Phkali, a cross between dip and salad in the shape of a burger, is a prime example of Georgian cuisine. It can be prepared with different kinds of vegetables like cabbage, eggplants, spinach or beets, mixed with herbs and walnuts.


  • 400 g fresh spinach
  • 400 grams of walnuts
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 2 tablespoons of hot Adjika
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Uckho-Suneli
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of wine vinegar
  • Salt


Normally, Georgian cuisine is considered a part of Russian culinary tradition. Although this country was ruled for a long time by Russia, its cuisine resembles more its southern neighbours Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan. The warm climate of the Black Sea leads to an abundance of vegetables, fruit and herbs that feature prominently in many dishes.

Phkali is an easy recipe that can be changed according to vegetables in season. You can prepare this dish with just about any leaves like spinach or cabbage and even vegetables like beetroot. But you cannot do without walnuts. They deliver the creamy, slightly crunchy consistency. Take care to chop the vegetables finely in a blender, but do not turn them into a puree. Phkali should have some bite when you dip into it with flatbread oder baguette.

Pkhali, detailed photo recipe

30 minutes

1. Pour boiling water over the spinach. Let it blanch for 3-4 minutes.

2. Remove the spinach and place it on ice. Dry after 10 minutes with a linen clotch.

3. Place walnuts into the blender.

4. Add remaining ingredients, except the pomegranate seeds.

5. Chop everything.

6. Place the mixture into a bowl. Form small balls with moist hands.

7. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

8. Serve cold on a plate.

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