GREEN 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 Wild Plum

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.

georgia-about-tkemali

The two main types of plum sauce are green and red. Red sauce is cooked from ripe plums at the end of summer. In this recipe we will show how to make green Tkemali sauce, which is prepared from unripe fruit in the Spring.

Ingredients (to make up to 3.2 liters): 3 kilos of green (unripe) wild sour plums.

Tkemali Unripe Plums

1 large whole garlic, 150 grams of fresh green coriander, 240 grams of fresh dill, 60 grams of fresh Pennyroyal (also called squaw mint, mosquito plant and pudding grass), 60 grams of Summer Savory (optional), 4 green peppers (ground red pepper can be used as substitute), 50-80 grams of sugar (optional and dependent upon the sourness of the plums), and salt (dependent on own preference).

Ingredients for Tkemali Plum Sauce

Preparation: Finely chop the coriander, dill and peppers. Strip the leaves from the Pennyroyal and discard the stalks. Finely chop the leaves. Separate the garlic into cloves. Tie the stalks of the Summer Savory together.

Chopped herbs for Tkemali Sauce

Wash plums and add to a deep pan. Add water until the plums are covered (no more).

Boiling Plums for Tkemali Sauce

Heat on high temperature until the plums are boiled and then reduce temperature to simmer the plums. Add the Summer Savory to the simmering plums.

Adding Herbs to boiled Plums for Tkemali Recipe

Continue to simmer the plums until they are soft (see picture below).

Boiling Tkemali Plums with Herbs

Remove the plums from the pan and add to a bowl and leave to cool. Do not discard the water left in the pan.

Boiled Tkemali Plums

Remove all of the water remaining in the pan and add it, together with the Summer Savory, to a separate bowl.

Herb for Tkemali Sauce

Crush the chopped coriander, Pennyroyal and green peppers together. Crush the garlic cloves separately. The herb mixture and the crushed garlic should look like the picture below.

Herbs for Tkemali Sauce

Place a sieve over a deep pan and add the cooled plums. Gradually add the plum water that was saved after boiling the plums and firmly press the plums with a wooden spoon. You may need to use your hands to ensure that all of the pulp and juice is strained through the sieve.

Straining the juice from Tkemali Plums

Discard the plum stones once all of the pulp and juice has been strained into the pan.

Squeezing Juice from Tkemali Plums

Add the coriander, Pennyroyal and green pepper mixture, together with the crushed garlic. Add salt (to your preference), stir to thoroughly mix and then heat on a medium temperature.

Adding Chopped Herbs to Plums for Tkemali Recipe

Taste the sauce and if it is too sour add a little sugar (no more than 80 grams) and stir thoroughly.

Adding Sugar to Tkemali Sauce Mix

When the sauce has boiled, add the chopped dill. Stir to mix thoroughly and boil the sauce for one minute.

Adding Herb to Tkemali Recipe

The sauce should look like the picture below.

Stirring the Tkemali Sauce Mix

Allow the sauce to cool before bottling or storing in glass containers. There is a bottling method that allows the tkemali to be stored for long periods without refrigeration and we will describe the process in a future post.

Serving:

Tkemali sauce can be served with meat, poultry and potato dishes.

Green Tkemali Sauce with Potatoes

Enjoy our Green Tkemali recipe!

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6 Responses to “GREEN TKEMALI – SOUR PLUM SAUCE”
  1. Would FABULOUS be the word???? Thank you for the time you took photographing, explaining, etc. It’s plum glut time here and a friend who has spent time in Georgia linked you to me.

  2. judith devlin says:

    Great recipes and great food. Perhaps have a printer friendly version minus the pictures? But overall super!!!

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