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Tkemali from yellow plums

Tkemali from yellow plums


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Most housewives in Georgia traditionally cook tkemali. This plum sauce is an excellent addition to various side dishes, fish and meat dishes. In addition to ripe fruits, the sauce contains spices, herbs, paprika, garlic and other ingredients that make the taste of the product especially pungent and savory. You can enjoy tkemali not only during the ripening season of plums, but also in winter. For this, the product is preserved. We will try to describe the best recipes for making tkemali from yellow plums further in the section, so that, if desired, even an inexperienced housewife who is not dedicated to the intricacies of Georgian cuisine can surprise her loved ones with an excellent sauce.

A simple recipe for winter harvesting

Tkemali sauce for the winter can be prepared very simply and quickly. To do this, use red, yellow plums or even cherry plum. Depending on the color of the fruit and the taste of the fruit, the sauce will acquire a certain aroma and color. For example, yellow plums make it possible to prepare spicy tkemali with sweet and sour notes on the palate.

The simplest tkemali recipe includes a limited amount of ingredients. So, to prepare 4-5 liters of sauce, you will need 5 kg of yellow plums, 2 heads of medium-sized garlic, 2 tbsp. l. salt and the same amount of hops-suneli seasoning, 4 tbsp. sugar and one hot pepper. During cooking, you will also need to add some water (1-2 glasses).

Cooking winter harvesting from yellow plums will take no more than an hour. During this time it is necessary:

  • Wash and pitted plums. If desired, remove the skin from the fruit.
  • Put the peeled fruits in a saucepan and pour water into it, then send the container to the fire. Bring the contents of the saucepan to a boil.
  • Peel the hot pepper from the seeds, remove the husk from the garlic.
  • Add pepper and garlic to the plums. Grind the food with a blender until smooth.
  • Bring the tkemali to a boil again, add the remaining spices and preserve.

Important! Long-term cooking of the product spoils its consumer qualities.

The proposed cooking recipe is quite simple. If desired, even an inexperienced culinary specialist can bring it to life. Tkemali can be served with various dishes in winter. Delicious sauce will always be on the table.

Spicy tkemali with herbs and spices

Like many dishes of Georgian cuisine, tkemali is distinguished by its spice and pungency. You can get “the same” traditional taste only with a set of herbs and spices. So, the following recipe perfectly demonstrates the harmony of a whole range of aromatic ingredients.

To prepare tkemali, you need only 500 g of yellow plums. If you want to make more sauce, then the amount of plums and all other ingredients can be increased evenly. And for one recipe, in addition to fruits, you will need garlic (3 heads), 30 g of cilantro and basil, 10 g of mint, 3 garlic cloves. Ground coriander and salt are added half a teaspoon each. Red pepper (ground) is added in the amount of one pinch. To prepare tkemali, you will also need a small amount of vegetable oil (no more than 50 ml).

The whole process of making the sauce will take about 30-40 minutes. You can cook tkemali according to the proposed recipe on the stove or in a multicooker. In the case of using a multicooker, you should select the "Soup" mode and set the time to 3 minutes. This is enough to bring the mixture to a boil.

To prepare tkemali you need:

  • Select moderately ripe yellow plums and wash them thoroughly.
  • Place the plums in a saucepan or multicooker bowl and cover them with water. The volume of liquid should completely cover the fruit.
  • Bring the compote to a boil, then strain the liquid through a colander into a separate container.
  • Grind the plums with a crush or a regular spoon, after removing the seeds from the fruit mixture.
  • Finely chop the greens with a knife, the garlic can also be chopped or passed through a press.
  • In a saucepan (bowl), combine the grated plums with herbs, garlic and other spices.
  • Add 100 ml of plum broth, which was previously strained, to the mixture of ingredients.
  • After mixing, taste the tkemali and add salt and spices if necessary.
  • After the next stirring, the sauce must be boiled again and poured into sterilized jars.
  • Before sealing, add a spoonful of oil to each jar. This will keep the product fresh throughout the winter. After adding oil, you cannot turn the jar of sauce over.

