KHABIDZGINA

Khachapuri (Georgian: ხაჭაპური) is justifiably considered to be one of Georgia’s national dishes and is popular in restaurants and in homes. There are several different regional types and it can be made with a variety of fillings. In this recipe we show how to make Khabidzgina (Georgian: ხაბიძგინა), which is a khachapuri filled with potato and cheese. This type of … Continue reading

Chicken with Mushrooms and Mayonnaise

In this family recipe we show how to make chicken with mushrooms and a spicy garlic mayonnaise sauce. Ingredients (4 servings): 500 grams of chicken breast, 500 grams of mushrooms, 200 grams of mayonnaise, 1 tsp dried blue fenugreek, 1 tsp of dried coriander, 1 level tbs dried marigold, up to 10 cloves of garlic, 8 … Continue reading

KUBDARI

Kubdari (Georgian: კუბდარი) is a meat filled pastry that originates from Georgia’s Svaneti region, where it is also called ‘kuptaari’. It can be made with either beef or pork but the most popular version uses both. It should be made with cut meat and not minced meat. Ingredients (filling): 500 grams of pork, 500 grams … Continue reading

WILD OYSTER MUSHROOM PASTRY

Wild Oyster mushrooms are called ‘Kalmakha’ in Georgia and grow on the bark of trees. They look, smell and taste like oysters and are a popular ingredient in Georgian cuisine. In this family recipe we show how to prepare wild oyster mushroom filled pastries. Ingredients for the filling (8 servings): 700 grams of wild oyster mushrooms, 100 grams … Continue reading

GURIAN CHEESE AND EGG FILLED PASTRY

In this recipe we show how to make a pastry filled with cheese and boiled eggs that comes from Georgia’s Guria region. Guria (Georgian: გურია) is situated in the western part of the country, bordered by the eastern end of the Black Sea. Ingredients (for 4 servings): For the dough: 600 grams of flour, 300 grams of all … Continue reading

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

ELARJI – CORNMEAL WITH 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 pot. Add … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

CHICKEN BARBECUE

Barbecued meat is very popular in Georgia both as a family meal and also at feasts and celebrations. Pork is the most popular meat, followed by chicken. In this recipe we will show you how to prepare barbecued chicken. Ingredients: 1 kilo of chicken breasts, 1 large onion, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tbs of … Continue reading

KHABAKHI – FRIED MARROW WITH WEGETABLES

In this recipe we will show how to make a popular Georgian family dish called Khabakhi (Georgian: ყაბაყი). It is made with marrow fried with vegetables and spices. Ingredients (serves 3): 600 grams of marrow, 1 large sweet pepper, 150 grams of white onions, 1 large tomato, 70 grams of fresh parsley, 4 cloves of garlic, 100 ml of … Continue reading

MAKING GEORGIAN FLAKY PASTRY

Flaky pastry is used for several popular Georgian dishes, including Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread), Lobiani, pastries and cakes. This step-by-step guide will show you how to make authentic Georgian flaky pastry. Ingredients: 1.2 kilos of white flour, 1 egg, 180 grams of butter, 500 ml tepid water (milk can be used instead, especially if you intend to make … Continue reading

GEORGIAN LOBIANI BAKED IN TONE

We recently returned to our bakery, Trepezi, in our neighborhood in Tbilisi to see how our baker, Zaur Skhirtladze, makes Lobiani (boiled bean bread). Lobiani is enjoyed all year round and especially eaten on the Georgian holiday of Barbaroba, or St. Barbara’s Day (December 17). The main ingredient of Lobiani is boiled kidney beans. Zaur told us that after boiling, … Continue reading

GEORGIAN BREAD (PART 2)

To show how traditional Georgian bread is made we spent a morning with our local baker, Zaur Skhirtladze, who works at the bakery, Trepezi in our neighborhood in Tbilisi. A typical day at our Georgian bakery begins at 7.30 a.m. when Zaur lights the deep circular oven called a tone. The tone will take around one and a half hours to reach the … Continue reading

GEORGIAN BREAD (PART 1)

