optionally nuts. Add water as needed to get a smooth paste.
Add to taste: salt, Basturma [1] + [2] spices