Georgian Kharcho Soup Classic Recipe

What is kharcho soup? This is a national soup and a real pride of Georgian cuisine. The basis of kharcho is a rich beef broth, for which you will need 2 kg of beef brisket. Here is the recipe for the classic Georgian kharcho soup – a hearty and aromatic soup from the national Georgian cuisine.

Georgian Kharcho Soup Classic Recipe
Georgian Kharcho Soup Classic Recipe (via voyagist.ru)

Ingredients for 20 servings:

  • beef brisket with fat – 2 kg
  • rice – 150 g
  • onions – 1 kg
  • tomato paste – 100 g
  • ripe pink tomatoes – 1 kg
  • bay leaves – 3 pcs.
  • black peppercorns, fresh red pepper, salt – to taste
  • sunflower oil – 200 ml
  • broth in which beef was cooked – 3 l
  • parsley, cilantro, celery leaves – 100 g
  • garlic, grated on a fine grater – 20-30 g
  • utskho suneli (blue fenugreek) – 1 tsp.
  • hops-cilantro (ground coriander) – 2 tsp.
  • kondari (savory) – 1 tsp.

Cooking steps:

  1. Boil the brisket, skimming off the foam. Strain the broth well.
  2. Fry the onions until golden brown in vegetable oil in a deep saucepan.
  3. Add the tomato paste and fry for 2 minutes over high heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Add boiled brisket, simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat and add chopped peeled tomatoes. Put out a few minutes.
  5. Add broth, bring to a boil, add rice and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Add spices, salt, pepper, some herbs and cook for another 10 minutes.
  7. Add remaining herbs, salt and garlic, reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the cooked soup from the heat and let it brew for a couple of hours.
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