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), 4 Bay leaves, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 white onion, 20 grams of fresh green coriander, 2 green peppers, 1 tsp of dried coriander, half tsp of dried Blue Fenugreek, 1 tsp black pepper and salt (quantity dependent on personal preference).
Soak beans in cold water for two hours prior to cooking. Drain water and add beans, bay leaves and salt to a deep pot containing 1.5 liters of water. Cook on a medium heat until the beans are tender.
Drain the beans and add them to a mixing bowl, together with crushed garlic, chopped onions, peppers and fresh coriander. Crumble the cheese and add to the bowl, together with the spices.
Mix thoroughly with a spoon.
Serving: Serve cold.
Enjoy your lobio with cheese!