Chechen Zhizhig Galnash with Garlic Sauce

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Amina

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“Zhizhig galnash is a traditional Chechen dish, recipe of which my aunt learned from her Chechen friend a long time ago. Since then this dish is one of dishes we cook when we gather all together as a family. Those are very special moments to me - when we all shape galnash (little pieces of dough), laugh, share stories and enjoy being around each other.”

Difficulty

Medium 👍
120
min.
Preparation
0
min.
Baking
0
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-5+
½ kg lamb fillet
onion
carrot
potatoes
½ kg flour
egg
2 l water
2 tbsp salt
2 cloves garlic
150 ml kefir
150 ml mayonnaise
1 pinch Black pepper ground
bay leaves
200 ml water
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • 1 saucepan (large, with lid)
  • bowl
  • rolling pin
  • 2 cutting boards
  • knife
  • platter
  • Step 1/9

    • ½ kg lamb fillet
    • onion
    • carrot
    • 2 l water
    • 2 tbsp salt
    • bay leaves
    • 1 saucepan (large, with lid)

    In a large pan bring water and meat to a boil. Once the foam appears on the surface, change the water to clean and bring it to a boil again. If the foam appears, remove it. Once the water starts boiling, add a whole carrot and onion (these are just for the broth taste and will be thrown away later). Also add salt and bay leaves. Simmer with a lid on for approximately 1,5 hours.

  • Step 2/9

    While the meat is being cooked, we start preparing dough for our galnash. In a large bowl, mix flour with egg and water. Knead with hands until a smooth dough forms. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for 15-20 minutes.
    • ½ kg flour
    • egg
    • 200 ml water
    • bowl

    While the meat is being cooked, we start preparing dough for our galnash. In a large bowl, mix flour with egg and water. Knead with hands until a smooth dough forms. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for 15-20 minutes.

  • Step 3/9

    Meanwhile peel potatoes, cut in half and add to a pot with boiling water. Once they are cooked through, remove them and set aside.
    • potatoes

    Meanwhile peel potatoes, cut in half and add to a pot with boiling water. Once they are cooked through, remove them and set aside.

  • Step 4/9

    Get back to our dough and cut it into 3 equal parts. Roll out each parts with a rolling pin, to approx. 1 cm thick. Then cut them into 2 cm wide stripes. Cut each stripe crosswise into small pieces, these small dough pieces will be future galnash.
    • rolling pin
    • cutting board
    • knife

    Get back to our dough and cut it into 3 equal parts. Roll out each parts with a rolling pin, to approx. 1 cm thick. Then cut them into 2 cm wide stripes. Cut each stripe crosswise into small pieces, these small dough pieces will be future galnash.

  • Step 5/9

    • cutting board

    Now the most interesting part begins, as we start to shape our dough into galnash. Take one little dough piece and place your thumb on top of it. Then, press it with your thumb, roll the dough on a flat surface shaping it into a sort of seashell.

  • Step 6/9

    Shaping all the dough pieces into galnash will take a while. By the time you are done, meat should be ready. Remove carrot and onion from the broth. Take out meat and set aside.

    Shaping all the dough pieces into galnash will take a while. By the time you are done, meat should be ready. Remove carrot and onion from the broth. Take out meat and set aside.

  • Step 7/9

    Put the broth on high heat and once it is boiling again, put all the galnash there for 5-7 minutes, while stirring continuously. Remove ready galnash from broth and place on a large platter. Then place cooked meat and potatoes on top of galnash. The dish is served on a platter to share.
    • platter

    Put the broth on high heat and once it is boiling again, put all the galnash there for 5-7 minutes, while stirring continuously. Remove ready galnash from broth and place on a large platter. Then place cooked meat and potatoes on top of galnash. The dish is served on a platter to share.

  • Step 8/9

    Prepare garlic sauce: mix kefir and mayonnaise in 1:1, add finely grated garlic to it. Mix it good and season with black pepper. Sauce is ready. Serve it in individual bowls, as everyone would dip their galnash into the sauce. Enjoy!
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 150 ml kefir
    • 150 ml mayonnaise
    • 1 pinch Black pepper ground

    Prepare garlic sauce: mix kefir and mayonnaise in 1:1, add finely grated garlic to it. Mix it good and season with black pepper. Sauce is ready. Serve it in individual bowls, as everyone would dip their galnash into the sauce. Enjoy!

  • Step 9/9

    One of the best childhood memories would be sitting around one table at my grandma’s house as a family and shaping galnash together. I recommend making this dish together with your family members :)

    One of the best childhood memories would be sitting around one table at my grandma’s house as a family and shaping galnash together. I recommend making this dish together with your family members :)