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Cuisine in Kosovo

Kosovo's cuisine has similarity with the Balkan cuisine, influenced by Albanian, Croatian, Serbian and Greek cuisine, especially a notable influence from the Turkish cuisine. Most of the cuisine consists homemade traditional food. Homemade it is not only Kosovo's favorite dish but is significantly the healthiest and freshest way to eat.

Kosovo's cuisine is not the same throughout the year. Its cuisine adjusts with the climate and the seasons and different regions in Kosovo have different dishes.The most common dishes like burek, pies, flija, kebab, suxhuk, sausages, stuffed peppers, lamb, beans, sarma, rice dishes and much more are used in the daily cuisine.Dairy products are always present in the daily dishes. The most common ones are milk, yogurt, ayran, spreads, cheese and kaymak. Kosovo's cuisine basic elements that are used to cook traditional food are: Meat, vegetables, herbs(mostly Mediterranean herbs).With the diversity of pies and meat, the Kosovo daily cuisine goes well with hot summers and cold winters.As a result of its continental climate the fresh vegetables are consumed in summer.The most common dishes during the winter time in Kosovo are made out of vegetable pickles and ajvar (hot or mild red peppers). These two dishes are usually done in the late summer days and are being consumed mostly in winter.


Most of the Salads are prepared fast and easy. Vegetables that are used to prepare salads are: tomatoes, onion, garlic pepper cucumber, potato, cabbage, lettuce, carrot, beans etc.

  • Potato Salad
  • Tarator – a traditional salad made with cucumbers, garlic and yogurt. Very popular dish for summer.
  • Tomato and cucumber Salad
  • Dried nettle Salad
  • Bean Salad
  • "Shope" Salad – a simple salad made of tomato, cucumber, onions and white cheese.

Bread and pies

Products of Bread in Kosovo's cuisine can be used not only as a side dish but as a main course too. It is one of the most crucial part of the Kosovo's cuisine.

  • Homemade traditional bread
  • Somun – one of the most popular traditional breads, it is very consumed especially during ramadan, which is served with suxhuk on top of the somun.
  • Kullpite – pie with nothing inside and is covered with yogurt.
  • Burek – also known as pie in Albania. Byrek is made of pastry layers filled with meat, white cheese, spinach.
  • Bakllasarm – A salty pie with yoghurt and garlic covering.[1]
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Spinach pie
  • Laknur – bread made of corn flour and chopped sauercraut.
  • Flija – traditional food of Kosovo and Albania.


  • Stuffed peppers – with meat, rice and vegetables.
  • Suxhuk – traditional Kosovo's sausage.
  • Sarma – a dish of grape, cabbage or chard leaves rolled around a filling usually based on minced meat, or a sweet dish of filo dough wrapped around a filling often of various kinds of chopped nuts.[2]
  • Tave Gore[3] – a traditional dish with lamb meat.
  • Tave kosi – baked lamb meat with yogurt.
  • "Burian" with eggs – traditional vegetable food with rice, spinach and eggs.[4]
Sarma in cabbage leaves


Traditional Kosovo desserts are mostly made of sherbet, which is cooked sugar with either lemon or vanilla flavor ( Baklava, Tulumba, Tespishte, Kadaif and Sheqerpare )

  • Bakllava – a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.
  • Sultjash-is a dish made from rice mixed with water or milk and sometimes other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Different variants are used for either desserts or dinners. When used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.
  • Kadaif – this classic Albanian dessert of shredded phyllo dough is dusted with vanilla sugar and walnuts and baked until golden brown.[5]
  • Hashyre
  • Tespishte
  • Kek [6]
  • Tullumba
  • Havell
  • Sheqerpare


The vineyards and wineries in Kosovo are well known for the production of red and white wine. Also the traditional alcoholic drink rakia is consumed and produced in most of the regions in Kosovo.

  • Rakia – Rakia is an alcoholic drink that is made of different kind of domestic and wild fruits, but the main fruit that is used in Kosovo for making rakia is grape.
  • Boza – a sweet drink made maize(corn) and wheat flour, it's a refreshing summer drink.
  • Ajron – a mix of yogurt, water and salt.
  • Beer – Kosovo's local beers are "Birra Peja", "Birra Ereniku", "Birra Prishtina".
  • Turkish Coffee
  • Mountain Tea