How to Make Traditional Georgian Khinkali: From Dough to Delicious

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Just made my first batch of khinkali and it turned out to be a delightful culinary adventure! I got creative with the fillings and tried out some unique combinations like banana, salmon, cheese and of course, some more traditional flavors.

The result was a delicious burst of flavors that I can't wait to share with my friends and family. Who knew that making khinkali could be so much fun?

Rolling Dough

Khinkali is a traditional Georgian dumpling that has been enjoyed for centuries. These flavorful and juicy dumplings are often filled with meat, cheese, or mushrooms, and can be found in almost every corner of Georgia. If you're looking to try your hand at making khinkali, here is a step-by-step guide to help you create this delicious Georgian dish.

Khinkali filling with Salmon


  • For the dough:

    • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 cup warm water
  • For the filling:

    • 1 lb ground beef or lamb
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 cup water


  1. Start by making the dough. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add warm water, mixing with a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes soft and elastic.

  2. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the gluten to relax and make it easier to roll out.

  3. While the dough is resting, prepare the filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef or lamb with the chopped onion, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix everything together until well combined.

  4. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water to the filling mixture, stirring constantly until it becomes a smooth and slightly sticky consistency.

  5. Now it's time to assemble the khinkali. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin sheet, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter or a cup, cut out circles of dough, approximately 3-4 inches in diameter.

  6. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of each circle of dough. Take the edges of the dough and pinch them together at the top to form a pouch, leaving a small hole at the top.

  7. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough circles and filling until you've used up all of the ingredients.

  8. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Gently place the khinkali in the boiling water, making sure they don't stick together. Cook the dumplings for 8-10 minutes, or until they float to the top of the water and the dough is cooked through.

  9. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the khinkali from the water and place them on a plate.

  10. Serve hot with a side of Georgian sauce and enjoy!

Making khinkali may take some practice to get the perfect dough to filling ratio, but it's a fun and rewarding process that will result in a delicious and authentic Georgian dish.

Preparing Khinkali

Experiment with different fillings and flavors to create your own unique version of this beloved Georgian staple.

Khinkali out of the pot

Enjoy your meal and don't forget to leave me a comment!