Diaroni, a restaurant in western Georgia, is famous for its delicate veal ribs. Since this cut can be hard to find outside of the country, cookbook author Carla Capalbo recommends substituting baby back pork ribs. For added flavor, marinate the meat several hours before cooking.
Ajika is a spicy chile paste that is very popular in western Georgia; make your own, or buy dried red ajika at well-stocked Eastern European markets.
This recipe is adapted from Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus by Carla Capalbo.
- 1⁄3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp. dry ajika or 2 Tbsp. wet ajika, store-bought or homemade (see following recipe)
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. minced medium-hot fresh chile, such as Fresno, to taste
- 2 lb. small veal ribs or baby back pork ribs, cut into 2-rib pieces
- Thinly sliced red or white onion, to garnish