- 1 What is utskho-suneli
- 2 What does it look like
- 3 Taste and smell
- 4 Composition and calorie content
- 5 Useful properties and contraindications
- 6 What to replace
- 7 What spices does it go with?
- 8 What dishes should I add it to?
- 9 Difference from Khmeli-Suneli
- 10 How to make utskho-suneli at home
- 11 Where to buy and how to store
What is utskho-suneli
Utskho seasoning, translated from Georgian, means something “alien, alien.” And suneli is something “fragrant, pleasantly smelling, spicy.”
So it turns out that utskho-suneli is translated as “foreign seasoning.” It consists of a mixture of dried and then ground flowers, seeds and pods of blue fenugreek.
It grows throughout the east, China, India, as well as Asia, South-Eastern Europe, and of course the Caucasus. And Trigonella caerulea is blue fenugreek, one of the main spices. In Georgia it grows in its northern part covered with mountains.
What does it look like
Taste and smell
Composition and calorie content
As we have already written,the composition of the Utskho-Suneli seasoning includes blue fenugreek. More precisely, its inflorescences, seeds and pods. Depending on the manufacturer, there may be more or less of something.
Grinded stems can also be added to add weight.
|Nutritional value per 100 grams
Useful properties and contraindications
Utskho-suneli, like any spice, increases appetite. Has a positive effect on the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. Improves the appearance of nails, hair and skin, helps bone tissue. It is a diuretic and helps the genitourinary system.
It is even believed that the spice affects breast growth. As for contraindications and possible harm, it should be used with caution during breastfeeding.
The same applies to the period of pregnancy. You may also be allergic to the spice, but everything is individual, so you should consult your doctor.
You can consume no more than 100 grams of Utskho-Suneli per day per person weighing 70-90 kilograms.
The seasoning helps the male body produce testosterone. Also acts as an aphrodisiac. It is useful for children as well as for adults. In general, it strengthens the body, especially in the cold season.
What to replace
What spices does it go with?
What dishes should I add it to?
Utskho-suneli is added to the famous Georgian sauces satsivi and satsebeli, sometimes added to tkemali. Adjika from plums is often prepared with this seasoning.
It is used in baked goods, fish, meat, and vegetables. It is used to marinate shish kebab, cook cheese, and bake vegetables. They are added to soups and khinkali, as well as various meat sauces.
Utskho-suneli is used in most famous Georgian dishes. Pkhali, lobio, chicken tapaka, kuchmachi and ajapsandal, this is just a small part of them. Its application is widespread and is even used as a shell for basturma.
It can also be added to our usual dishes: dumplings, fried chicken, potatoes with meat. Adding seasoning to belyashi, pasties and goulash will make it much more aromatic and tastier. In general, wherever you add ground pepper, feel free to add blue fenugreek.
The main difference between these seasonings is that utskho-suneli is part of hop-suneli. As well as cilantro, parsley, saffron, mint and many other components.
And the spice utskho, as we wrote, is just crushed blue fenugreek. The aroma of utskho-suneli and hops-suneli are similar, but of course the composition of the second is much more aromatic. The color of the hops is also a darker spice.
How to make utskho-suneli at home
Of course, grinding fenugreek yourself is not an easy task, but there are several ways to make the process easier.
- All elements of the plant must be well dried.
- Blue fenugreek seeds can be heated in a dry frying pan. This will give them fragility and reveal the aroma more strongly.
- Add a little salt to the mortar for grinding along with the seeds, leaves and inflorescences. It will serve as an abrasive for grinding.
- The simplest thing is to use a coffee grinder or a powerful chopper.
You can buy blue fenugreek seeds online or order them from seed sellers. Well, how to grow this plant is a completely different conversation.
Where to buy and how to store
Utskho-suneli can be bought in large hypermarkets and markets. Of course, at local bazaars there is a risk of buying a fake or a very diluted product.
To do this, look at the quality of the seasoning; it should not be ground into dust. Small flecks of blue fenugreek should be visible. They are about the size of a grain of sand, coarse grinding is also not very good.
Of course, you can always order the spice in the online store. But you can buy the most delicious and aromatic seasoning in the markets of Sochi and Adler, if we talk about Russia.
It is better to store in a tightly closed container, preventing the nutty smell from dissipating. This will also help the spices not to gain excess moisture.