About Food – Prasiela

In this old recipe from Georgia’s Imereti region we show how to make Prasiela, a type of Pkhali or Fkhali (Georgian: ფხალი) that uses leeks and a spicy nut mixture. Served cold, Prasiela is delicious!

Prasiela ready for serving - Copy

Ingredients: 1.5 kilos of leeks, 400 grams of walnuts, 30 grams of fresh parsley, 30 grams of fresh green coriander, 3 garlic cloves, 1 level tsp of blue fenugreek, 1 level tsp of dried marigold, 1 heaped tsp of dried hot red pepper (optional), 1 level tsp of dried coriander, 5 tbs of white wine vinegar, 2 tbs of vegetable oil, pomegranate seeds (for garnish), and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference).

Leeks - Copy

Preparation: Carefully wash the leeks and add to salty boiled water. Boil for at least 25 minutes. The leeks must be tender.

Boiling Leeks - Copy

Drain the water from the pot using a colander. 

Removing water from boiled leeks - Copy

Grind the walnuts and garlic together. We used a meat grinder.

Grinding Walnuts and Garlic - Copy

Chop the fresh green coriander and parsley and add to a mixing bowl, together with 5 tbs of white wine vinegar, 2 tbs of vegetable oil, and the ground walnuts/garlic. Mix thoroughly.

Adding Chopped Coriander and Parsley - Copy

Add 1 level tsp of blue fenugreek, 1 level tsp of dried marigold, 1 heaped tsp of dried hot red pepper (optional), 1 level tsp of dried coriander, and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference). Mix with a wooden spoon.

Adding Spices - Copy

Squeeze the leeks with your hands to remove as much water as possible.

Squeezing Boiled Leeks - Copy

Form the leeks into a ball shape and squeeze very hard to remove any remaining water.

Forming Balls - Copy

Chop the balls of leeks and add to the mixing bowl containing the other ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Mixing - Copy

Serving: Form the mixture into balls. Serve cold. We garnished our prasiela with pomegranate seeds.

Prasiela ready for serving - Copy

Enjoy your Prasiela!

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2 Responses to “About Food – Prasiela”
  1. Maria says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I just LOVE all these dishes with walnuts and the Georgian spice mixes! I will be traveling to Georgia after summer to indulge myself with all the goodness Georgia has to offer. Nagvamdis! :))

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