Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Imeruli Kachapuri/Imeretian Kachapuri/Georgian Cheese Flatbread

Georgia is a Caucasus region of Eurasia which is located at the Crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. With Tbilisi and Kutaisi, the legislative captial, Georgian cuisine have its own cooking styles and delicious dishes created by Georgian people. Though Georgian cuisine is unique, its also have some influences from Causcasian, Eastern European and Middle Eastern cooking style. The three prominent regional cuisine of Georgia calls for Abkhaz, Adjar and Gurian cuisine. Abkhaz cuisine uses lot of spices and walnuts while Adjar cuisine is considered as diversified cuisine which is completely influenced by its nature and have dairy products as main ingredients. And Gurian cuisine calls for poultry meat, corn bread and loads of walnuts. While googling, i accidently crossed this Imeruli Khachapuri which belongs to the Imereti region in Georgia situated along the middle and upper regions of Rioni river.Khachapuri is one of the most popular, traditional and National Georgian dishes. It’s a gooey cheese-filled bread that looks a little like pizza.There are three different kinds of khachapuri. The standard one is the Imeruli khachapuri which cheese is stuffed inside. There is also the Megruli khachapuri, with cheese added on top and the Adjaruli khachapuri, which is made of puffy hot bread with cheese melted in the middle and topped with hunks of butter and a cracked egg.

Imeretian Khachapuri, Georgian Cheese flatbread

Though many khachapuri do exists in Georgia, Imeruli Khachapuri resembles like simple pita or nan bread which is stuffed with Imeruli cheese or an imeruli sulgani mixture. This flatbread is served as part of Supra, a traditional Georgian feast spread. Imeruli uses a dough which is rolled as disc and stuffed with a mix of cheeses and this flatbread is baked in oven which is easily cooked. And  with this same flatbread dough, you can also prepare Lobiani an another Georgian dish prepared by skipping the cheese and stuffed this Imeruli dough with a smoky spiced bean filling or prepare a lamb and onion stuffed Svaneti Style Kubdari. Am running this month's A-Z International flatbread with some delicious and different flatbreads from around the world. And here comes a fabulous Cheesy flatbread from Georgia. Obviously this Imeruli Khachapuri goes for the Alphabet 'I'. Stay tuned to watch out some interesting flatbreads in my space.

Imeruli Khachapuri

Recipe Source: Here
4cups All purpose flour
1cup Lukewarm milk
1tbsp Instant yeast
1tsp Salt
1tsp Sugar

For filling:
1 Egg
30grams Butter
2cups Mixed cheese (feta cheese, mozzarella cheese)

Take the all purpose flour, instant yeast, salt, sugar in a bowl, add the luke warm milk gradually and knead.

Knead well until the dough turns soft and smooth.

Arrange the dough on a greased bowl and keep aside until the dough double its volume.

Once the dough is ready, remove from the bowl, punch the dough and separate the dough as two equal balls.

Meanwhile, take the egg, butter, mixed cheese in a bowl, mix well and keep aside.

Dust the work surface and roll a dough ball as a medium sized disc with a rolling pin.

Georgian khachapuri, Imeruli Khachapuri

Drop enough cheese mixture in the center of the rolled disc, bring the edges together and pinch the edges well.

Now dust again the stuffed dough and roll gently as a circular shaped flatbread, take care not to tear the dough.Continue the same process with the remaining dough.

Preheat the oven to 350F, drop the rolled khachapuris on a baking tray and bake for 15-20minutes until the crust turns golden brown.

Brush the warm khachapuri with butter.

Once the khachapuri gets bit cool, slice it and enjoy immediately.

Imeruli Cheese Flatbread,Georgian Cheese Khachapuri

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vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Priya the bread looks like a grab to go kinds . Perfectly made with all the protein in there , what else can a person ask for ? Super duper bread .

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome pick Priya. The cheese filled bread looks fabulous. The combination of cheeses, butter and egg sounds amazing.

Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

Love this khachapuri....it has the perfect golden brown colour and looks so tasty!!!

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

This one is mind blowing find, Priya. You are excellent researcher. Looks fantastic. I am sure my kids will love this. Wondering if I can omit the egg from the filling.

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

What a wonderful find even though accidentally. I love the idea of the stuffing being inside rather than on top. Can't resist the mention of cheese and egg... making me drool. Love how crispy the bread is.

Ritu Tangri said... Reply To This Comment

This is indeed a wonderful bread with all that cheesy stuffing inside and a beautiful golden crust.

code2cook said... Reply To This Comment

Amazing bread texture and look are like grab it and finish in few bites. cant believe it adding few ingredients here n there gives such an amazing result. Fabulous work is done with this bread.

and bad manners, you didn't reply to me with recipes I msged on FB. Thank GOD to Srivalli's Indori poori that I searched for Indore :)))

CookwithRenu said... Reply To This Comment

Another interesting find . Looks yum and so flaky. I had shortlisted another type of kacchapuri and I thought this is same, but this is completely new to me. Awesome

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

This is just perfect for the evening snack. Looks so good and what a great recipe this is with different cheeses.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

What an awesome choice for this alphabet Priya! We enjoyed Khachapuri when I had done for the last edition. However, that was different and was more like an open bread. This one gives you option to stuff in so many different fillings..

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

Such an awesome find for I! The bread looks so inviting with that mixed cheese filling!

preeti garg said... Reply To This Comment

This bread looks so mouthwatering and perfectly baked.