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Georgian Cuisine and Food: Top 5 Georgian Dishes

Georgia is one of the countries that started wine production early in the world. The fertile valleys of the Caucasus have hosted grape cultivation and wine production for 8000 years. Due to the millennia of wine production and its leading economic role in Georgian history, wine in Georgia is an integral part of the national identity. Not only the wine but also many delicious dishes play an important role in Georgian cuisine with some of the most traditional Georgian food.

Wine is linked to nearly every aspect of Georgian cuisine, history, and culture. Naturally, this wonderful wine culture is accompanied by a wonderful food culture in these fertile lands of Georgia. So, let’s have a look at the most famous and traditional food in Georgian cuisine!

1. Khachapuri

Georgian dishes

It is the most famous traditional Georgian food of cheese-filled bread. The dish is so popular that each region has its own variety but the main ingredients are the same everywhere.

2. Pkhali

Georgian dishes

Vegetable purees such as beets, carrots, and spinach are served with lemon sauce and garlic. In Georgian cuisine, where animal products are very common in recipes, this dish is a great option for vegetarians.

3. Khinkali

Georgian dishes

It is a dumpling-style pastry dish. There are options with cheese, mincemeat, and vegetables! Watch out for the coriander! ?

4. Shkmeruli

It is a creamy chicken meal. Chicken, milk, and garlic sauce are traditionally combined together and baked in a traditional Georgian red clay baking dish. This delicious dish’s origin comes from the teeny tiny village of Shkmeri.

5. Lobio

Georgian dishes

Lobio is another traditional Georgian food. Ingredients are various kinds of prepared beans, containing coriander, walnuts, garlic, and onion. The most common version is Lobio nigvzit, a thick soup with red beans, onions, walnuts, and blue fenugreek.

If your way comes across Georgia one day, don’t forget to check our Tbilisi food guide to find the best restaurants in Tbilisi to taste the most traditional food in Georgian cuisine!

Due to these unprecedented times, if you can’t have a chance to get a ticket to Georgia, my suggestion is to invite your friends and organize a Georgian feast at your house. Traveling is unfortunately not possible as much as it was for a while, but you can take pre-warming tours by bringing your destination to your home for now.

Bon appetit.

Written by Hale Bozkurt

Hale is an observer, open-minded and goal-oriented individual with exceptional brand & pr management skills. The reason why she hit the road is to explore how geography affects the people, religion, destiny, culture, economy, and food of a country.

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