About Food – Badagi

Badagi (Georgian: ბადაგი, ტკბილი) is a pressed and condensed grape juice used in Georgian cuisine for making popular sweets/desserts such as Pelamushi, churchkhela, kaklucha and grape tklapi.

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Ingredients: 5 kilos of ripe, white grapes (makes about 2 liters of badagi).

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Preparation: Wash and remove stalks from the grapes.

Washed Grapes for Badagi Recipe

Mash the washed grapes in a colander positioned over a large bowl.

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Keep mashing until only skins and seeds are left.

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Use your hands to remove as much juice as possible.

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Transfer the juice into a large pot and bring to the boil on a medium heat. Then reduce the heat to a low temperature and allow to simmer for up to 3 hours. The juice should reduce by a little less than half. The process produces a sugar (fructose) content of around 60%.

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Monitor the simmering process and remove the extraneous matter whenever it forms on the surface of the grape liquid.

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After 3 hours of simmering, the juice should have reduced by a little less than half. Allow to stand overnight, then use a fine sieve to pour out the juice into a bowl.

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The juice should be clear.

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Serving: Badagi can be stored in sealed glass jars and used for a variety of Georgian dishes, such as grape tklapi. It can also be drunk as a refreshing, sweet drink.

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Enjoy your Badagi!

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8 Responses to “About Food – Badagi”
  1. Yun Lee says:

    it looks delicious! How long can I safely store Badagi?

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