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Choose your favorite Georgian dish!

Natia Mechitishvili invites us to discover her home country Georgia by introducing mouthwatering Georgian dishes. Come along!

Georgian traditional feast or supra if you wish, is not only eating together. It can as well be a celebration, mourning, even business doing. It leaves some to wish that Georgian public transport would be similarly well thought and regulated.

The head of Supra - toastmacher aka Tamada is in charge. He not only proposes toasts, entertains people, decides who drinks and how much. Usually Tamada is a man, yet my family was an exception where my grandmother was an undisputable toastmacherin. Note, Tamada can be oppressive or violent, so be ready to say NO.  Rumours go round that during his visit to Georgia John Steinbeck ended up in hospital with food poisoning; he never mentioned this though in his after trip book “A Russian Journal.” Presumably out of courtesy.

What is supra without alcohol? Georgians with its 8 000 years old UNESCO listed winemaking tradition are one of the old wine makers and obviously drinkers too. Georgians ferment and store wine in hand made clay jars called Qvevri. The oldest Qvevri found in Georgia dates back 6 millennium BC, hence, 8 000 years should you wonder. 

People say God gave wine and devil Chacha. Georgians give nothing to waste. So what is left from pressed wine grapes they make Chacha. It tastes similar to the Italian Grappa. It is common to use it for sterilizing wounds, for digestion or for getting really, really drunk. :/