Tkemali is the universal condiment in Georgia, used much as Americans use ketchup. It is prepared from the small, tart tkemali plum for immediate enjoyment or longterm keeping. Tkemali is meant to provoke the palate. It enlivens chicken and vegetables-such as the famous lobio tkemali, kidney beans in red plum sauce-and is the classic accompaniment to grilled lamb or beef. Tkemali also lends a distinctive flavor to soups and stews.
To make tkemal