Flavorful Delight: Pkhali Recipe

Dish recipes: Pkhali
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Experience the vibrant and healthy side of Georgian cuisine with Pkhali, a traditional vegetable and walnut spread that's both nutritious and delicious. This versatile dish, made from finely chopped vegetables, herbs, and a rich walnut paste, is a staple at Georgian feasts and a must-try for any food lover.


2 lbs (0.9 kg) spinach or beet greens, washed and trimmed

1 cup (0.45 kg) walnuts

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup (0.23 kg) fresh cilantro

1/2 cup (0.23 kg) fresh parsley

1/4 cup (0.11 kg) red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground fenugreek

1 teaspoon ground paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spinach or beet greens and cook for 2-3 minutes until wilted. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Squeeze out excess water and chop finely. In a food processor, combine the walnuts, minced garlic, fresh cilantro, fresh parsley, ground coriander, ground fenugreek, and ground paprika. Blend until you have a smooth, thick paste. In a large bowl, mix the chopped greens with the walnut paste. Add the finely chopped onion, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine all the ingredients thoroughly. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding more salt, pepper, or vinegar to taste. Transfer the Pkhali mixture to a serving dish. Garnish with pomegranate seeds if desired.


Serve Pkhali chilled or at room temperature as an appetizer or side dish. It's perfect with slices of crusty bread, pita, or as part of a larger spread of Georgian dishes. Enjoy the unique blend of textures and flavors that make Pkhali a beloved Georgian classic.

Pkhali is not just a dish it's a celebration of Georgia's rich culinary heritage and the bounty of its land. With its wholesome ingredients and vibrant flavors, Pkhali brings a touch of Georgian tradition to your table, offering a taste that's both exotic and familiar.