About Food – Abkhazian Sauce

In this recipe we show how to make a spicy Abkhazian sauce that is traditionally used to flavour meat and fish. The recipe uses sour plums called Alycha (also called Alucha), Ajika (a hot, spicy paste), Akhkhyla (Abkhazian spice mix), garlic and Summer Savory.

Abkhazian Sauce

Ingredients: 1.5 kilos of alycha (sour plum), 2 tbs of ajika (click for recipe), 1 tbs of akhkhyla (click for recipe), 1 level tsp of Summer Savoury, and 4-5 cloves of garlic.

Preparation: Wash the plums and add to a deep pan with 400 ml of water.


Bring to the boil and then allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Boiling Alucha

Use a colander to drain the juices from the cooked plums into a deep pan.

Drain the Alucha

Squash the plums with a wooden spoon to extract all of the juice and pulp. Discard the plum stones.

Squash the juice from the Alucha

The juice and pulp should look like the picture below.

Strained Alucha

Chop the garlic and prepare 2 tbs of ajika, 1 tbs of akhkhyla, and 1 level tsp of Summer Savoury


Add the chopped garlic, together with the ajika, akhkhyla and Summer Savory to the pan of plum juice.

Add ingredients

Stir thoroughly and heat on a low temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Stir Ingredients

Serving: Allow to cool before serving. We served our sauce with a roast chicken. The sauce can also be bottled. If you intend to use it over a short period, allow it to cool down before bottling and storing in the refrigerator. To keep the sauce for long periods without refrigeration, prepare bottles by washing thoroughly and leaving until they are completely dry. Half fill a tall pot with water. Add the bottles. Heat on a low to medium temperature for 15 minutes. Place the plastic caps that will be used to seal the bottles in boiling water. Fill each bottle to the top with hot sauce and seal immediately with one of the plastic caps that has been boiled and dried. This bottling method allows the sauce to be stored for long periods in a cool, dark place without the need for refrigeration.

Roast chicken with Abkhazian Sauce

Enjoy your Abkhazian Sauce!

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3 Responses to “About Food – Abkhazian Sauce”
  1. jeron says:

    Dear writer, Allthough the sauce recipe looks delicious, I will not be able to make it. The problem with the sauce recipe is twofold. First you don’t give amounts, like how many plums or how many garlic etc you use in one recipe. And second you do not describe the spices you use. The last is important because people not living in Georgia or in the Caucasus do not have a clue what you mean by the Abkhazian spice mix and therefore do not know how to find a substitution for them.

  2. puzzleblume says:

    Must be delicious! I hope, I will be able to store the recipe until my cherry plums in the garden get tall enough.
    German small-town-markets are very poor in varieties of plums.

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