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.

Itinerary

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