Cuisines of Fshav-Khevsureti

Cuisines of Fshav-Khevsureti


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The Pshavi-Khevsureti region has always played a big role in the life of the nation. In times of danger the population would gather the nation’s greatest treasures and run to the mountains. Mountain villages were strongly fortified, often with defensive towers which during time of peace were used for domestic activity. The best example of such a village is Shatili. The geographic location and the way of life in this region have given rise to a unique cuisine.  One of Georgia’s most popular dishes, khinkali, originated here.




Places to visit


Shatili is a unique monument of Georgian architecture. This mountain village was home and fortress at the same time, and has guarded Georgia’s north-eastern borders throughout the centuries.  Shatili was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.


Near the village of Lebaiskari stands the tower of the same name.  It dates from the middle ages and is a fine example of the building skills of the mountain people.  Inside, its five storeys are connected by movable, wooden stairs. The overall shape is pyramidal, the ground floor served as stable and storage, the top floor has a dome, and four small balconies run around the tower.


Mutso towers  The village of Mutso was abandoned more than a century ago but four towers and ruins of residential buildings still stand, 1880 m above sea level. Among them is the Torgva Dzagani tower with which many legends are connected. A rehabilitation project has been underway since 2004.  Nature in this region is rugged, beautiful and unspoilt.


Legends of mountain people with unique strength and skills abound around Mutso and Ardoti. In 1904 for example, during the Russo-Japanese War, a master of khridoli (traditional sword and buckler fencing from these mountains) is said to have done away with 100 samurai fighters on the island of Sakhalin before he himself was shot in the back.


The Anatori crypts are located three km from Shatili and are what remains of communal tombs connected with outbreaks of the plague.  It is said that infected villagers would come here voluntarily to avoid spreading the disease.




Dishes to savour


khinkali is a pocket-like dumpling with a distinctive folded appearance. Local appreciation standards say:  the more folds, the tastier. Traditionally it is filled with meat in a flavourful broth but potato, cottage cheese or mushroom may also be used.  Finer


distinctions come with the place of origin, such as mokheuri or mtiuluri (from Mokhevi or

Mtiuleti). It is traditionally accompanied by beer or vodka.


qaurma   heart or liver from local cattle (goat or beef) stewed in a herb sauce


chimuri  a corn patty fried in butter khavitsi  a butter, flour and sugar confection mkhlovana  a khachapuri stuffed with local herbs


Local beverages


The most common drinks in the eastern highlands are beer and vodka. The beer (ludi) is made from barley and the vodka--the local variety is known as chipitauri--is distilled from a variety of fruits.








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