About Food – Lobio with Tomatoes and Spices

The Georgian word ‘lobio’ (Georgian: ლობიო) means ‘beans’ and there are a number of varieties of lobio dishes. In this recipe we show how to make lobio with tomatoes and spices. Ingredients: 400 grams of kidney beans. Other ingredients: 4 Bay leaves, 3 cloves of garlic, 4 white onions, 3 tomatoes, 20 grams of fresh green … Continue reading

About Food – Spices and Herbs used in Georgian Cuisine

A tradition of home-cooked meals means that markets in Georgia overflow with a vast array of spices and herbs that give Georgian cuisine its rich flavors and aromas. In this article we describe some of the spices and herbs that are most commonly used in Georgian cooking. We have included links to examples of our … Continue reading

About Food – Elarji (Cornmeal and Sulguni Cheese)

Elarji (Georgian: ელარჯი) is a popular dish from Samegrelo region, made from coarse cornmeal, cornflour and Sulguni cheese. Ingredients: 200 grams of coarse cornmeal, 4 tbs of cornflour and 1 kilo of sulguni cheese. The cheese must be new. Mozzerella cheese can be used as an alternative to sulguni. Add the coarse cornmeal to a deep … Continue reading

About Food – Lobio with Imeretian Cheese

The Georgian word ‘lobio’ (Georgian: ლობიო) means ‘beans’. There are a number of varieties of Georgian lobio dishes and in this old, family recipe from Racha region we show how to make lobio with Imeretian cheese. Ingredients: 400 grams of kidney beans. Other ingredients: 300 grams of Imeretian cheese (feta or mozzarella cheese can be used), … Continue reading

About Food – Tolma (Stuffed Vine Leaves)

Tolma (Georgian: ტოლმა), known as Dolma in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, is a popular meal in Georgia and many other countries and there are many variations. It usually describes a filled, hollowed-out vegetable or a filling wrapped in a leaf. Fillings can include meat and vegetables. In Georgia, fillings wrapped in cabbage or vine leaves and stuffed peppers are … Continue reading

About Food – Chicken with Spicy Hazelnut Sauce

Nuts are a popular ingredient in Georgian cuisine. In this old, family recipe we show how to make a spicy hazelnut sauce for a fried chicken dish. Ingredients: 1 whole young chicken, 5 cloves of garlic, 150 grams of hazelnuts, 1 tsp of dried marigold, half tsp of dried coriander, half tsp of Blue Fenugreek, … Continue reading

About Food – Georgian Sulguni Cheese

Sulguni (Georgian: სულგუნი) is a cheese from the Samegrelo region of Georgia. It has a sour, moderately salty flavor and an elastic consistency. Sulguni is made using only natural ingredients: normalized cow milk clotted by rennet with pure cultures of lactic bacteria. It is a “quick cheese” maturing in just one or two days. A typical sulguni … Continue reading

About Food – Spicy Beef and Pork Cutlets with Mashed Potato

Homemade minced meat cutlets are a popular family meal. Our recipe uses beef and pork, white bread, spices and onions. We served ours with mashed potato made with ground red pepper and fried onions. Ingredients for beef and pork patties: 500 grams of minced beef and pork mix, 1 medium sized onion, 1 egg, 200 grams of cornflour, 1 … Continue reading

About Food – Shkmeruli (chicken cooked in milk and garlic)

Shkmeruli (Georgian: შქმერული) is a chicken dish from the Racha region of Georgia. A young chicken is usually used for this recipe and is cooked in milk and garlic. Sour cream can be used instead of milk. Ingredients: 1 whole young chicken, 50 grams of garlic, 100 ml of milk (80 grams of sour cream … Continue reading

About Food – Tkemali (Sour Plum Sauce)

Tkemali (Georgian ტყემალი) is the Georgian name for a variety of wild, sour plum, as well as a sauce made from the plums. Tkemali sauce is used for fried or grilled meat, poultry and potato dishes, and has a place in Georgian cuisine similar to tomato ketchup in America. The two main types of plum sauce are green … Continue reading

About Food – Ekala (ეკალა)

The Ekala (ეკალა) plant (Smelax excelsa) is a type of spinach used in the cuisine of the Imereti region of Georgia (Georgian: იმერეთი). In this recipe we will show how to prepare and cook Ekala. Ingredients (2-3 servings): 1 kilo of fresh Ekala, 200 grams of walnuts, 1 clove of garlic, 1 medium size onion, 3-4 tbs of wine … Continue reading

About Food – Georgian Salad

Georgia is blessed with wonderful fresh vegetables, ideal for making delicious, refreshing salads. This recipe uses Georgian Imeretian cheese but a substitute could be mozzarella cheese. Ingredients: Tomatoes, fresh parsley, fresh purple basil, green peppers, onion, 1.5 tbs white wine vinegar, 1 tbs vegetable oil and Imeretian cheese. Preparation. Chop the tomatoes and add to a … Continue reading

About Food – Mushroom Chashushuli

Mushroom Chashushuli is a family meal made with potatoes and mushrooms. It is especially good with new potatoes. Ingredients (4 servings): 700 grams of small new potatoes, 500 grams of mushrooms, 6 cloves of fresh garlic, 2 hot green peppers (or mild if you prefer), 2 large onions, 50 grams of fresh purple basil, oil and … Continue reading

About Food – Chakapuli (Georgian: ჩაქაფული)

Chakapuli (Georgian: ჩაქაფული) is a popular Georgian stew made with lamb or beef, dry white wine, tarragon leaves, unripe (sour) green plums, green onions, green peppers, green coriander, garlic and salt. It is popular in the Spring when the plums are unripe. Ingredients (6 servings): 700 grams of diced lamb or beef. 150 grams of wild sour green plums. 200 … Continue reading

About Food – Lobio with Nuts (ლობიო ნიგვზით)

Lobio (Georgian: ლობიო), is a popular Georgian dish made with kidney beans and usually eaten with Mchadi and marinaded vegetables. The Georgian word ‘lobio’ means ‘beans’. There are a number of varieties of this dish and in this recipe we show how to make a particular Georgian favorite – lobio with nuts. Ingredients (4-6 servings): 400 grams … Continue reading

About Food – Ham Chashushuli (რაჭული ლორის ჩაშუშული)

In this recipe we will show how to make a ham dish from the Racha region of Georgia. Ingredients: 150 grams of smoked ham (we used Georgian ham from Racha), 2 large carrots, 2 large onions, 1 clove of garlic, ground pepper (black and red), quarter tsp of ground coriander, 50 grams tomato paste or … Continue reading