Samarkand bread is different form Qurban bread in taste and composition.
The visual look might be similar in the sense that Samarkand bread is decorated, however, Samarkand bread comes with over a dozen recipes.
The main difference which gives the game away is the addition of Mahlab to the Qurban bread. Qurban bread also comes with diffferent recipes all over different churches.
The Samarkand bread main flavour comes from the special ferment used which is different variations of ferment based on an assortment of milk - animal fat - meat - onions - anis...etc. They are not all used together but combined to produce different breads.
The Samarkand bread is baked on the inner wall of a clay oven (tandoor) while the Qurban bread is baked flat in any oven type.
So it is bread and they may look similar as well as hundreds of different breads around the world but they are different.
The main differentiator is Milk and Mahlab.
Edited by Nicolai, 14 November 2006 - 01:25 AM.