Traditional fasting dishes from Georgia ideally suited for vegans
17 December, 2018
Traditional fasting dishes from Georgia ideally suited for vegans
The Georgian cuisine has a lot to offer, not only for meat lovers, but for vegetarians and even vegans likewise. Given all the popular meal dishes in Georgia like Mtsvadi, Khinkali, or Kharcho, it may come to you as a surprise that there is a lot of traditional vegan food too. The reason for it is the Orthodox Church. Actually believers should fasten on Wednesday and Friday, says the Orthodox Church. That means no meat, including poultry, fish, eggs, nor dairy
products like milk, butter and cheese. Here we present you some of the vegan friendly Georgian dishes.

Lobio

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Lobio served in a clay pot, photo courtesy: www.foodandkitchen.pl

This popular dish made of kidney beans is not necessarily served hot, but always spicy. The beans are cooked and then mashed with garlic, onions, walnuts, coriander, marigold petals, chili pepper and vinegar. Traditionally, Lobio is served in a clay pot. If you feel like cooking it on your own, here you it is explained how it is made.

Lobiani Adjaran style

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Tradition meets innovation, enjoy!

Usually, the Georgian bean pie looks like a thicker pizza without any toppings, but with a delicious bean filling. However, since the boat-shaped Adjaruli khacahpuri has become so popular, Georgian chefs have invented different variations of it with beans, spinach or other vegetables. Here you find a recipe for Lobiani a la Adjara. If you are more the traditional type, here the way how to prepare a traditional Lobiani is explained.

‘Hercules’ – oat cutlets

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Delicious cutlets, juicy just like meat

This tasty dish is the perfect meat substitute. And the good thing is that it is served in most cafeterias and lunch places in Tbilisi. Hard to believe that its main ingredient is actually oat. Oat cutlets exist in other cultures such as the Indian cuisine as well. In Georgia they are called ‘Hercules’. There is no recipe for the Georgian dish, so just go translate this page into English if you wish to cook them at home too.

Mushroom khinkali

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Looks like meat khinkali, but there are mushrooms hiding inside

Unbelievable that something made of nothing more than flour, salt, water, mushrooms, onions and some herbs can taste so delicious. Most restaurants in Tbilisi serve different variations of the traditional Georgian dish khinkali. One of them is with mushrooms. For those of you who feel confident enough in the kitchen, find here a recipe.

Badrijani

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Not only tasty, but also beautiful to look at

Traditionally, Badrijani Nigvzit is served as a starter. However, together with salad or potatoes, for example, the eggplant rolls filled with a spiced walnut and garlic paste make a perfect meal. Why not try cooking this king of the Georgian cold dishes on your own?

Tolma

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Tolma is known in many different cultures

This popular dish exists also in many other countries. In Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey it goes under the name of Dolma. But no matter how you call it, the principle is always the same: Rolled cabbage, vine leaves or just pepper stuffed with whatever you like. For vegans, Tolma with rice is recommended.

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