About Food – Megrelian Kharsho

Kharsho (Georgian: ხარშო), also known as Kharcho, is a traditional Georgian dish, usually made with beef or chicken but can also be made with other meats. It can be made with walnuts and with or without rice. In this recipe we show how to make Megrelian Kharsho, which is hot and spicy and also uses tomatoes or tomato puree.


Ingredients: 1 kilo of lean beef, 2 medium sized onions, 250 grams of walnuts, 3-4 cloves of garlic, 1 medium sized tomato, 1 tbs of tomato puree, 1-2 bay leaves, 1 heaped tbs of hot red pepper, 3 tbs of oil, salt (amount dependent upon personal preference). kharsho spices: 1 tsp of blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of dried marigold and 1 tsp of dried coriander.

Preparation: Cut the beef into medium sized pieces and add, together with 1-2 bay leaves to a deep pot.

Preparing Beef

Add 1 liter of water.

Adding water to beef - Copy

Partly cover and cook for 1 hour on a low to medium heat.

Boiling Beef - Copy

Whilst the beef is cooking, chop the onions and add to a pan with 3 tbs of oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes on a medium heat, stirring frequently.

Frying Onions - Copy

Skin the tomato and chop. Add the chopped tomato to the fried onions, together with 1 tbs of tomato puree. Fry for a further 2-3 minutes, continually mixing and squashing with a wooden spoon. Turn off the heat.

Adding tomato puree and tomatoes to fried onions - Copy

Add the fried tomato/onion mixture to the beef and continue boiling on a low heat.

Grind the walnuts and garlic.

Grinding Walnuts and Garlic - Copy

Re-grind the walnuts and garlic. We used a meat grinder.

re-grinding walnuts and garlic - Copy

Prepare the kharsho spices: add 1 tsp of blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of dried marigold and 1 tsp of dried coriander to a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

Making Kharsho Spice - Copy

Add the mixed Kharsho spices, together with 1 heaped tbs of hot red pepper and salt to the walnut/garlic mixture.

Adding Spices and salt - Copy

Mix thoroughly.

Mixing spices with crushed walnuts and garlic - Copy

Once the beef has cooked, remove 100 ml of the water used to boil the beef and gradually add it to the spice/nut mixture, mixing as the water is added. Keep adding and mixing until the mixture has a smooth consistency, like in the picture below.

Mixed Ingredients - Copy

Add the mixture to the boiled beef. Stir and turn off the heat.

Serving: Serve hot. In Samegrelo region, Megrelian Kharsho would be eaten with gomi, elarji or mchadi.

Megrelian Kharsho - Copy

Enjoy your Megrelian Kharsho!

facebook-logo-ga (1)CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.

3 Responses to “About Food – Megrelian Kharsho”
  1. Linus Band says:

    This looks amazing! I have a question, though: what happens to the rest of the water after you’ve cooked the beef and used 100ml for the sauce? Do you throw it away or do you add the sauce to it and the beef?

  2. Lowell Sever says:

    I have found your blog and the information, photographs and recipes you provide to be very interesting. I recently returned from my first trip to Georgia and enjoyed it very much. I have been trying to recreate many of the foods I had for my family and friends. I wonder if it would be possible for you to including in your postings the ingredients and instructions for your recipes as a block, along with the way they are now presented integrated with your outstanding photos of the steps in making the dishes? That way it would be possible to cut-and-paste them without the photos.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: