How Armenian Pakhlava became Turkish Baklava
The first pakhlava (In Eastern Armenian Pakhlava, in Western Armenian dialect Bakhlava – like eastern Armenians say Hakop, western Armenians say Hagob, all is the matter of the dialect, so because the turks didn’t have the sound kh, from Western Armenian dialect it bacame baklava in turkish language and from turkish language it went to Arabic and to other languages) was made in nowdays turkish small city called Gaziantep which officially gives the patent of preparing pakhlava… Now let’s have a look what city it is and how it became turkish, moreover let’s check if it was turkish before… In February 1921 (just after the Armenian Genocide), the Turkish parliament honored the city as غازى عينتاب “Ghazi Ayintab” ‘Antep the war hero’ to commemorate its resistance to the French Siege of Aintab during the Franco-Turkish War, part of the Turkish War of Independence, and that name was officially adopted in 1928 as Gaziantep. Gaziantep is previously and still informally called Antep, the oldest name of this city is “Khantap”, meaning “king’s land” in the Hittite language, which went to the persian language as “Aïntap” means “full of springs” in Persian. As we see the oldest name of the city is in Hittite language. Now let’s investigate more: The history of Gaziantep goes back to the Hittites, it was the land of the Hittite people. The origin of pakhlava goes back to the aborigens of this city, to the Hittites, so the first pakhlava was prepared by the Hittites and actually it has the Hittite origin. And who are the Hittites and who are the direct ancestors of the Hittites? The ancestors of the Hittite people are the people of Brittany in France, for example but the direct ancestors of the Hittite people are Armenians.
Pakhlava is one of the most famous and delicious dishes of Armenian and Oriental cuisine. Armenian Pakhlava is known for its many variants: Yerevan’s, Kyavar’s … The main secret of Pakhlava is not only filling (honey, walnut), but the correct number of layers: Kyavar’s – 42, Yerevan’s – 28 layers.