The Georgian dishes are quite spectacular and surprising, so if you decide to visit the country, you will definitely love the traditional meals served here. It consists of both meat and vegetarian dishes, so you will find something delicious to eat regardless of your preferences. Bread, various types of cheese, and wine are also an important part of the Georgian cuisine and present at almost every meal time. Concerning desserts, the Georgian cuisine is not as generous as many other cuisine, not having many dessert recipes to boast with. But, the few Georgian desserts that exist will definitely capture your attention with their simplicity and extraordinary flavors. If you are curious to meet them, just take a look below.
Georgian desserts you simply can’t resist
Among Georgian desserts, churchkhela is something you must try if you arrive in the country. The main ingredients of this spectacular sweet are nuts and grape juice. There are several varieties of churchkhela that can be found in Georgia, some prepared with walnuts, others with hazelnuts, which are covered in a consistent blanket of juice thickened with wheat or corn flour. The dessert is very satisfying, giving you a boost of energy, and it is easy to store and to enjoy on the go.
Gozinaki is an authentic dessert of Georgia, highly appreciated by everyone in this country. In fact, it is considered very special and people usually prepare it for the New Year’s Eve dinner. It is quite simple, but it offers an explosion of tastes, a surprising texture, and it is extremely healthy. It is a mix of chopped nuts, like peanuts, hazelnuts, covered in honey. The dessert has a compact shape, so all you need is your hand to savor it.
This is a fine dessert with a very surprising flavor. Pelamushi resembles a pudding, which is served cold, from the fridge. Red grapes juice is the basic ingredient of this dessert, which is boiled with sugar and flour until it thickens and becomes consistently. This still liquid content is placed in bowls and left in the fridge to cool down and get a gelatin-like consistent. It is served with chopped walnuts for a bit of crunchiness. At weddings, white grapes are used to prepare this dessert, the clear color symbolizing the bride’s purity.
Tklapi is a quite odd looking dessert, but if you like a sweet-sour taste, you will love this dessert as well. It is usually made out of sour plums, but other fruits can be used as well, like a variety of berries. This sweet is prepared under the form of a thin flatbread, being easier to store this way and enjoy for longer periods. Tklapi is sometimes added as a sauce for meat dishes, after being soaked in water and transformed into a soft puree.
Georgian dried fruit (Chiri)
Georgians love dried fruits, because they are easy to store and carry, are sweet enough, and they are very healthy. Usually, people dry local fruits, such as apples, plums, and figs, but it is not out of the ordinary to do the same with more exotic varieties, such as banana or kiwi. Nonetheless, each of them is extremely tasty.