The traditional dish of a region involves the use of ingredients that can be easily found in the area and always are available and easy accessible. In addition, the method of preparation of these dishes is specific, or appropriate for the population that inhabits the area since ancient times and which has adopt their own form of combining ingredients from which a delicious meal is obtained.
When it comes to the area of Stara Planina, traditional dishes are easy to prepare and in general they use a small number of simple ingredients. One such dish is ljutenica, which can be a part of winter stores, or it can be a delicious salad. Ljutenica is used as an appetizer, salad or tasteful spread.