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Georgian Beet Green Pkhali - pretty presentation of a traditional Georgian dish

Georgian Beet Green Pkhali

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Georgian
Keyword Georgian cuisine
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 123 kcal


  • 1 bunch beets with greens
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt to taste

Pickled Beet Stems

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 4 juniper berries
  • 2 allspice berries


Roast Beets

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut beet greens from beetroots. Wash beets and beet greens well. Trim beet stems from beet greens and set aside for Pickled Beet Stems (below).

  2. Trim beetroots on both ends. Place on foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil. Roast in oven for one hour or until a knife can be easily inserted and removed. Let cool. Scrape off skin. Slice into thin rounds.

Pickled Beet Stems

  1. Cut reserved beet stems into 1/4" pieces. Place water, red wine, vinegar, salt, sugar, peppercorns, juniper berries and allspice berries in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add beet stem pieces and turn off heat. Let cool to room temperature.

Make Pkhali

  1. Blanch beet greens for 30 seconds. Remove to bowl filled with ice and water to stop cooking process. Once cool, remove and squeeze dry.

  2. Place walnuts, garlic, oil, cilantro, lemon juice, pepper and salt in food processor. Pulse until finely chopped (do not puree). Add cooked beet greens and pulse until finely chopped. Season to taste with salt.

  3. Scoop out round tablespoons of mixture and roll into balls. Arrange on top of cooked beet rounds. Top with pickled beet stems.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Kachka A Return To Russian Cooking, by Bonnie Frumkin Morales

Nutrition Facts
Georgian Beet Green Pkhali
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1188mg52%
Potassium 169mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.