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A plate of chikhirtma
Place of originGeorgia
Main ingredientsMeat (Turkey or chicken), eggs.

Chikhirtma (Georgian: ჩიხირთმა) is a traditional Georgian soup. Chikhirtma is described as a soup almost completely without a vegetable base.[1]


The soup is made with rich chicken broth, which is thickened with beaten eggs (or only yolks) and lemon curd. The technique of inclusion of uncooked eggs to hot broth is rather difficult. The technique appeared in Ancient Persia and is intended for the creation of an intimate blend of broth and eggs.

For this purpose, eggs are blended into the bowl with a little lukewarm broth, which is blended in turn with a little flour (traditionally cornmeal) and some acid (pomegranate or lemon juice, wine, vinegar). This blend is added gradually to the hot broth with constant stirring over 5–7 minutes.

Before removing meat from broth, add flour and onion, then put down to soup. Except usual for the Georgian cuisine herbs and spices (like chili powder, tagetes, leaves of coriander, basil, parsley, celery), cinnamon, peppermint, and seeds of coriander must be added.


  1. ^ "Chicken Soup with Egg and Lemon (Chikhirtma)". June 21, 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-23.

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