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Tkemali: Georgian Sour Plum Sauce Recipe

Updated on August 22, 2016
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Shushanik enjoys sharing recipes of dishes from her home country. She also likes discovering new dishes and sharing them with her readers.

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Tkemali Sauce
Tkemali Sauce
Grate pitted and boiled cherry plum in a colander.
Grate pitted and boiled cherry plum in a colander.
Chop cilantro, dill, garlic and seeded chili pepper.
Chop cilantro, dill, garlic and seeded chili pepper.
Add boiling water and grate everything.
Add boiling water and grate everything.
Add to the cherry plum and heat until it boils.
Add to the cherry plum and heat until it boils.

Tkemali is a Georgian sauce made from sour plums. It is usually served with meat, fish, poultry, potato and pasta. I've already written a hub on another Georgian sauce (Satsebeli). Tkemali is one more gem, which is not very wide-known in the Western world, but which is really very tasty. Though it takes a bit more time to make then Satsebeli, try it, and you would be making it again and again.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 2 lbs of sauce


  • 2 lbs (1 kg) cherry plum
  • 1/4 glass water
  • cilantro
  • dill
  • 2 teaspoons pennyroyal, dried
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2-1 chili pepper
  • salt

Making Tkemali Sauce:

  1. Wash cherry plums, cut each of them on half and remove the pit.
  2. Put cherry plums into a pan, add water and boil until it peels. Put everything into a colander and grate. Throw away the peel.
  3. Chop cilantro, dill and garlic. Remove the seeds from the chili pepper and chop it as well. Put everything in a small pan, add salt and grate very well. Add a little bit of boiling water and continue grating.
  4. Add everything to the cherry plum and heat stirring from time to time until it boils. Once the sauce boils, pour it into the jars. If cherry plums are sweet (it happens with late harvest), add a little bit of vinegar to the sauce.

Tkemali Sauce Variations

There are several variations of tkemali sauce, sometimes cherry plums are substituted by other sour fruits, for example, gooseberry or currant.

Want To Try Ready To Eat Tkemali Sauce? Here it is:

Other Georgian Recipes:

Try out Satsebeli Sauce Recipe which is perfect for kabobs, shish kabobs and any other meat dishes.

Discover Churchkhela Recipe - a great dessert, healthy "chocolate bar" for your kids :)


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    • MargaritaEden profile image


      6 years ago from Oregon

      I was concentrated on the ingredients and missed that part :) That is great to know!

    • Shushanik profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks for the comment. Actually you can buy it here. I even gave the links. But of course it's tastier to make it by yourself :)

    • MargaritaEden profile image


      6 years ago from Oregon

      Shushanik, this is my all time favorite sauce, of course I haven't had it in years because I can't find it here in US, but thank you so much for this recipe, one of those days I will try to make it, bookmarking this hub for future!


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