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Georgian: Khinkali April 23, 2012

Filed under: Dinner,Georgian,Recipes — multiculturalfamilyrecipes @ 9:21 pm

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 3.5 cup flour
  • salt

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 pound beef 20% fat
  • 1 onion
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the egg and 1 cup of the water. Stir the egg and water into the flour with a fork. Add more water as needed to form a soft dough. Remove the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 5 to 6 minutes. Cover and set aside for at least 20 minutes to rest.
  • In another bowl, dice onions and garlic mix together the rest of the ingredients for the filling.
  • Cut the rested dough into 2 portions. Roll out one portion of the dough to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out 3-inch rounds of the dough using a cookie cutter or large glass. Roll each round out into a 5- or 6-inch round. Sprinkle each round with a little flour and set aside as you finish with the rest.
  • Place about 1/4 cup of filling in the center of a round of dough. Working around the dumpling, bring an edge of the dough up over the filling, making pleats in the dough and bringing the edges together over the top of the filling. Pinch the top of the dumpling together to seal it and form a knob. Repeat with the remaining dough rounds and filling.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the dumplings to the water and cook at a low boil for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove the dumplings to a serving dish with a slotted spoon. Season generously with cracked black pepper and serve hot. Can also be served with sour cream.
  • How to Eat Khinkali: Grab the top knob of a dumpling and bring it to your mouth. Take the first bite carefully. If the dumpling has been sealed properly, delicious, brothy juice will gush out. Eat the remainder of the dumpling except for the top knob. The knob is never eaten by Georgians. Instead, line them up on your plate to keep a tally of your appetite.


Khinkali is a Georgian tradition I remember as a little girl I would sit with my grandma and make them it was a long process but the end result was worth every second. Traditionally it is eaten with fresh carcked black pepper. The knots are not usually eaten by it is my favorite part. It is very juicy and keeps you coming back for more.


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