Every country, every region offers its own varieties of food. Georgian cuisine for us was quite unique and taste buds satisfying. Being a cuisine rich with meat, it also offers lots of vegetarian options which are delicious and nutritious.
Georgian food is tasty, colorful and offers indeed a lot of variabilities. There are so many age old dishes that Georgia has which resorts with its neighboring countries as its amidst the ancient Silk Route. Georgians had an edge to choose the best among its neighbors but despite all the impacts, Georgian cuisine creates an impression globally.
While in Georgia one should surely try these vegetarian dishes. You can also check out Georgian dishes recipe
Georgian Bread also is known as ‘Puri’ is a traditional bread of Georgia. It is a bread baked in a circular clayed oven called ‘Tone’. Puri is long in shape and pointed at both ends and is served with almost every meal.
You will find this bread in traditional bakeries found across Georgia. The best part is, you can also get the glimpse of how it’s made and can also try your hands on.
Khachapuri which is a traditional Georgian dish is a Cheese-filled Bread (and some bakeries add scrambled egg along with cheese). Khachapuri is available in multiple types and in various shapes across various regions. Georgians prefer Khachapuri over pizza, which was our preference too.
Churchkhela is a traditional sausage shaped Georgian candy. Mostly tourists get confused by its shape because it gives an impression of a sausage. It is a candy made from grapes, nuts, almonds, walnuts, hazel nuts, raisins, and flour. It is threaded and dipped in grape juice and dried. It is very delicious and an ideal snack for munching.
Khinkali is a traditional Georgian dumpling. You will find lots of variations in Khinkali across different regions, making it popular staple food in Georgia. The meat filling is widely prepared but mushroom fillings are also available for vegetarians. Also, there are Khinkali’s filled with vegetables and cheese, but they are difficult to find.
Various beans prepared with coriander, walnuts, garlic, and onion and served either hot or cold is Lobio. It is very similar to Rajma (Kidney Beans which is an Indian dish) and is very different from other Georgian dishes. Lobio is usually served in a clay pot, and you can either have it with or without Khachapuri.
Pkhali is Georgian salad made with various vegetables like beets, spinach, cabbage, eggplant, beans in combination with walnuts, herbs, onions, and garlic. It is served either by making balls or flattened and topped along with fresh pomegranates, making it a healthy feast.
A bread filled with beans called ‘Lobiani’ is another traditional starter among Georgians. It is very much similar to Khachapuri bread but stuffed with beans and bacon. This would be the best choice on the go!
Badrijani which is also known as Nigvziani Badrijani is another famous Georgian Appetizer. Stuffing of spiced walnut paste in fried eggplant makes it one of the favorites amongst all. Though Eggplant is not everyone’s pick this one will definitely change your perception.
Baked mushroom with sulguni cheese
Mushrooms filled with Georgian sulguni cheese and baked in traditional Georgian pots ‘ Ketsi ‘ makes this another unique combination among Georgian cuisine. For mushroom lovers, this would be a delight.
There may be still more options for vegetarian dishes but these were the best we found.
Georgia is not only famous for its cuisine but also the different varieties of grapes that grown here. Georgia is known as one of the oldest wine making regions in the world. It’s rather hard to escape this country without having a taste of its wine. Georgians are very proud of their wine making culture and believe that their country is the birthplace of wine. A lot of Georgian families grow their own grapes and produce homemade wine. Various regions have their specific traditional wines but the best one we tasted and bought was Tsinandeli. Any Georgian dish is incomplete without a company of Georgian wine.
So while traveling to Georgia, try your hands on some local delicacies and experience some Georgian cuisine.
Check out our Guide to Georgia