Khinkali is quite a complicated name for such a simple dish, isn’t it? One of the best Georgian dish is an extraordinary example of a traditional cuisine. Being usually associated with the mantle or dumplings, khinkali is absolutely genuine Georgian dish and quite different from all its ‘'counterparts''.
When centuries ago somewhere in the mountains of Georgia, stuffing on khinkali was prepared manually, according to tradition, by cutting the ingredients like mutton or beef, previously slaughtered with a sharp dagger. In addition to salt, pepper and broth, a variety of local herbs were used. A bit later, chopped onion and garlic were included in the recipe. The dough which was previously mixed in water was rolled out more than once, thereby turning it into a soft ball. Then it was divided into pieces, each of which was rolled out into a thin pice.
Modern Georgians chefs use ordinary beef in combination with other kinds of meat, twisted together with onions and herbs in a coarse meat grinder, but if you change the shape of khinkali, you’ll break the tradition and offend Georgians that take their national dishes very seriously.
The process of cooking implies the use of a large pan with a well-salted boiling water, but the invention of modern kitchen techs has diversified and facilitated the preparation process, so we can easily cook khinkali in multi-cooker. In this recipe, along with traditional way of cooking, steam option will be mentioned as well. Kneading of the dough and filling in this genuine Georgian recipe will surprise everyone with its unique tricks to cook, of course, deserve praise and admiration.
For the dough:
For the filling:
How to properly eat khinkali:
Variations and options for khinkali in multi-cooker
Nutritious Meat. For a balanced diet, meat products is exactly what your body needs. Meat protein is able to replenish the protein stock of a human. In this recipe we use dietetic beef, which contains not only a valuable and complete protein, but also a whole range of vitamins B, as well as macro- and microelements.
The use of coriander. The filling contains such useful grass as cilantro (coriander)where carotene, mineral salts, and vitamins C, B1, B2, P are present in large quantities. Even the leaves of coriander are considered a good antibacterial agent to the oral cavity.
Onion the Folk healer. The properties of onion can not be overestimated, it is useful entirely, especially red. It is believed that the red onion has a rejuvenating effect, but also enhances sexual desire.
Healthy pepper. Many of us think that pepper can damage the digestive system but, in fact, it just aids digestion in the operation, under the influence of which increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid. Morevoer, pepper is a good protector for the skin exposed to UV light, serves as antiseptic, antioxidant, diuretic, etc.
There’s no healthy products in the recipe and the method of preparation is considered a 100% healhty. Perhaps that is why Georgia is a country of centenarians. They eat khinkali with a glass of red wine and always smiling. By the way, a positive attitude is a distinctive feature of the Georgian nation. We promise that our dish will cheer you up after your try it. Cook, experiment, enjoy a tasty and healthy food as do the real Georgians! And we’re always looking forward to your letters with original recipes. Always yours, HozOboz!