Khinkali is one of the undisputed trademarks of Georgia! Before your next visit to MAMA TUTA let’s look into the history of this delicious dish, full of with many legends and fables :)
The war with the Persians
According to one of the most widespread legends, the first khinkali appeared in Georgia at the end of the XVIII century, during the war with the Persians. Wounded warriors could hardly eat because of the injuries received on the battlefield, so the wives, who went with them to the front, came up with a nutritious dish that quickly restored lost strength and boosted vitality.
Another version of the origin of khinkali tells about nomads from Asia. In the ancient Georgian city of Pshuari, where nomadic peoples from China, India and Mongolia once passed, a tradition has been preserved - the meat for khinkali must necessarily be chopped with an axe. According to the legend, nomads, who traveled with their cattle, chopped the meat with the same weapon they used in battle. It was believed that this chopping method would bring a special strength and power to the one who was going to eat the dish.
The religious legends about khinkali hint at the pagan interpretation of its origin. Some see the tail of khinkali as a pagan symbol of the Leshyi, the lord of mountains and forests in the mythology of the Eastern Slavs. Some refer to the external resemblance of the appetizing pouch to the body of a crab, a symbol of the inevitable movement of life for Georgians of the pagan period of the country's history.
What khinkali to try at MAMA TUTA:
- Kalakuri with pork and beef
- Pasanauri khinkali with veal
- Vegetarian with cheese
- Mini khinkali with beef in pepper sauce
- Meskhuri with lamb and baked suluguni
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