5 traditional dishes to have on New Year's table in Georgia
13 December, 2017
The New Year’s feast has a long tradition in Georgia. It is common to think that if the New Year's feast is rich in various dishes and the table is beautifully arranged, then the whole year will be full of joy and happiness.

Only distinguished Georgian dishes are served at New Year’s table, as it is
the most important and special time in each family. Some of the traditional dishes are rarely served and prepared only on special occasions during the year.

geotv.ge

The grand preparation for the New Year starts a few days earlier in each family. That is the reason why the New Year's table has its own incomparable charm and taste in Georgia.

Although each region of the country has its own traditionas and variations of New Year’s table, there are top dishes that everyone should have on New Year’s eve. If you happen to be in Georgia or would like to celebrate this important occasion like a real Georgian, then you should definitely have these top five foods on your supra. However, They represent an integral part of the New Year’s feast and no one can imagine the celebration of this joyful festival without them.
geotv.ge
Here we present you top Georgian dishes with unforgettable taste and flavor, prepared specially for New Year's feast:

Satsivi

Georgian Christmas table (supra) is unimaginable without famous satsivi. Notably, it is a favorite New Year treat on Georgian feasts.

The word satsivi literally means cold dish in Georgian. It is also known as walnut sauce. Satsivi is a food paste in Georgian cuisine made primarily from walnuts and used in various recipes.
geotv.ge
Satsivi

The term satsivi is also used as a generic name for a variety of poultry, fish and vegetable appetizers made with the walnut sauce.

Satsivi is served cold, either as a dipping sauce for bread or sauce for boiled or fried chicken or fish.
geotv.ge
Traditionally, satsivi is made with walnuts, water, garlic, a combination of dried herbs.The most common type of Satsivi in Georgia is made of turkey or chicken.

Boiled turkey or chicken pieces submerged in satsivi is a staple of winter holiday feasts.The dish perfectly pairs with ghomi (Georgian cornmeal) or shoti (Georgian bread).

Eggplant with walnuts

Eggplant with walnuts is a traditional Georgian dish, which is loved and served in each Georgian family. But on New Year's Eve this dish is appreciated at any Georgian table, as never before.
geotv.ge
Eggplant with walnuts

The eggplant has a long history in Georgian cuisine. It is thought that eggplant which comes from Persia, was brought to Georgia in XII-XIII centuries. Eggplant with walnuts is recognized as the king among Georgian cold dishes. It can be prepared with dried or fresh herbs as well.
geotv.ge
There are several variations of eggplant with walnuts in different regions - adding more or less spices in each case. Though, the basic ingredients of this incredible dish are: fried eggplant with walnuts and spices.

Khachapuri

Khachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread. The filling contains cheese (fresh or aged, most commonly sulguni) and eggs.

It is Georgia's national dish, which is loved and appreciated not only in Georgia, but throughout the world. According to a survey, 88% of Georgians prefer khachapuri to pizza.
geotv.ge
Khachapuri

The bread is leavened and allowed to rise, and is shaped in various ways. There are several types of khachapuri from different regions of Georgia: Imeretian (Imeruli) Khachapuri, Adjarian (Adjaruli) khachapuri, Gurian (Guruli) khachapuri, etc.

Imeretian (Imeruli) Khachapuri from the western region of the country is the most widespread type found on New Year’s table in Georgia.
geotv.ge
It is noteworthy that the most popular with foreigners is Adjarian (Adjaruli) Khachapuri , with cheese in the middle and a crust which is ripped off and used to dip in the cheese.

Khachapuri has gone beyond the borders and is served at various restaurants across the world.

Gozinaki

Gozinaki is traditional New Year candy on the Georgian table. All the housewives in Georgia try to prepare as delicious Gozinaki as possible. This incomparable Georgian dessert is made of walnuts and honey.

geotv.ge

Gozinaki


Gozinaki is prepared only for the New Year. According to a long-established tradition, Gozinaki is a mandatory component of New Year's Eve/Christmas celebration.

Gozinaki is made of aromatic honey and high-quality, pale-colored walnuts. Before chopping, you must roast the walnuts lightly and peel them. The sweet staple serves as a symbol of abudance at the feast table.

Churchkhela

Churchkhela is yet another traditional Georgian candy that must be present in every family. Churchkhela is often referred to “Georgian Snickers” as long as it is quite delicious, contains lots of nuts and is energizing. Most importantly, it is made from natural and organic ingredients – natural condensed grape juice and walnuts or hazelnuts.

This famous Georgian candy is consumed particularly at Christmas and New Year, yet it can be prepared at any time all year round.
geotv.ge
Churchkhela

Churchkhela is a homemade Georgian product. Georgians usually make Churchkhela in autumn when the primary ingredients, grapes and nuts, are harvested. Instead of walnuts, sometimes nuts or almonds are used in the regions of west Georgia. Georgian warriors carried Churchkhelas with them because they contain many calories and are quite energizing.

One of best Churchkhela is made in Kakheti Region, which is known as the motherland of wine.
geotv.ge
Apart from these dishes, various fruits, both fresh and dries as well as lots of candies are common on the feast table.

