About Food – Red Pepper and Onion Satsivi

Satsivi (Georgian: საცივი) is a thick paste made from walnuts and served cold (‘Tsivi’ means ‘cold’ in Georgian). It is used in a variety of meat (usually chicken and turkey), fish and vegetable dishes. In this recipe we show how to make red pepper and onion satsivi.

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Ingredients: 3 large sweet red peppers, 3 white onions, 300 grams of walnuts, 6 cloves of garlic, 2 cloves, 1 quarter tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of dried blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of dried marigold, 1 tsp of dried coriander, 1 tsp dried hot red pepper, salt (amount dependent upon personal preference), 1 tbs of vinegar and 4 tbs of oil.

Ingredients for Satsivi with Red Peppers and Onions

Preparation (red peppers and onions): Slice and remove the seeds from the red peppers. Slice the onions. Add 4 tbs of oil to a baking tray and add the red peppers and onions.

Frying Red Peppers and Onions

Bake on low to medium heat for 12-14 minutes.

Baked Red Peppers and Onions

Preparation (walnut paste): In the traditional recipe, new walnuts are crushed and then the walnut oil extracted by hand. The extracted oil (usually about 2 tsp) is poured onto the dish before serving. This adds additional flavor. The process of extracting the oil is long and strenuous. We did this when preparing the dish but it is not absolutely essential and the process described below omits this step.

Grind the walnuts and garlic together (we used a meat grinder) and add to a mixing bowl. Crush the cloves and to the bowl, together with 1 tsp of dried blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of dried marigold, 1 tsp of dried coriander, 1 quarter tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp dried hot red pepper and salt.

Ingredients for Satsivi

Mix thoroughly.

Mixing Satsivi Ingredients

The mixture will look like the picture below.

Mixed Satsivi Ingredients

Add 1 tbs of vinegar and then gradually add boiled, cooled water, mixing as the water is added.

Adding Water to the Satsivi Mixture

Keep adding a little water until the paste has a consistency like the one in the picture below.

The Consistency of Satsivi

Serving: Add the walnut paste and baked red peppers and onions to a pan, bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for several hours before serving.

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Enjoy your Red Peppers and Onions Satsivi!

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