About Food – Tarragon and Rice Flaky Pastry

Georgians are very fond of the herb tarragon, which they call tarkhuna (Georgian: ტარხუნა), and find many ways to consume it, including in meat stews, with grilled trout and in herb salads. There is even an emerald green tarragon-flavored soda drink.

In this recipe we will show you how to make a popular Georgian tarragon and rice flaky pastry dish.


Flaky Pastry: 1 kilo of white flour, 1 egg, 160 grams of butter, 400 ml tepid water and 1 tsp of salt.

Other Ingredients: 70 grams of rice, 5 eggs, 200 grams of fresh tarragon, 200 grams of green onions, pinch of black pepper, 1 tsp of salt, 5 grams of butter, 10 ml of oil.

Preparation: Prepare the flaky pastry as per the step-by-step guide in our recent post: https://georgiaabout.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/about-food-making-georgian-flaky-pastry/

Pinch off tops of the tarragon and strip leaves from stalk.

Boil the rice in salted water, boil 3 eggs and chop, separate 2 raw egg yolks (keep the egg whites) and chop the tarragon and onions.

Stir fry the tarragon and onions in hot oil for a maximum of 1 minute.

Mix the chopped eggs, egg whites, rice, tarragon, onions, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.

The mixture should look like the picture above.

Remove flaky pastry dough from the refrigerator.

Roll out the dough to make a rectangle 22 x 42cm. It should be 6mm thick.

Spread the tarragon mixture evenly across the dough, leaving a 6 cm gap on each side.

Fold the sides of the dough over the outer edge of the mixture as shown in the photo above.

Roll out another rectangle of flaky pastry dough (16 x 36cm and 6mm thick) and cover the tarragon mixture as shown in the photo above.

Pinch each corner of the dough.

Whisk 2 egg yolks and 5 grams butter and brush the mixture over the dough. Place in the oven and bake on a medium heat for about 25 minutes (until pastry turns flaky and golden brown).

Remove from oven and cut into portions.

Congratulations, you have just made a delicious tarragon and rice filled flaky pastry! Enjoy! 

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20 Responses to “About Food – Tarragon and Rice Flaky Pastry”
  1. nom, nom, nom… we want to try this too! 🙂

  2. Shary Hover says:

    This sounds heavenly!

  3. emmmmerz says:

    Reblogged this on Recipe Box.

  4. TammyeHoney says:

    Have to get a conversion chart then I can start to make this sounds sooo goood …

  5. Oh yummy this looks good. I’m enjoying your new blog. Great to learn all about Georgia. Thanks

  6. That looks so good. Great photos, too, which make it look so easy to make. Yum!!

  7. Jodi Stone says:

    My mouth is watering. I wonder if a gluten free flour would work? I also need to convert grams to ounces, we are still behind the times over here. 🙂

    • I still calculate in Imperial measures Jodi and have to convert back to metric! I really don’t know how the recipe would work with gluten free flour but there is only one way to find out – try it! 🙂

  8. Maia Ingham says:

    I love this pastry, looks delicious. Few years back I’ve seeded tarragon in my back garden (in Lincolnshire) but unfortunately it did not taste as nice as ones in my father’s little farm in Georgia. My mother used to make pancake rolls with same stuffing. Thank you for your blog, brought back so many memories.

    • I expect you also miss Georgian bread Maia. I took pictures of my local baker preparing the dough and baking bread in a tone. There is a post about it on this blog.

  9. eripanwkevin says:

    This tarragon Pastry looks very yummy! Besides it seems to be not difficult to cook at home! Just wondering if tarragon doesn’t have strong smell? We have ” Yomogi” leaves in Japan….are they simliar each other?

  10. This is fantastic! I need supplies.

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