About Food – Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts

Fkhali (Georgian: ფხალი) is a popular dish that can be made with many different types of leaves, including spinach, nettles, cabbage and beetroot. It can also be made with vegetables and nuts. In this recipe we show how to make Fkhali with beetroot leaves and walnuts.

Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts

Ingredients: 1 kilo of beetroot leaves (with stalks), 250 grams of walnuts, 30 grams of fresh coriander, 30 grams of fresh parsley, 6 green onions (with stalks), 1 tsp of dried coriander, 1 tsp blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of dried red pepper, 2 cloves of garlic and salt (dependent upon individual taste).

Ingredients for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipe

Preparation: Wash the beetroot in cold water.

Beetroot Leaves for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipe

Cut the stalks from the beetroot.

Cutting Beetroot Stalks for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipe

Add the stalks to a deep pan of salted water and boil for 10-15 minutes.

Soaking Beetroot Stalks for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipes

Add the beetroot leaves to a separate pan of salted water and boil for 5 minutes.

Boiling Beetroot Leaves for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipe

Once the beetroot leaves and stalks have boiled, allow them to cool down. Once cool, squeeze the boiled leaves to remove as much liquid as possible. Repeat the process with the boiled stalks.

Squeezing Beetroot Stalks for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipe

We squeezed the leaves and stalks into separate balls to make them easier to manage.

A Ball of Squeezed Beetroot Leaves

The green balls in the picture below are the squeezed beetroot leaves and the yellowish balls are the squeezed beetroot stalks.

Squeezed Balls of Beetroot Leaves and Stalks

Add the beetroot stalk balls to a grinder and grind.

Grinding Squeezed Beetroot Stalks for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipe

Add the ground beetroot stalks to a mixing bowl. Finely chop the beetroot leaf balls and add to the mixing bowl containing the ground beetroot stalks. Use a plate to chop and mix the stalks and leaves.

Use a Plate to Mix the Beetroot Leaves and Stalks

Grind the walnuts and garlic and add to a mixing bowl, together with the spices. Mix thoroughly.

Walnuts and Spices for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipe

Finely chop the parsley, green onion and green coriander and add to the bowl containing the nuts and spices. Mix thoroughly.

Ground Nuts and Garlic and Prepared Herbs for Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Recipe

Add the herbs and nuts mixture to the bowl containing the beetroot leaf/stalk mix.

Herbs and nuts mixture beetroot leaf and stalk mixture for Fkhali Beetroot Leaf and Nuts Recipe

Mix thoroughly and shape into small balls.

Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Fkhali

Serving: Serve cold with bread or Mchadi (Georgian cornbread).

Fkhali with Beetroot Leaves and Nuts Ready for Serving

Enjoy your Fkhali with beetroot leaves and nuts!

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