Lahmajoun - Armenian Pizza
Lahmajoun is a great on-the-go treat you didn’t know you were missing while traveling in Armenia!
Lahmajoun is essentially a thin flatbread that is baked with a deliciously spiced ground lamb and vegetables mixture. Some might call Lahmajoun an Armenian Pizza. Some might spell it with a different variation. In Armenia it is called "Lamadjo". But don't sweat it - just call it Yummy!
Lahmajoun comes from the ancient Babylon with the origin of “lah” and “majoun”, known as “the food of the elite” because the ingredients were too dear for peasant folk. The recipe was somehow handed down to desert sheiks, whose caravans traveled with sheep that could be slaughtered whenever the mood for Lahmajoun struck.
Lahmajoun is a complex and flavorful dish. The topping of the Lahmajoun should be almost as thin as the crust: finely chopped meat, peppers, onions, tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and seasonings spread on the unbaked dough, then baked just so until the meat is cooked, vegetables are tender, and the crust starts to brown around the edges - nice and spicy!
We recommend that you garnish Lahmajoun with freshly squeezed lemon juice, parsley, onions and yogurt topping. Many people like to fold it up and eat it wrap or pizza style, with your garnishes in the middle.
There are also Armenian Vegan Lahmajoun's around - replacing meat with beans is an amazing choice, especially for the Vegans, or those who have given up meat - the result is simply delicious!
To learn more about Armenia's food & drink, please visit our ARMENIAN CUISINE page