Georgian Green Ajika

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By Published On: September 24th, 2021

Ajika is an amazing condiment-style sauce from the country of Georgia. A spicy, intensely flavourful combination of chilli and herbs, It’s the PERFECT (full-capitals) addition to any table, pairing brilliantly with vegetables, meats and seafood for a herbaceous hit of colour and flavour.

A small mason jar holds a green salsa from Georgia called Ajika

Georgia is a country high up on my must-visit list. I've long been a fan of the cuisine, but it's not well known to the rest of the world. Being lucky enough to have a Georgian restaurant nearby has been a rare introduction to the flavours of the country - and let me tell you, something special. Dishes like Adjaruli Katchapuri, an incredible cheese-stuffed bread, (a little like Turkish Pide,) the delights of Khinkali, a soup dumpling and the sour plum sauce called Tkemali that's one of the most flavourful things I've ever eaten.

But it's one dish that is invariably added to the table with little fanfare that transforms everything it comes into contact with. Ajika is a thick spicy sauce - a festival of green and packed with flavour to boot. It's one of my new favourite Georgian recipes!

Red or Green?

The most common form the condiment is red ajika, a combination of peppers and chilli - a thick salsa-style sauce or dried pepper style condiment. It's become somewhat trendy over the last couple of years, which is not a bad thing - it's moreishly delicious!

However, there IS ANOTHER, more unique version which I prefer! Green ajika is a combination of fresh and dried herbs alongside chilli and garlic - a vibrant and intense hit of spice and herbs. It's super-tasty!

I first tasted the green version at a hip (their words not mine) restaurant in L.A. A fusion style joint featuring flavours from Central Asia and the Middle East - Our green ajika arrived in the teeniest, stingiest little bowl but it was most definitely the star of the whole dinner. A vibrant, intense herbal hit of flavour that made everything just taste better!

What's in Green Ajika?

It's no surprise that this ajika recipe features mostly green ingredients and has a wonderful emerald hue - here are the main ingredients (there's a full recipe below too).

  • Chilli
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Celery Leaves
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Dried Fenugreek

Fenugreek - the secret ingredient:

The addition of fenugreek in this ajika recipe creates the unique flavour. When I came to research green ajika recipes, strangely none of them included fenugreek, it's one of my favourite flavours and just knew it was in there! Eventually, I found a couple of recipes in the Georgian language, and sure enough, Fenugreek was included, so based my ajika recipe on those. The Georgian recipes used a local version of blue fenugreek, I didn't have the patience to wait for a delivery from the Internet, so I used regular dried fenugreek leaves as I already have it for all my Indian recipes. You can find it in Indian supermarkets called Kasoori Methi. To activate the flavour more, just rub the dried leaves between your palms to create a powder - you'll smell it on your hands for the rest of the day too which is a welcome bonus! If, like me, you love fenugreek, try my Indian Methi Chicken Curry or Methi Mushroom Masala! I've subsequently made green ajika using blue fenugreek and it's superb, but the Indian version is no poor substitute. You decide.

How is Green Ajika made?

It couldn't be easier! Just add all the greenery to a food processor and blend until semi smooth (you can also use a stick blender (immersion blender). Add a little water to get it blended nicely. I also like to drizzle in a little extra virgin olive oil at the end to help with the texture.

A small mason jar holds a green salsa from Georgia called Ajika

Serve with these!

It's a versatile condiment and works alongside so many dishes. I love to drop a couple of teaspoonfuls over crispy fried eggs - life-changing! It's also splendid over freshly boiled salad potatoes or roasted cauliflower. You decide, you can't go wrong really.

Here are some suggestions from the recipes at cookeatworld...

How to make Georgian Green Ajika

A small mason jar holds a green salsa from Georgia called Ajika

Georgian Green Ajika

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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 6
Calories (per serving) | 36

Ingredients

  • 4 Green Chillies (hot) (around ¼ cup) (Serrano, Jalapeño etc) (seeds removed)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • ¼ cup mint (chopped)
  • ¼ cup celery leaves (chopped)
  • ¼ cup parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup dill (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp dried fenugreek (rubbed between palms into a powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients (except the olive oil into a food processor with 2 tbsp water and blend until smooth.
  • Stir in the olive oil and decant into a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Refrigerate until needed. Ajika will stay fresh for up to a week in the fridge.

Notes

Serve as a condiment alongside grilled or roasted meats or fish.
Serve drizzled over hot potatoes!
Add a couple of teaspoonfuls over crispy fried eggs.
So many uses!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Georgian Green Ajika
Amount Per Serving
Calories 36 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 499mg22%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 531IU11%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Condiment
Cuisine | Georgian
Keyword | Ajika, Ajika Recipe, Georgian Recipes, Green Ajika
A small mason jar holds a green salsa from Georgia called Ajika

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