Taste of Georgia: Lobio Recipe

Dish recipes: Lobio
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Experience the soul-warming flavors of Georgia with Lobio, a classic Georgian bean dish that's both hearty and comforting. Bursting with aromatic spices and rich flavors, Lobio is a staple of Georgian cuisine and a beloved dish for gatherings and family meals alike.


2 cups dried kidney beans

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish


Rinse the dried kidney beans and soak them in water overnight, or for at least 8 hours. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until softened. Drain the soaked kidney beans and add them to the pot with the onion and garlic. Add enough water to cover the beans by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let the beans simmer for about 1-1.5 hours, or until they are tender. Once the beans are cooked, stir in the tomato paste, ground coriander, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Mash some of the beans with the back of a spoon to thicken the sauce, leaving some beans whole for texture. Garnish the Lobio with fresh cilantro or parsley before serving.


Serve Lobio hot, accompanied by a generous slice of crusty bread or steamed rice. This comforting dish is perfect for a cozy night in or a gathering with friends and family. Pair with a glass of Georgian wine for the ultimate dining experience.

Lobio is more than just a bean dish it's a taste of Georgian hospitality and a celebration of simple, wholesome ingredients. Whether enjoyed as a side dish or a main course, Lobio is sure to leave a lasting impression and a longing for more.