197 – Adjarian Khachapuri – Part 1: Making the Dough

Ajarian Khachapuri is a filled bread from the Republic of Georgia. The dough is shaped as a boat, filled with cheese (originally Selguni), and topped with an egg. It is served with fresh cilantro and tomato salsa! What a way to start the day!

Ingredients

  • 775 grams all-purpose flour
  • 12 grams salt
  • 180 grams starter (flour + water + yeast)
  • 510 ml luke-warm water (at body temperature)
  • Olive oil

Directions

Step 1: Making the Starter
1- Mix equal amounts of flour and water (one cup each) and yeast (dry or fresh yeast). You need 1 tablespoon of yeast for each cup of flour.
2- Cover the mixture and place it in your refrigerator for 24 hours.
3- You can use the starter the next day when it is ready. If you have any leftover you can store it in the fridge for 1 year.
4- In this recipe, you will need 180 grams of starter.

Step 2: Making the Dough
1- Mix the flour, salt, starter, and water in a large bowl, using your hand.
2- You do not need to knead the dough. Just mix all the ingredients together until you get a ball. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit of flour to make it easy for you to roll the dough.
3- Grease the bottom and sides of a container with a little bit of olive oil.
4- Place the dough in a container, cover, and let it rest in a warm place for 24 hours.
Note: you can use this dough as pizza dough! Also, if you find it difficult, you can just use commerical pizza dough to make Khachapuri.

Step 3: Shaping the Dough
1- The next day the dough is ready. It is elastic, soft, and ready to be shaped!
2- Make 150 grams balls of dough, sprinkle with flour if needed to make the shaping easy.
3- Cover the dough balls until you need to use them.

Step 4: Making Khachapuri
Please refer to Ajarian Khachapuri – Part 2 for how to make the filling.