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pkhali georgian spinach and walnuts

Georgian Spinach with Walnuts (Pkhali)

  • Author: Diane Vukovic
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


  • 3 pounds of spinach (or greens of choice)
  • 14 ounces of walnuts
  • 2 white onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 ounces of fresh cilantro (about 1 small bunch)
  • 2 ounces of fresh parsley (about 1 small bunch)
  • 68 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 heaping Tbsp red pepper
  • 1 heaping Tbsp dried marigold (omit if you don’t have it, or you can buy it here)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp blue fenugreek
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnishing


  1. Prepare the spinach. Cut off the ends and wash it thoroughly.
  2. Boil or steam the spinach until it is soft. Don’t overcook it though. It should still have its bright green color, not be dull and slimy! When cooked, squeeze out the excess water from the spinach and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, meat grinder or Magic Bullet, grind the walnuts and garlic. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Add red pepper, marigold, and fenugreek to the bowl with the walnut mixture.   Add the white wine vinegar and mix.
  5. Finely chop the onion, parsley and cilantro. Add to the walnut mixture.
  6. In the food processor (or meat grinder or Magic Bullet), grind up the cooked spinach.
  7. Add ground spinach to the walnut mixture. Mix well using your hands.
  8. Leave mixture to stand for at least 2 hours so the flavors can blend.
  9. Form into balls (to make it look pretty) and top with pomegranate seeds.
  10. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy your greens!


pkhaliGrind the walnuts and add the spices.

pkhaliAdd the chopped onion, cilantro and parsley.

pkhaliChop up boiled spinach and add to walnut mixture.

pkhaliMix everything together.

pkhaliIt won’t look pretty at this point. Don’t worry!

pkhaliForm mixture into balls and top with pomegranate seeds.

  • Category: Vegan Recipe
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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