Saturday, September 30, 2006

Chahohbili (Georgian-style Chicken)

Georgia means Georgia in the Caucasus, a former part of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

Ingredients:

4 lb chicken
¼ lb butter
2 lb onions
2 large tomatoes
1 large sweet red pepper
4 tbsp tomato paste
½ hot chili pepper
Salt on taste

2 bunch Italian parsley
1 bunch coriander greens
3 cloves garlic
Hot pepper on taste
Salt on taste

Method:

Melt butter in a deep non-stick saucepan.
Peel onions, and cut into small cubes.
Put onions in the saucepan, and simmer with very low heating for about half an hour (do not fry!), until the onion turns mild and transparent.
Cut chicken parts in the saucepan, and turn heating to low medium. Fry until the chicken is ready, stirring often.
Peel tomatoes, and grate.
Remove seeds from the sweet pepper, and grate.
Grate hot pepper.
Add the grated tomatoes, tomato-paste, grated sweet and hot peppers into the saucepan.

Simmer stirring some times until vegetables are ready, add salt, and stir.

Cut parsley, coriander, and garlic into small cuts. Mix greens with pinch of salt, and CRUSH IN A MORTAR (this is essential!)
Add the mix from the mortar into the saucepan, mix well, then bring to boil, and remove heating immediately after that.
Serve hot with fresh bread.

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