About Adjika

About Adjika | Ajika

Adjika or Ajika is a magical ingredient, a condiment that is never excluded from any traditional Abkhazian table. It has a history that spans familial generations, and as Abkhazians are well-known for being a long-lived people, many believe this is due to their diet, of which adjika is a vital part.

Adjika, in many cases can act as a substitute for salt, so it is believed to have health benefits, especially as all the ingredients are completely natural with no additives. It is made largely from red chili peppers, garlic, salt and a mixture of fine dried herbs.

Traditionally, the making of Adjika was an arduous and time-consuming task. Its preparation used to involve grinding all the ingredients together by hand on a rough slab of grinding stone with a second smoother hand-sized top stone or river cobble.

Adjika Abkhazian, Ajika Sauce
Ajika Abkhazian | Adjika Chilli Paste

Abkhazian legend about adjika

Adjika in translation from Abkhaz means ‘salt’. There is a legend that in the olden days the owners of sheep, driving flocks to the mountains, gave the shepherds salt for the sheep. The salt increased the animals’ appetite; they began to consume more food and water and therefore gained weight well. Salt was then very expensive and could not be afforded by simple shepherds, and so, to prevent theft, pepper was mixed with it. But resourceful shepherds began to add fragrant herbs and spices to the mixture; they ground everything on a stone and used it as a seasoning. Ajika -tsw’atsw’a in Abkhaz is used to refer specifically to the seasoning described here and to distinguish this from ordinary ‘white’ salt.

Lovers of the aromatic ajika add it to any food, especially when cooking dishes of the national cuisine.

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