Tkemali - Georgian Plum Bbq Sauce

Course : BBQ Sauce
Serves: 1
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1 pound plums -- not too ripe
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice -- or to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar -- or to taste
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt -- or to taste
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon sugar -- optional

Preparation / Directions:

1. Cook plums in boiling water to cover for 30 seconds. Drain in a colander, rinsing with cold water. Pull off skins. Remove stones. 2. Combine plums, 1 cup water, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, coriander, salt, pepper flakes, black pepper and cumin in a saucepan. Simmer until plums are very soft, 5 minutes. Puree mixture in a food processor. Return it to saucepan, and stir in the cilantro and dill. 3. Simmer sauce until thick and flavorful, about 5 minutes. If desired, add salt, lemon juice or vinegar to taste. If too tart, add sugar. Serve at room temperature. Yield: 2 cups. Note: This recipe is not from Georgia as in USA - it is from the country near Russia. Recipe appeared in the NY Times 6/2/99

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