About Food – Cold Matsoni Soup with Herbs

Matsoni (Georgian: მაწონი) is a fermented milk product very similar to yogurt. It is smooth and creamy with a mild, slightly tart flavor. Popular in Georgia and throughout the Caucasus region it is rich in mineral content, protein and calcium and renowned for its health giving properties. In this recipe we show how to make … Continue reading

About Food – Fried Potatoes with Svanetian Salt

In this recipe we show how to make fried potatoes flavored with herbs and Svanetian salt. Svanetian salt (Georgian: სვანური მარილი), from Svaneti region in the mountainous north-western part of Georgia, has a unique fragrance and taste and is traditionally used as a flavoring for a variety of meat, fish, potato and soup dishes as well … Continue reading

About Food – Gebzhalia with Cottage Cheese

Gebzhalia (Georgian: გებჟალია) is a softened cheese dish from Georgia’s Samegrelo region. Traditionally prepared using cottage cheese, it can also be made with matsoni (click here for recipe). In this recipe we have used cottage cheese. Ingredients: 1 kilo of new cheese (we used Imeretian cheese), 500 grams of cottage cheese, 1 liter of milk … Continue reading

About Food – Zucchini with Walnuts

Dishes made with zucchini (also called courgette) are popular in Georgia. There are many variations and in this family recipe we show how to make fried zucchini with a spicy walnut sauce. Ingredients: 1 kilo of zucchini, 400 grams of walnuts, 50 grams of fresh green coriander, 50 grams of fresh parsley, 1 medium sized onion, … Continue reading

About Food – Mashed Lobio with Ajika and Walnuts

Lobio (Georgian: ლობიო) is a popular Georgian dish made with kidney beans and usually eaten with Mchadi and marinated vegetables. The Georgian word ‘lobio’ means ‘beans’. There are a number of varieties of this dish and in this family recipe we show how to make lobio flavored with Ajika and walnuts. Ajika (Georgian: აჯიკა) is a hot, spicy paste used … Continue reading

About Food – Lobio with Marinated Peppers

Lobio (Georgian: ლობიო) is a popular Georgian dish made with kidney beans and usually eaten with Mchadi and marinated vegetables. The Georgian word ‘lobio’ means ‘beans’. There are a number of varieties of this dish and in this family recipe we show how to make lobio with marinated peppers. Ingredients: 700 grams of lobio (kidney beans), 300 … Continue reading

About Food – Gebzhalia with Matsoni

Gebzhalia (Georgian: გებჟალია) is a softened cheese dish from Georgia’s Samegrelo region. Traditionally prepared using cottage cheese, it can also be made with matsoni. In this recipe we have used matsoni. Matsoni (Georgian: მაწონი) is a fermented milk product very similar to yogurt. It is smooth and creamy with a mild, slightly tart flavor. Popular in Georgia and throughout … Continue reading

About Food – Abkhazian Eggplant with Walnuts and Ajika

Eggplant dishes are very popular in Georgia and always form part of a supra (traditional Georgian feast). There are many variations and in this family recipe we show how to make Abkhazian eggplant with walnuts, flavored with spicy ajika and Abkhazian spice mix (Akhkhyla). Ajika (Georgian: აჯიკა) is a hot, spicy paste used to flavor meat and fish … Continue reading

About Food – Lobio with Atria

Lobio with Atria (Georgian: ატრია). Atria is a boiled dough, usually made from the leftover dough after making Khinkali. It is popular throughout Georgia, especially in mountain areas and eastern Georgia. Lobio (Georgian: ლობიო) is a popular Georgian dish made with kidney beans. Ingredients (for Lobio): 500 grams of kidney beans, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp of … Continue reading

About Food – Eggs with a Garlic and Mayonnaise Sauce

In this family recipe we show how to make eggs with a delicious garlic and mayonnaise sauce, flavored with herbs and ajika. Ajika (Georgian: აჯიკა) is a hot, spicy paste used to flavor dishes mainly in Samegrelo and Abkhazia. It is made with hot red peppers, garlic, herbs and spices. Ingredients: 6 eggs. For the sauce: 400 grams of … Continue reading

About Food – Pastry with Lobio and Fried Onions

Kidney beans (lobio) are the main ingredient in Georgia’s famous Lobiani bean bread. In this family recipe from Georgia’s Imereti region we show how to make a pastry filled with kidney beans, flavored with fried onions and spices. Ingredients (filling for 6 to 8 servings): 1 kilo of kidney beans, 4 onions, 80 grams of parsley, 1 … Continue reading

About Food – Lobio with Pomegranate Juice

Lobio (Georgian: ლობიო) is a popular Georgian dish made with kidney beans and usually eaten with Mchadi and marinated vegetables. The Georgian word ‘lobio’ means ‘beans’. There are a number of varieties of this dish and in this family recipe we show how to make lobio flavoured with pomegranate juice. Ingredients: 800 grams of red lobio (kidney … Continue reading

About Food – Beetroot with Mayonnaise

Beetroot dishes are popular in Georgia, especially in winter. In this family recipe we show how to make a delicious and refreshing beetroot and mayonnaise dish flavored with Georgian tomato sauce and spices. Ingredients: 1 kilo of beetroot, 100 grams of mayonnaise, 80 grams of parsley, 120 grams of green onion, 50 ml of tomato sauce … Continue reading

About Food – Tarragon and Egg Flaky Pastry

Georgians are very fond of the herb tarragon, which they call tarkhuna (Georgian: ტარხუნა), and find many ways to eat it, including adding it to meat stews, grilled trout and herb salads. There is even an emerald green tarragon-flavored soda drink! In this recipe we will show you how to make a popular Georgian tarragon and egg flaky pastry. Ingredients … Continue reading

About Food – Pear Muraba

Pear Muraba is a delicious preserve made with pears and sugar and flavored with cloves and vanilla. It is eaten as a dessert and can be used as an ingredient in cakes. Ingredients: 2 kilos of firm pears (not over ripe), 1.5 kilos of sugar, 5 cloves, a third of a tsp of vanilla powder and 1.5 liters of … Continue reading

About Food – Quince Muraba

Quince is bright golden-yellow when it matures in late autumn and has a strongly perfumed flesh. The cooked fruit has been used throughout history as a food. In Georgia, the fruit is cooked with sugar to make Quince Muraba. Ingredients: 2 kilos of ripe quince, 2 kilos of sugar and 1.5 liters of water. Preparation: Wash the quince … Continue reading

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  • Sarpi Border Checkpoint

  • Shatili - Khevsureti

  • Traditional Tushetian balconied house (“Karseani”).

  • View of Mtskheta from Jvari Monastery

  • The village of Gebi in Svaneti

  • Page from the Illustrated London News dated 1873 - entitled 'Betrothal in Georgia'