About Food – Lobio with Imeretian Cheese

The Georgian word ‘lobio’ (Georgian: ლობიო) means ‘beans’. There are a number of varieties of Georgian lobio dishes and in this old, family recipe from Racha region we show how to make lobio with Imeretian cheese.

Lobio with Cheese

Ingredients: 400 grams of kidney beans.

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Other ingredients: 300 grams of Imeretian cheese (feta or mozzarella cheese can be used), 4 Bay leaves, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 white onion, 20 grams of fresh green coriander, 2 green peppers, 1 tsp of dried coriander, half tsp of dried Blue Fenugreek, 1 tsp black pepper and  salt (quantity dependent on personal preference).

Ingredients for Lobio with Cheese


Soak beans in cold water for two hours prior to cooking. Drain water and add beans, bay leaves and salt to a deep pot containing 1.5 liters of water. Cook on a medium heat until the beans are tender.

Boiling Lobio Beans

Drain the beans and add them to a mixing bowl, together with crushed garlic, chopped onions, peppers and fresh coriander. Crumble the cheese and add to the bowl, together with the spices.

Lobio with Cheese Prepared Ingredients

Mix thoroughly with a spoon.

Mixing Lobio with Cheese Ingredients

Serving: Serve cold.

Lobio with Cheese Photo

Enjoy your lobio with cheese!

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5 Responses to “About Food – Lobio with Imeretian Cheese”
  1. Never had Imeretian cheese before but before your comment about being able to substitute feta, I had thought it looked fairly similar. Does it taste like feta?

    • Bassa's Blog says:

      It looks similar but it is different. Imeretian cheese has a soft and springy texture and a slightly sour, salty taste. I have made this dish with feta cheese and it’s great.

  2. This is worth a try. Looks delicious. I’m going to wait until fresh bean season and then make all of your Lobio dishes 😀

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