Adzhika refers to Georgia's spiced paste, spicy or hot pepper relish/ condiment used in cooking and preparing various Georgian dishes. Adzhika can be added to all kinds of meat, with Plov or even dotted on Manti. It is not only popular in Georgia, but also all over the former Soviet Union. Adzhika can be purchased in any supermarkets in the country, other European markets and even in Russian food stores in the United States. If Adzhika is not available, it can also be easily prepared at home by following the instruction below: . Ingredients: 1 cup raw chopped red bell pepper (cored and seeded) 1 cup raw chopped chili pepper ½ cup of peeled garlic ¼ cup of coriander seeds 2 teaspoons of Khmeli-Suneli (optional) 1 cup of shelled walnuts Grind ingredients together in mortar or food processor. Walnuts give the Adzhika its required thickness, so keep adding them until the final product reach a butter-like consistency. To store Adzhika, refrigerate it in a covered container. Khmeli-Suneli is a herb and spice mixture which can be bought in some spiced markets. If not available, it can also be prepared at home, but if time is limited, just omit it from the recipe. Below, however is the procedure on making Khmeli-Suneli: 2 tablespoons dried marjoram 2 tablespoons dried dill 2 tablespoons dried summer savory 2 tablespoons dried mint 2 tablespoons dried parsley 2 tablespoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons dried ground marigold petals 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek seeds crushed bay leaves

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