About Food – Green Ajika

Ajika (Georgian: აჯიკა) is a hot, spicy paste used as a condiment and also to flavor meat and fish dishes. It is made with hot peppers, garlic, herbs and spices. There are several types of ajika. In this recipe we show how to make green ajika. Made with hot green peppers, this type of ajika is very spicy and very hot!

Green Ajika Ready for Serving

Ingredients: 1 kilo of hot green peppers (for a less hot ajika use half a kilo of sweet green peppers and half a kilo of hot green peppers), 250 grams of garlic, 70 grams of fresh parsley, 100 grams of fresh green coriander, 40 grams of fresh celery leaves, 2 heaped tbs of dried coriander, 2 heaped tbs of Blue Fenugreek, 1 tbs of dried Dill and salt (dependent upon personal preference – NOTE: Ajika can be stored for several months but requires a significant amount of salt in its preparation).

Ingredients for Green Ajika

Preparation: Put the peppers and herbs onto newspaper and leave overnight to thoroughly dry.

When ready to make the ajika, remove all of the seeds from the hot green peppers. CAUTION: Wear gloves to do this or your fingers and hands will burn from the capsaicin (heat producing chemical) contained in the peppers. Save the seeds – dry them and use them in other recipes.

Seeded Green Peppers for Green Ajika Recipe

Remove the skins from the garlic.

Garlic for Green Ajika Recipe

Crush the green peppers. We used a meat grinder to do this.

Grinding Green Peppers for Green Ajika Recipe

Crush the garlic.

Grinding Garlic for Green Ajika Recipe

Crush the fresh parsley, fresh green coriander and fresh celery leaves.

Grinding Ingredients for Green Ajika Recipe

The crushed ingredients should look like the picture below.

Ground Ingredients for Green Ajika Recipe

Add the spices and salt.

Adding Spices and Salt for Green Ajika Recipe

Use your hands to thoroughly mix the ajika. CAUTION: Wear gloves to do this or your fingers and hands will burn from the capsaicin (heat producing chemical) contained in the peppers.

Hand Mixing Ingredients for Green Ajika

When mixed, the ajika will look like the picture below.

Green Ajika Ready for Bottling

Serving: Serve as a condiment with meat and fish dishes. It is also used in cooking.

Green Ajika

Enjoy your green ajika!

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