GEORGIAN CUISINE
Amazing cuisine of Svaneti
13 July, 2018
Georgian traditional meals are significantly enriched by Svanetian cuisine. The historic province of Svaneti is located on the southern slope of the central Caucasus Mountains in the northwestern part of Georgia. The highest mountain in Georgia, Shkhara (5201m) is also located in Svaneti. Another distinguishing feature in Svaneti is its famous tower houses built between the 9th -12th centuries, adding to its architectural treasures and picturesque landscapes. But let’s get back to Svaneti’s delicious cuisine.
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Svanetian
salt, Photo courtesy: www.kulinaria.ge

Svanetian salt (Svanuri Marili) is a traditional spicy salt created in this region. It is not an ordinary salt but a mixture of salt, pepper, different spices and dried garlic. Svaneti is known for its variety of plants which also adds to the salt’s exquisite fragrance. The salt can be used in any kind of meal from soups to salads and vegetables.
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Kubdari, Photo courtesy: www.funtime.ge

Kubdari is a bread meal filled with meat (lamb, pork or kid) and a mixture of onion and spices. One of its particular ingredients is a variety of cumin grown in Svaneti. Kubdari gained the status of Intangible Cultural heritage of Georgia in 2015.
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Chvishdari. Photo courtesy: www.gemrielia.ge

Chvishdari is a corn bread mixed with cheese and eggs or Matsoni (a milk product particular to Caucasian cuisine, similar to sour cream). The mixture is baked in a shape of balls or flat circles in an oiled pan. Chvishdari perfectly goes with fresh tomato and cucumber salads. In other parts of Georgia, baked corn bread and cheese are eaten separately.
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Tashmijabi, Photo courtesy: www.ambebi.ge

Tashmijabi is one of the most appetizing dishes of Svanetian cuisine. It contains potato, a brined Georgian cheese, salt and water. Potatoes are pureed and then mixed with cheese, water and salt to taste. Some milk can also be added to the mixture.


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