History of Soup-kharcho

Kharcho soup is a traditional Georgian dish that has spread to other cultures, including Russian national cuisine, throughout the centuries.

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • Beef short ribs – 1 kg
  • Onions – 150 g
  • Red bell pepper – 70 g
  • Green pepper – 65 g
  • Garlic – 45 g
  • Oil – 150 g
  • Butter – 60 g
  • Tomato – 75 g
  • Tomato passata – 60 g
  • Celery – 30 g
  • Coriander – 30 g
  • Dill – 30 g
  • Parsley – 50 g
  • Long-grain rice – 40 g
  • Tomato paste
  • Kharcho seasoning – 20 g
  • Blue Funegreek (Utskho Suneli) – 10 g
  • Dry coriander – 10 g


Place the ribs in a large stockpot. In the separate stew diced onion, bell pepper, and green pepper together before the meat starts boiling.  After the onion has turned golden, add the grated tomatoes and wait 7-10 minutes before adding the tomato paste. Combine everything in a pan and stew it all together. Slowly pour in the broth. Season with garlic and other spices.

Add all of the herbs after the beef is partly cooked. When the meat is completely cooked, add the paste you made to the pan. Allow 15 minutes for the water to boil. Season with salt. Add in rice and Tkemali.

After 4 minutes of boiling, turn off the gas stove and let the flavors open up in the saucepan for 3 hours.

Where to taste Soup-Kharcho in Tbilisi?

At Bread and Wine in Tbilisi, we believe that food is more than just sustenance – it’s an experience. That’s why we take great pride in our Soup-Kharcho dish, which is a staple of Georgian cuisine. Our chefs are passionate about using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients to create a dish that is true to its Georgian roots.

When you visit Bread&Wine, we want you to feel like you’re taking a culinary journey through Georgia. Our Soup-Kharcho is just one of the many dishes that we offer, and we invite you to explore our menu and discover the rich flavors of Georgian cuisine. From savory soups and stews to delectable pastries and desserts, we have something for everyone.

So why not book your table today and experience the magic of Soup-Kharcho for yourself? Our friendly staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and to make your dining experience a memorable one. We can’t wait to welcome you to Bread and Wine and share our love of Georgian cuisine with you.