Georgian-Style Kidney Beans with Plum Sauce

Лобио ткемали

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Appears in

A Taste of Russia

A Taste of Russia

By Darra Goldstein

Published 1983

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Lobio means “bean” in Georgia, where the legumes are put to imaginative use. Here is a streamlined way to prepare kidney beans with a sweet plum sauce.


  • 1 cup small dried kidney beans
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • ¼ te


Soak the beans overnight in ample water to cover. The next day, drain and cover them with fresh water. Bring to a boil with the halved clove of garlic, ¼ teaspoon of red pepper, ¼ teaspoon of salt, the bay leaf, and the 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Simmer until just tender, about 1 hour. Drain.