Cold Fruit Soup (Chrianteli)
One of the delicacies that reminds me most of the Kakhetian summer is a
cold soup, a fresh purée of fruits with just a hint of seasoning. It takes
only minutes to prepare. The fruits should be ripe enough to purée easily,
but not so ripe that they are overly sweet. Unlike the more familiar fruit
soups of northern and central Europe, chrianteli has no added sweeteners or
thickening agents. Serves 4.
2 pounds cherries or blackberries
3 sprigs each cilantro and dill, coarse stems removed
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 small garlic clove, peeled and pressed
Minced scallion and cucumber for garnish
If using cherries, stem and pit them. Put the fruit through a food mill.
Mince the cilantro and dill. Mix the puréed fruit with the salt, garlic,
and herbs. Chill lightly. Garnish each bowl with minced scallion and
From: The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the
Republic of Georgia by Darra Goldstein.