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Authentic Georgian Khinkali

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July 3, 2014 / International / By
Ryan Dickinson

During the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college I spent a month abroad in Armenia and Georgia. Of all the places I got to visit during this particular trip, Tbilisi was my favorite. I loved its energy, its history, and its friendliness. And I especially loved the food. All of the food I ate in Georgia was fresh, filling, and flavorful.  One of my favorite meals in Georgia was Georgian Kinkali or dumplings.  All of the dumplings we ate we’re cooked to perfection and filled with meat, potatoes, or cheese. I’d had no idea that Georgia was famous for their dumplings, but once I’d sampled them I understood the apparent hype.

I first tried Georgian dumplings when I was eating at an authentic Georgia restaurant with the people I was traveling with. Then, about a week later, a Georgian Baptist minister invited us to dinner at his family home. We had spent the past week shadowing the minister and learning about his church’s involvement in the Tbilisi community. On the night of the dinner we met the rest of his family, played games, talked for hours, and also learn how to make Georgian dumplings. His wife even gave us her best dumpling recipe and guided us through the process of making them ourselves.

Found below is her recipe for authentic Georgian Khinkali. This recipe covers the basics of making potato-filled, meat-filled, and cheese filled dumplings.

1. Wash and peel ½ kilograms of golden-skinned potatoes.

2.  Push the whole, skinned potatoes one at a time though a grinder that shapes them into the shape of thick spaghetti noodles. Individuals without a grinder can also mash their potatoes.

3. Place them in a large bowl.

4. Add, in a separate bowl, one kilogram of ground beef, one bunch of parsley, and three small onions. Also add a pinch of pepper and coriander to the bowl.

5. In the bowl with the potatoes also add a pinch of pepper.

6. Next begin preparing the meat mixture for the meat dumplings. To the meat mixture, add hot but not boiling water. Stir well and add a big spoonful of salt to the mixture. Then add water until the meat mixture has the texture of stew.

7. In another large bowl, add 2 kilograms of flour. Also add two cups of hot salt water to the flour. Only about 2 tablespoons of salt need be used to make the salt water concoction.

8. Continue adding hot water to the dough mixture and knead the mixture in between water additions. Individuals can also add more flour so that the dough is not so sticky.

9. Next boil a large pot of water on the stove.

10. Place two small chopped onions and a ½ cup of oil in a separate bowl. Add this to the potato mixture after heating over the stove. Add one tablespoon of flour to the onion, oil, and potato mixture and mash them together.

11. Cut the dough already formed in half, place it on a table, and coat it with flour.

12. Roll both sections with a rolling pin. The dough must be thick and shaped like a pizza crust.

13. Now use a small glass cup to cut out circles of dough.

14. Roll out all of these circles of dough so that they are about 4 inches in diameter.

15. At this point, there should be two bowls left - one containing the meat mixture and one containing the potato mixture.

16. For the meat dumplings, place a small amount of meat in the center of the rolled out piece of dough and shape it into a ball.

17. Cinch the dough by bringing it together and forming a knob in the middle.

19. Pinch tightly so that neither the juice nor the meat escapes.

20. Place the dumpling knob-side down in boiling water for about ten minutes and stir the water occasionally

21. Once cooked they are ready to eat!

22. The potato dumplings can be made the same way as the meat dumplings. Yet, the potato dumplings are shaped like fish.

23. Finally, the cheese dumplings come together in an oblong shape and are pinched in the middle to look like tortillas with a ridge pattern.

 

 

 

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