The proposed recipe can be a godsend for every culinary specialist. The spicy taste of herbs, mint freshness and pleasant bitterness of pepper harmonize in the taste of tkemali, leave an excellent aftertaste and are able to complement absolutely any dish.

Tkemali with bell pepper

You can prepare a very tasty sauce for the winter from yellow plums with the addition of bell pepper. This vegetable will give the finished product its characteristic taste and mouth-watering flavor. There are several recipes for tkemali with bell pepper, but the most popular of them is to use 1 kg of fruit, 400 g of sweet pepper, 2 heads of garlic. Also, the recipe includes 2 hot pepper pods, seasonings, salt and sugar to taste.

It is worth noting that bell peppers of any color can be used to prepare tkemali. By choosing red vegetables, you can get an orange-colored sauce. Yellow peppers will only brighten the color of the plums.

To prepare tkemali according to this recipe, you need to stock up on a meat grinder. It is with its help that all fruits and vegetables will be crushed. The process of preparing the sauce for the winter can be described in detail by the following points:

  • Wash the plums and separate from the stone.
  • Peel the peppers (bitter and Bulgarian) from the grains, free the garlic from the husk.
  • Grind prepared plums, garlic and pepper with a meat grinder. A more delicate texture of tkemali can be obtained if you additionally grind the resulting mixture through a sieve.
  • Put the fruit and vegetable mixture on the fire and bring to a boil, then add salt, sugar and spices (if necessary) to the sauce. From the seasonings, it is recommended to use suneli hops, ground coriander and a mixture of peppers.
  • After adding the remaining ingredients, you need to boil the sauce for another 20 minutes, then pour into glass jars and seal tightly.

Important! Tkemali without the addition of seasonings and a large amount of hot capsicum is perfect for children.

Tkemali with sweet bell pepper tastes very much like the sweet ketchup familiar to many, however, the handmade sauce has a rich aroma and naturalness.

Tkemali with vinegar

To prepare tkemali, it is recommended to use slightly unripe yellow plums, as they have a slightly sour taste. But you can also add sourness by adding vinegar. This preservative will not only complement the taste of the sauce, but also allow it to be stored without problems throughout the winter.

To prepare tkemali with vinegar, you will need 1 kg of plums, 6-7 medium-sized garlic cloves, dill and parsley. Fresh herbs should be used in the amount of 1 bunch. Red hot pepper will add spice to the sauce. You can use 1 fresh pod or a quarter teaspoon of ground red pepper. Sugar and salt should be added to this recipe to taste. Hops-suneli seasoning is included in the sauce in the amount of 2-3 tbsp. The amount of vinegar is calculated based on the resulting volume of the entire mixture. So, for 1 liter of sauce, you need to add 1 tsp 70% vinegar.

Making tkemali with vinegar is quite simple. This requires:

  • Rinse greens, plums with water. Spread the ingredients on a towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Cut the plums in half and remove the pits.
  • Grind the garlic, herbs and plums with a blender until smooth.
  • Add spices, sugar and salt, vinegar to the mashed potatoes.
  • Tkemali should be stewed over low heat for about 70-90 minutes.
  • Preserve the sauce hot for the winter, rolling up glass jars with iron lids.

The presence of vinegar in the composition and long-term heat treatment allows you to store the canned finished product for 2-3 years. However, it is recommended to place jars of sauce for long-term storage in a dark, cool place.

You can prepare tkemali from yellow plums for the winter according to one of the recipes given or following the recommendations given in the video:

The recipe presented on the roller allows you to very quickly prepare extremely tender, tasty and aromatic tkemali.

Tkemali sauce is a godsend for lovers of spicy and natural food. The self-made product has a bright taste and rich aroma. It can be used to complement absolutely any dish. A spoonful of tkemali can always be added to soup or vegetable stew as a dressing. Fish and meat products with the addition of plum sauce become even more appetizing and tasty. Tkemali can fully replace many purchased ketchups and sauces. Having cooked tkemali once, you will definitely want it to be always at hand.


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