Saturday, September 18, 2021

Tutmaji


This is an amazing noodle and yogurt soup from Meskheti region of Georgia. This is served hot and has an amazing taste. It is comforting that it will become an usual in your home. The salty yogurt broth with onion and butter flavor, along with noodles and chewy bites - one word - DIVINE! This is made with simple staple ingredients. Also, read an interesting fact that it can cure hangover!


As a child many times, I have had manytimes buttermilk rice, both hot and at room temperature. Always, I used to love it and it gave me lots of comfort. Even now too! This Georgian noodle soup is very similar to that, only difference is that this is noodle based. My kids too loved this noodle and requested to make it often. The chewy fried dough chunks adds a different texture to the soup. I followed my recipe from the book Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus by Carla Capalbo.


I am on a journey around the world exploring noodles from A-Z as a part of Blogging Marathon. So far, I have posted the recipes for A to S and this is for letter T. This Tutmaji is a comforting noodle soup.

R - Rabokki


Ingredients

All-purpose flour - 1.5 cup
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Butter - 4 tbsp
Water - 1/2 cup plus 3 cups
Onion - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Yogurt - 1/2 cup


Method

Add the flour and half cup water to a bowl and knead to a smooth dough. Divide into two portions. cover the dough until use.


Roll one portion into a long cyliner, about 1/2-in diameter and cut into half a inch chunks.



Heat butter in a heavy-bottomed pan, add the chunks and fry till golden brown. This may take about 10-12 minutes.


In the meantime, bring 3 cups water to a boil, add the onions and fried chunks. Let it boil for 5-7 minutes until the onions are cooked and chunks softer.



In the meantime, roll the other portion of dough to 1/8-in thickness. Cut into four strips. Dust each with generus amount of flor and stack. Cut into noodles of 1/2-in thickness. Set aside.



Add the noodles to the pot. Let it cook for a couple of minutes. Once the noodles are cooked, they would float to the top.


Whisk the yogurt. Lower the flame, add it to the pot. Simmer for a minute. Do not over boil.


Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a bowl of comfort. Those fried dough pieces is an interesting addition which adds texture and crunch to the soup.

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  2. Wow sounds interesting with the crunchy fried pieces and soft noodles.

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