In Georgia, bread is called puri (pronounced “poo-ree”) and is traditionally baked in a deep circular clay oven called a tone (pronounced “ton-AY”). Traditional bread, especially the long pointed bread called shotis puri, is very popular and usually served with every meal. Most streets in Georgia have at least one traditional bakery. We went behind the scenes at … Continue reading

IMERETIAN CHEESE

Imeretian cheese from the Imereti region of Georgia is a very popular curd cheese made from cows milk. It has a soft and springy texture and a slightly sour, salty taste. It is a “quick cheese” maturing in just one or two days. A typical handmade Imeretian cheese is shaped as a flat disc, 2.5 to 3.5 centimeters thick. … Continue reading

POTATO, RICE AND HERB SOUP WITH 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 the Caucasus region it is rich in mineral content, protein and calcium and renowned for its health giving properties. In Georgia, matsoni is popular with children and is used in cooking, especially … Continue reading

  • CHASHUSHULI WITH SUMMER SAVORY

  • FKHALI WITH BEETROOT LEAVES AND NUTS

  • GURIAN CHEESE AND EGG FILLED PASTRY

  • LOBIO WITH MINT AND EGGS

  • MEGRELIAN AJIKA

  • TOLMA SPICY SOUR CREAM AND TOMATO SAUCE

  • GREEN AJIKA

  • CHAKHRAGINA -OSSETIAN KHACHAPURI

  • TOLMA (DOLMA) – STUFFED VINE LEAVES

  • CHICKEN LIVER WITH RED WINE AND SVANETIAN SALT

  • MOKHRAKULI KHACHAPURI

  • KABABI WITH POMEGRANATE JUICE

  • GEORGIAN LOBIO WITH NUTS

  • MEGRULI KHACHAPURI

  • GREEN BEANS WITH NUTS

  • DARK GRAPE PELAMUSHI WITH CORN FLOUR

  • EGGPLANT “CAVIAR” WITH POMEGRANATE

  • MARINATED GREEN TOMATOES

  • KETSULA - CHICKEN WITH SOUR CREAM AND SPICES

  • BADAGI

  • CHICKEN WITH GREEN AJIKA

  • PELAMUSHI – TATARA

  • KHACHAPURI WITH POTATO FILLING

  • FRIED BEETROOT WITH TOMATOES AND SPICES

  • SHKMERULI – CHICKEN COOKED IN MILK AND GARLIC

  • EKALA FKHALI

  • MUSHROOM CHASHUSHULI WITH POTATOES

  • CHAKHOKHBILI – CHICKEN WITH HERBS

  • CHAKAPULI RECIPE

  • FRIED KHINKALI

  • SVANETIAN KHACHAPURI WITH GREEN ONIONS

  • FRIED GREEN TOMATOES WITH ONION AND CARROT

  • KUBDARI - SVANETIAN MEAT PASTRY

  • WILD OYSTER MUSHROOM PASTRY

  • AJIKA WITH TOMATOES

  • EGGPLANT WITH WALNUTS AND HERBS

  • LOBIO WITH FRIED HAM

  • BEETROOT FKHALI WITH WALNUTS

  • EGGPLANT WITH PEPPERS AND SVANETIAN SALT

  • PORK CHASHUSHULI WITH MUSHROOMS AND MEGRELIAN AJIKA

  • LOBIO WITH CHEESE

  • ELARJI – CORNMEAL WITH SULGUNI CHEESE

  • KHABAKHI – FRIED MARROW

  • OJAKHURI – FAMILY MEAL

  • GEORGIAN SALAD

  • LEEK SATSIVI

  • SPICY TOMATO SAUCE

  • CHICKEN LIVER WITH AJIKA AND SUMMER SAVORY

  • OJAKHURI WITH CHICKEN AND FRIED POTATOES FLAVORED WITH MARIGOLD

  • OYSTER MUSHROOMS WITH EGGS AND SWEET RED PEPPER

  • LOBIO WITH SWEETCORN

  • CHICKEN WITH SPICY HAZELNUT SAUCE

  • CHICKEN BARBECUE

  • LOBIO WITH TOMATOES AND SPICES

  • BAKED MUSHROOMS FILLED WITH SULGUNI CHEESE