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 dishes mainly in Samegrelo and Abkhazia. It is made with hot peppers, garlic, herbs and spices. Akhkhyla is used in Abkhazia to flavor meat, fish and vegetable dishes and also as an ingredient in sauces, such as walnut sauce. It is similar to Svanetian salt but is made without garlic.

Eggplant with Walnuts and Red Ajika

Ingredients: 1 kilo of eggplant, 300 grams of walnuts, 1 heaped tsp of ajika (see recipe here), 1 tsp of hot red pepper, 1 heaped tsp of Abkhazian spice mix (Akhkhyla – see recipe here), 1 red onion (for garnish), 20 grams of fresh green coriander (for garnish), 7 tbs of oil, and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference).

Preparation: Slice the eggplant and add to a pan with 7 tbs of oil. Fry (covered) on a low temperature until one side is cooked. Remove cover and fry the other side. Repeat until all of the eggplant is fried.

Frying Eggplant

Grind the walnuts (we used a meat grinder).

grind-walnuts - Copy

Add 1 heaped tsp of ajika (see recipe here) to the ground walnuts, together with 1 tsp of hot red pepper, 1 heaped tsp of Abkhazian spice mix (see recipe here), and salt.

Adding Ajika and Spices

Mix thoroughly.

Mixing Walnuts with Spices and Ajika

Arrange the fried eggplant on a serving dish. We placed them on lettuce leaves.

Fried Eggplant

Serving: For a supra (feast) the mixture is spread on the fried slices of eggplant. We garnished ours with red onion and fresh green coriander. The dish can also be served with the mixture and eggplant mixed together.

Eggplant with Walnuts and Red Ajika ready for serving

Enjoy your Abkhazian Eggplant with Walnuts and Ajika!

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