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Khinkali (A Georgian Dumpling)

Recipe by Usashi Mandal
4.40 from 5 votes
Served As Dinner, Lunch, Snacks
Khinkali is a dumpling dish of Georgia,Tbilisi. It's originated in the Georgian mountain region. The filling of Khinkali vary with the area. It consist meat mince filling of lamb, pork, beef or mixed meat. With meat mince, herbs like cilantro or parsley is used with black pepper and salt. The meat filling is uncooked when Khinkali is assembled. To make Khinkali juicier water is used along with herbs and spices. After assembling, khinkalis(dumplings) are cooked in boiled salty water. The juice is trapped inside the dumpling and it has typically eaten first by sucking the juices while taking the first bite. It's an amazing dish. I ate lots of dumpling dishes but this is unique by its simplicity and awesome taste.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine Russian
Recipe Category Non-Vegetarian
Servings 4


  • 1 1/2 cup of meat mince
  • 1 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro/ parsley
  • 1 tbsp black pepper powder
  • 1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • Salt for seasoning
  • Warm water to knead dough


  • In a bowl add all purpose flour, salt and warm water and knead a tight dough. Cover and keep aside.
  • In a bowl add mince meat, water, salt, black pepper powder and parsley/cilantro. Mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • Soften the dough by pressing it with hands. Then make small balls out of dough. Roll small balls in to circle shape add 1 tbsp of meat mixture and giving plead,fold it into shape of a dumpling. Discard the extra dough on top.
  • Take a big pan boil 5 to 6 cups of water. Add salt on it and stir. When water is bubbling add dumplings on it. Cook for 7 - 8 minutes. Then drain in a strainer. Khinkali is ready to eat.


Serve it hot, and don’t forget to suck the juice inside of dumpling or it will be a mess. 
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Usashi Mandal
Usashi Mandal

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