5 Delicious Dishes Worth Traveling to Georgia

5 Dec 2022

Georgia’s Culinary Delights

When visiting a new country, trying the local food is usually high on the agenda with Georgian food being no different. From Khinkali to Kachapuri to even a assorted Pkhali there is endless choices to try and devour!

1. One and only Khinkali

There’s no better way to explore Georgia than with Khinkali, which is one of the most popular dishes in Georgian cuisine and considered to be a national dish.

Khinkali originated from the mountain regions of Pshavi, Mtiuleti, Tusheti, and Khevsureti but it’s now widely consumed throughout the country. They’re a popular Georgian comfort food and often served towards the end of feast “Supra”.

Khinkali refers to Georgian meat-filled soup dumplings made with knobs of dough filled with a mixture of pork and beef (or lamb). They can be made with other fillings as well like vegetables, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, and cheese, but the most common versions are stuffed with spiced ground meat.

To eat, the dumpling is sprinkled with black pepper and then picked up by its stem by hand. The diner takes a small bite from the side of the top to suck out the hot broth before digging into the filling.

2. Pkhali

Pkhali refers to a family of Georgian appetizers made with any type of cooked vegetable mixed with ground walnuts, garlic, herbs, and spices. Commonly served at local restaurants, it’s like a type of cold vegetable pate or spread that’s traditionally eaten with Georgian griddled corn cakes called mchadi.

Pkhali can be made with different types of vegetables like spinach, beetroot, white beans, cabbage, eggplant, carrots, or squash. They take the color of whatever vegetable they’re made with so they can range in appearance from a pale orange to a deep green to an intense purple. Typically shaped into balls, they’re often garnished with pomegranate seeds and served as the first course at supras.


Kachapuri is one of the most beloved Georgian foods. Like Khinkali, it’s a popular comfort food and widely considered to be our national dish.

Khachapuri refers to a traditional Georgian dish consisting of cheese-filled bread. The bread can be shaped in various ways, typically with the cheese in the middle and a surrounding crust that can be broken off and dipped into the cheese. Aside from a specialized Khachapuri cheese, the filling can contain eggs and other ingredients as well.

This beloved cheese bread is widely available throughout this region, both at Georgian restaurants and as street food. It exists in many shapes and variations.

4. Ajapsandali

Ajapsandali refers to a traditional Georgian vegetable dish made with different stewed vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, green peppers, and bell peppers. They’re stewed till tender with seasonings like garlic, dry coriander, ground red pepper, black pepper, and salt.

Ajapsandali is typically consumed as part of a Georgian family meal. You can think of it as our version of ratatouille.

5. Lobio&Mchadi

Lobio refers to a popular Georgian bean soup or stew made with kidney beans. It exists in many varieties and can be prepared with cooked or stewed beans flavored with herbs and spices like coriander, garlic, onions, bay leaves, and blue fenugreek. Depending on the version, it can be served hot or cold and is typically eaten with mchadi or traditional  cornbread.

One of the most common types of lobio in Georgia is a cold version called lobio nigozit (bean with walnut). It’s typically made with cooked red kidney beans that are mashed with garlic, onions, walnuts, coriander, chili pepper, marigold petals, and vinegar. Hot versions of lobio may contain meat and are often served in a clay pot with mchadi.

Mestia “Best Tourism Village”

The United Nations World Tourism Organization, the winning direction in the project, significantly contributes to making tourism the main driving force of its sustainable development, both in the economic and social, as well as in the ecological direction. It is important to note that it is raising its awareness as a destination distinguished by the level of rural tourism development in the international arena.

Within the framework of the project, the winning location of “Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO” is also given the opportunity to become part of the global network of leading destinations in the direction of rural tourism development, which provides a good opportunity for mutual sharing of best experiences among its members.

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