Related stories:

How Tbilisi celebrated New Year in the past – Traditions you have not heard about

Celebrating New Year in Georgia now and then

How Georgians Celebrate the New Year and Christmas
Print
Other Stories
Famous US chef and author recommends: Visit Georgia!
Anthony Bourdain is well-known in the US for his Emmy-winning travel show “Parts Unknown,” on CNN. One of the last episodes was dedicated to Georgia.
The culture of baking Georgian bread in clay oven
Baking bread has a long tradition in Georgia. It is a ritual of daily life here.
Georgian cheese boat video captivates internet users
Popular Georgian cheese bread Adrajuli khachapuri has been spotlighted by world-famous website Culture Trip.
Top Georgian wine and cheese pairings – Simple guide
Combining wine and cheese is an unquenchable subject and it is being discussed by many gourmets and experts around the world.
Borano – Cheese omlette from Adjara
Adjarian dishes are an integral part of Georgian cuisine and its culture.
Top 9 must try Adjarian dishes
All regions of Georgia stand out for their local delicious dishes and they make up the entire Georgian cuisine
Famous Adjaruli Khachapuri featured at Food Network
World famous American food channel Food Network published a video recipe of a popular Georgian cheese bread Adjaruli Khachapuri.
 Chocolate Khinkali: Italian Chef’s extraordinary version of Georgian dumpling
Georgian cuisine, known for its hearty dishes and unique spicy flavors, has gone beyond Georgia's borders and captivated the hearts of many food enthusiasts around the world.
Most amazing cheese boats served in Georgian restaurant in NY
Georgian boat-shaped cheese bread named Adjaruli Khachapuri is not only Georgians’ beloved dish but now has already become a favorite dish of many people internationally.
Machari – New wine fermentation process in kvevri
Machari in Georgian is the name for new wine, when the pressed grape juice reaches the condition of fermentation. Machari has intensive aroma and sweet taste.
Delicious process: Preparing famous Georgian candy churchkhela
Georgian candy churchkhela, also known as Georgian Snickers, is widely popular with locals and especially with tourists.
Georgian wine vs. popular international varieties - Famous Master of Wine gives comparison
The first recipient of the Master of Wine title in Asia and a multi-media wine journalist Debra Meiburg compares Georgian
How perfect khachapuri is made in Guria
There are various methods of baking Georgian cheese bread khachapuri in different regions of the country.
How to make Adjarian Khachapuri at home
Adjaruli Khachapuri is another version of Georgian cheese bread. The dish originated in the seaside region of Georgia, Adjara.
Georgian food, wine gaining ground in US culinary scene
A former plastic surgeon, Maia Acquaviva left Georgia 3 years ago and went to live in New York, where she opened a Georgian restaurant.
Tbilisi Sketches: In the Court of the Khinkali Queen
Culinarybackstreets, the English language website reviewing authentic places to eat and discovering local interesting dishes, features Khinkali,
Tbilisi Sketches - Muscling Up Some Churchkhela
Culinarybackstreets has dedicated yet another article to Georgian cuisine after the previous thorough description of how Georgian bread Shoti
Tbilisi Sketches: Bread, the Georgian Way
Culinarybackstreets has dedicated a special article to Shotis puri or simply Shoti, a traditional Georgian delicious bread shaped like a canoe.
Five most delicious dishes straight from the Georgian mountains
Georgian cuisine boasts immense variety, with the menu being almost completely different
Imeruli khachapuri – One of Georgia’s most popular type of cheese bread
Khachapuri! When you hear this word, know that it means crispy thin bread filled with soft tender cheese, which stretches from your mouth as you take a bite.
It’s definitely worth a try – Golden eggplants filled with walnuts
The eggplant has a long history in Georgian cuisine.
Soup-Kharcho with rice - Time to warm up!
Soup-kharcho is one version of the traditional Georgian soup Kharcho, which is made with beef, walnuts and rice.
Traditional ajapsandali with a contemporary twist – You must try this!
Ajapsandali is a traditional Georgian spring-summer dish.
If you’ve never tried juicy chakhokhbili, then this is a must have recipe!
Chakhokhbili is stewed chicken with fresh herbs and tomatoes.
Time to make Adjaruli khacahpuri – A delicious bread boat with egg and cheese
Adjaruli Khachapuri is another version of Georgian cheese bread.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
20.01.2018
21.01.2018
USD
1
USD
2.5429
2.5429
EUR
1
EUR
3.1082
3.1082
GBP
1
GBP
3.5214
3.5214
RUB
100
RUB
4.4825
4.4825
750ml
Kvevri
Zangaura  / 2015
19.90
750ml
Red Semi-Sweet
Schuchmann Wines  / 2015
23.95
750ml
White Dry
None  / 2016
18.30
Other Stories
Cheese production in Georgia has a centuries-old history.

Two weeks ago the first Georgian restaurant in Washington D.C. opened its doors to food enthusiasts and lovers of the Georgian cuisine.
Traditional Georgian cheese bread Khachapuri has been spotlighted by BBC.
Washingtonian, popular monthly magazine distributed in the Washington, D.C. area, devotes an article to the opening of the first Georgian restaurant named Supra in Washington.
Georgian cuisine is the integral part of Georgian culture and traditions.
Tatarberak is a popular dish of Samtskhe-Javakheti Region in southern Georgia.
For the last ten years or so, Tusheti has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists arriving in Georgia.
Popular American publication, Thisisinsider reveals the best street food in 40 countries around the world. Among them is Khachapuri, a traditional Georgian dish
Rodalesorganiclife.com, American publisher of health and wellness magazines, books, and digital properties, publishes an article about Churchkhela,
One of Georgia’s unique wines, Saperavi, has attracted the attention of BBC,