Citizens, Ajapsandali is one of the most famous and delicious dishes of Georgian cuisine – and despite being vegan, is a huge favorite of the carnivore that is TFD! The name even translates into English as “how delicious you are!”
Ajapsandali consists of eggplant, potato, tomato, bell peppers, onion, garlic, and herbs. Some variations of the dish also include potatoes and a touch of chili pepper (mine included).
This appetizer can be served either cold and hot, not forgetting the pita bread and fresh herbs. But in the process of making this simple dish, there is one small caveat – all vegetables should be cooked to the same degree of tenderness.
Be sure to fry peppers until soft, because if they stay crunchy, it will not fit into the overall soft and delicate texture of the dish. This also applies to the eggplants as well. You can buy real Georgian garlic from here and ground blue fenugreek seed from here.
გემრიელად მიირთვი, Citizens! (gemrielad miirthvi – Enjoy Your Meal!) Try pairing this with any number of Georgian recipes, though I confess to liking it with this grape-based dessert pudding.
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