About Food – Spinach Pkhali

Pkhali or 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 Pkhali with spinach.

Spinach Pkhali

Ingredients: 1.5 kilos of spinach, 400 grams of walnuts, 2 white onions, 50 grams of fresh coriander, 50 grams of fresh parsley, 6-8 tbs white wine vinegar, 1 heaped tbs of red pepper, 1 heaped tsp of dried marigold, 1 heaped tsp of blue fenugreek, pomegranate seeds (for garnish) and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference).

Ingredients for Spinach Pkhali

Preparation: Cut the ends of the spinach and wash thoroughly.

Preparing Spinach for Spinach Pkhali

Half fill a deep pot with water, add 1 tbs of salt and gradually add the spinach, pressing it down with a wooden spoon. Boil for 5 minutes, turning the leaves halfway through to ensure they all cook.

Boiling Spinach for Spinach Pkhali Recipe

Drain the water from the boiled spinach using a sieve. Allow to cool and then use your hands to firmly squeeze the leaves to remove as much liquid as possible.

Removing excess water from Boiled Spinach

Grind the walnuts and garlic.

Grinding Walnuts and Garlic

Add salt, red pepper, blue fenugreek, marigold and 6-8 tbs white wine vinegar. Mix using your hands.

Walnuts, Garlic and Spices for Spinach Pkhali Recipe

Chop the onions, fresh parsley and fresh coriander and add to the mixing bowl. Mix using your hands.

Adding Onions and Herbs

Grind the boiled spinach. We used a meat grinder.

Grinding Boiled Spinach for Spinach Pkhali Recipe

The spinach will look like the picture below.

Ground Spinach

Mix using your hands. Leave the mixture for 2 hours.

Spinach Pkhali Mixture

Serving: Shape the mixture by hand. Serve cold. We garnished ours with pomegranate seeds.

Pkhali ready for serving

Enjoy your Spinach Pkhali!

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