About Food – Kubdari

Kubdari (Georgian: კუბდარი) is a meat filled pastry that originates from Georgia’s Svaneti region, where it is also called ‘kuptaari’. It can be made with either beef or pork but the most popular version uses both. It should be made with cut meat and not minced meat.


Ingredients (filling): 500 grams of pork, 500 grams of young beef, 1 medium sized onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 third tsp of powdered cumin, 1 quarter tsp of powdered dill, 1 level tsp of dried coriander, 1/2 tsp of blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of red pepper and salt (amount dependent upon individual preference).

Ingredients (dough): 900 grams of flour, 400 ml of warm water, 1 level tbs of yeast, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt, 1 egg (optional) and 200 grams of all-purpose flour for dusting and kneading. Butter for glazing.

Ingredients for Kubdari

Preparation (filling): Cube the beef and pork and add to a mixing bowl.

Beef and Pork for Kubdari Recipe

Finely chop the onion and garlic and add to the mixing bowl, together with 1 third tsp of powdered cumin, 1 quarter tsp of powdered dill, 1 level tsp of dried coriander, 1/2 tsp of blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of red pepper, and salt (amount dependent upon individual preference).

Spices for Kubdari Recipe

Use your hands to thoroughly mix and squash the ingredients. This helps to ensure that the kubdari is juicy and the spices blend with the meat.

Mixing Meat and Spices for Kubdari Recipe

Preparation (dough): Kubdari requires a robust pastry that uses more flour than usual dough. To make it, add 400 ml of water (heated to 35 C) to a bowl and stir in the yeast.

Adding yeast to warm water

Add 900 grams of flour to a mixing bowl and make a depression in the flour. Add the yeast water and a raw egg (optional). If you want the pastry to have a golden color you can add 1 tsp of sugar.

Mixing the Ingredients for dough Recipe

The dough should be formed into a soft ball.

Khinkali Dough

Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in a warm place for 2 hours for the dough to rise. Once the dough has risen, add 150 grams of flour and firmly knead the dough.

Kneading Dough for Kubdari Recipe

When ready, place the dough on a flour dusted preparation area.

Dough for Kubdari Recipe

Cut the dough into 4 pieces.

Quarters of Dough for Kubdari Recipe

Mold the pieces into balls. Cover the dough balls with cling film and leave for 10 minutes.

Balls of Dough for Kubdari Recipe

Roll out each ball of dough and add the filling.

Adding Filling to Dough for Kubdari Recipe

Wrap the dough around the filling and pinch the top to seal it.

Sealing the Dough for Kubdari Recipe

Carefully press the filled dough into a circular shape that is less than 20 cm diameter. Don’t flatten it too much. Some cooks make a little hole in the middle before baking. This can help to prevent the dough bursting during baking but if the dough has been made correctly it should not be necessary.

Bake on a flour dusted baking tray at 200 C until the dough becomes golden brown. The meat will cook in its own juices.

Serving: Glaze the surface of each Kubdari with butter and serve hot.

Kubdari Recipe

Kubdari Meat Pastry

Enjoy your Kubdari!

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6 Responses to “About Food – Kubdari”
  1. puzzleblume says:

    Hat dies auf puzzleblume rebloggt und kommentierte:
    Cannot resist and have to regblog this, because it is looking so delicious and non-complicated: a real must-try! | Das sieht so gut aus, ich muß das als Reblog und ‘Merkzettel’ bei mir posten *shlrp*

  2. Good afternoon,
    My name is Martha Theodosioou and I am an Intern-Project Assistant at the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO). I am writing to in order to ask you for your support with a project our organization is developing.
    UNPO is a membership organization. Our members are unrecognized nations, minorities and indigenous peoples around the world. Because the current situation of many of our members is not well publicized in the media, we are developing several projects to promote their cause. One of them is a Cook Book, in which we hope to gather traditional recipes from the regions our members (former and current) come from.
    Georgia was a member of the UNPO until July 1992. We would like to include a typical Georgian recipe in our book. We are thinking of KUBDARI, as we found out that this is a very popular dish among Georgian people. We would like to ask for your opinion, whether you agree or you have another suggestion. In addition, being a small organization and running on a very low budget, we are not in the position to hire a professional photographer to take the pictures for us, which is why we are looking for photographers who would be willing to cede us the right to use their photos in our book. For this reason, you are kindly requested to provide us with a recipe picture that you are authorized to use. We would certainly make sure you get proper accreditation for your picture.

    Please let us know what you think by replying to my UNPO email address: martha@unpo.org

    If you would like to find out more about our organization, you can visit our website at: http://www.unpo.org or our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/UNPO/393260647387831?ref=hl

    Thank you very much for your support!
    Kind regards,
    Martha Theodosiou.

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