Khinkali might actually be one of the most famous Georgian foods. We visited Georgia a few years ago and were pleasantly surprised about the food, landscape and culture. Georgia turned out to be a country full of nice people, beautiful scenery and great food and wine.
Khinkali is a popular dish to order in a restaurant when with a large dinner party. We saw groups of friends ordering a plate of khinkali for the table. I find it funny that khinkali is such a social food, since it’s impossible to eat looking nice. It’s kind of like tacos and burgers, I guess. It’s cheap, super tasty, and you just accept that you all look a bit crazy eating it.
So how do you actually eat khinkali? We were really struggling with this at first, when we ordered khinkali at a restaurant in Georgia. The best tip I can give you is not trying to eat it with a fork and knife. Georgians will laugh at you. It’s a fingerfood, so use your hands!
From the design of khinkali you actually already get a clue obout how you should eat it. Pick up the dumpling with your hand, holding the doughy stem on top. You take a small bite and suck out the broth, before eating the rest of the filling. The stems aren’t really great to eat so you discard these. (Rumors are even that you place the stems on your side of the plate, so you can keep count of how many dumplings you ate.)
Khinkali is considered one of Georgia’s national dishes. These tasty meat dumplings are filling, comforting, and full of flavor. There are many variations possible, as you can make khinkali with meat, with cheese, mushrooms or vegetables. And don’t forget, it’s a finger food so use your hands!
For the dough:
For the filling:
To make the dough:
To make the filling:
To finish the dumplings:
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