Satsivi (literally means cold dish in Georgian) (also known as walnut
sauce) is a food paste in Georgian cuisine made primarily from walnuts and is used in various recipes.
The varieties of walnut sauce are numerous, and Georgian cuisine alone boasts of dozens of them.
Bazhe is the most versatile of Georgian walnut sauces, made with either red wine vinegar or pomegranate
juice. As is typical of the Georgian palette, this sauce is slightly tart, as sweeteners
are not usually used by Georgians in their cooking.
Satsivi is a Georgian sauce made of walnuts and served cold, either as a dipping sauce for bread or sauce for boiled or fried game or fish.
Traditionally, satsivi is made of walnuts, water
, a combination of dried herbs, vinegar
, cayenne pepper
, and salt
to taste. In this way, satsivi in the Caucasus is similar to the nut and/or legume-based paste sauces to the south, such as the hummus
(which often contains garlic, lemon juice a souring agent, and tahini, or sesame butter/paste) varieties found in Armenian, Syrian, Lebanese, or generically Levantine cuisine, and is very similar to the walnut paste of Circassian chicken of Turkish, Levantine, and Egyptian cuisine.
pieces submerged in satsivi is a staple of winter holiday feasts.