Georgian Meat (Chashushuli)


Chashushuli, a traditional Georgian veal stew, is renowned for its simplicity and bold flavors. This recipe showcases a harmonious blend of Georgian spices and herbs, creating a delightful explosion of flavors in every bite. What sets chashushuli apart is its unique cooking method—it requires no broth or water. Instead, the onions release their natural juices, providing a rich and flavorful base in which the meat is stewed. The key to achieving the perfect chashushuli lies in using equal parts of onion and meat, ensuring a perfect balance of flavors and a truly authentic taste experience.

Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time: 2 hours 30 min
Resting time: N/A
Total time: 2 hours 30 min
Serves: 6


  • 1 bundle basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Imereti saffron
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 500g fresh tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Utskho-suneli (Georgian blue fenugreek)
  • 500g beef
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bundle coriander leaves
  • 500g onions


  1. Cut the beef into large cubes, approximately 3 cm in size. Slice the onion into semi-circles.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat some oil. Add the meat and onion to the pot, sprinkle with salt, cover, and cook over low heat until the meat is tender. Stir occasionally. The onion will release its juices, so there’s no need to add water. The cooking time varies depending on the meat but typically takes a few hours. The meat should be tender, and the onion should be soft and golden. Alternatively, cook the meat in a slow cooker on high for 2-3 hours.
  3. If using fresh tomatoes, halve them and grate them until only the skin is left on your palm. Alternatively, use canned tomatoes. Add the tomatoes, spices, and more salt to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  4. Chop the herbs and garlic. Remove the pot from the heat and add the herbs and garlic. Cover with a lid and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

For even more flavor, you can marinate the beef cubes in a mixture of spices, olive oil, and vinegar for a few hours or overnight before cooking. This will help tenderize the meat and infuse it with delicious flavors.

Nutritional Info:
Calories: 350
Carbs: 22g
Protein 26g
Fat 18g

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