Richal, also known as Irchal, is a traditional sweet prepared in Ismayilli and Shamakhi. Its origin in these areas of the country is linked to the presence of some products such as the apple variety Gizil Ahmad, in Ismayilli, however, mulberry richal is much more common.
The main characteristic of this recipe is that “bakmaz” is used instead of sugar: a viscous liquid that is obtained by boiling fruits.
Richal is prepared by mincing dried apples, pears, walnuts and raisins. It is placed in a saucepan, poured over a cup of grape molasses and boiled. It is ready when the water has evaporated. It is mixed and served.
Currently the production of this dessert is being lost due to the industrialisation of confectionery products and the importation of chocolate and other types of sweets from abroad. This dessert is not very well marketed and it is leading to the disappearance of this tradition.