Tavë Kosi

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Tavë kosi or Tave Elbasani
Alternative namesElbasan tava, Tavë Elbasani, Tava e Elbasanit
Place of originAlbania
Associated national cuisineAlbanian
Serving temperatureWarm
Main ingredientsLamb, yogurt with eggs (substituting soured milk), wheat flour, butter.
Ingredients generally usedRice
VariationsTavë kosi with chicken, Elbasan tava with Béchamel sauce

Tavë kosi ("soured milk casserole") is a national dish in Albania. It is a dish of lamb (occasionally chicken, then called tavë kosi me mish pule) and rice baked with a mixture of yogurt and eggs (replacing the original soured milk) added to a roux (wheat flour and butter).[1] It is also popular in Greece and Turkey, where it is known as Elbasan tava (Albanian: Tavë Elbasani or Tava e Elbasanit), named after the Albanian city of Elbasan.


  1. ^ "Albanian baked lamb with rice (Tavë kosi)". BBC Food.

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