A collection of Hungarian recipes and home cooking


Category: Main Courses


Hungarian Cabbage Stew a la “Székely”- Székelykáposzta

A true winter warmer, made with soured cabbage and tender stewed meat, often seen on the Christmas table too. Usually prepared in large quantities then reheated thoroughly with a bit of water  the next day(s) again.  Custom says the more you reheat this dish the…
hungarian cabbage in tomato sauce

Cabbage in Tomato Sauce – Paradicsomos Káposzta

A rustic vegetable dish usually served with roast meats or fasirozott (fried meatball patties) but nice with just some bread or langos which is a fried flat bread. Despite being simple it can be very tasty if the cabbage is cooked right, tender but still retained a…
Hungarian Fasirozott

Hungarian Meatball Patties – Fasírozott

A popular versatile meat dish a bit like a Hungarian hamburger, the meat is loosened up with some soaked then squeezed bread rolls and binded with a bit of egg. They are nicely spiced with finely chopped onions, garlic, paprika powder and fresh parsley. Often…
Szilvas Gomboc, plum dumplings

Hungarian plum dumplings – szilvásgombóc

A family favourite and children’s delight. Ripe plum with a bit of sugar and  cinnamon encased in a soft potato dough cooked then rolled in toasted breadcrumbs. One of my grandmothers made these but only occassionally as she was always so busy around the house…

Yellow beans stew with paprika chicken

A nice lunch dish made with freshly picked yellow waxed beans, fresh dill and a good portion of sour cream. Served with a bit of meat stew like pörkölt or as on the picture (thanks mum!), paprika chicken. Good to try with green beans and…
Toltott paprika

Stuffed peppers in tomato sauce

These days I make this dish with lean ground turkey but the traditional is made with pork. For a most authentic taste use Hungarian wax peppers (image below), if it’s not available any other sweet pepper will give you a lovely tasty meal. Good choice…
Hungarian Quark Cheese Noodles

Hungarian Quark Cheese Noodles – Túrós tészta

Hungarian quark cheese noodles, “túrós tészta” is a firm favourite with the entire population of Hungary. It’s not exactly a diet food but so easy to make and utterly delicious for an ocassional indulgence. Often served as a second course after hearty soups like goulash.…
Hungarian pancakes

Hungarian Pancakes – Palacsinta

Who doesn’t like pancakes? Hungarian pancakes are one of a kind, more like crepes. I find them quite distinctive from other types of just as lovely pancakes I tasted elsewhere. They are thin and delicate, made with part milk and part sparkling water, giving it…
Wild rabbit in red wine with prunes

Wild Rabbit Braised in Red Wine, Herbs & Prunes

I had the good fortune to try this dish a few years back in Hungary at a Christening celebration only that it was made with wild boar. It was so delicious I decided this was my favourite game recipes to make next. Wild bore is…
Lentil salad

New Years Eve Lentil Salad

New Years Eve is fast approaching when lentils are a popular choice on the menu as it would bring wealth and money according to one of the many traditional beliefs. This is a lighter lentil based party salad with cooked carrots, speckled with cheese cubes,…
Hungarian stuffed cabbage

Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage – Töltött Káposzta

A typical winter dish that could be made with pork, beef or a mixture of both. There are slight differences preparing the dish across the regions of Hungary and according to family traditions. Some stuff savoy cabbage leaves instead of white cabbage, some use dill…
Csirke Dubarry Modra

Chicken à la Dubarry

Whenever I’m in Budapest looking to grab a quick lunch I sooner or later will come across “Chicken Dubbary style” on the menus of takeaways and restaurants. The dish gained popularity in home cooking too. A little bit fiddly as the seared chicken is topped…
Hungarian Breaded Cutlet

Breaded Chicken – Rántott hús

A firm favourite in the Hungarian home usually made on the weekend or at family celebration. The type of meat can vary, most popular being pork, chicken or even veal which is a very similar dish to Veal Milanese. This tender meat with a crispy…
Tarhonya Hungarian Pastapellets

Hungarian “tarhonya” pasta pellets with “pörkölt” stew

Tarhonya is best described as a pellet like pasta, similar to giant couscous though it is cooked somewhat differently. Interestingly the word “tarhonya” /ˈtɒrhoɲɒ/ itself is likely to come from the Ottoman Turkish influence in Hungary, the modern Turkish spelling is the undoubtably similar “tarhana”. 
Hungarian Lángos

Lángos – Hungarian Fried Bread

A popular snack sold freshly made which can’t go amiss especially when holidaying by lake Balaton in Hungary. Here is a home-made version with added mashed potatoes that make the dough extra soft. Ingredients (for 20 pieces) Langos: 500 g white flower 250 g potato…
Layered savoy cabbage - rakott kel

Hungarian Layered Savoy Cabbage

Have to warn in advance that this is a somewhat challenging dish. Not because difficult to make, but more so for the array of pots and pans that are used and have to be washed up afterwards. :-)  It’s all worthwhile at the end. There…

Hungarian Goulash Soup – Gulyás Leves

Ingredients (4 people) 450 gram beef, braising steak, diced to 1 inch (2 cm) cubes 2 medium onions finely chopped 1 medium carrot, cut into disks 1 medium parsnip, cut into disks 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil 2-3 medium potato (500gramm) diced 1 clove of…
Roast duck legs with Hungarian braised red cabbage, kacsapecsenye

Roasted Duck Legs with Apples and Braised Red Cabbage

I was looking forward to making dish because can’t remember the last time I ate this popular Hungarian roast with the obligatory braised red cabbage.  Duck legs make a very fine roast, as I just re-discovered myself. Crunchy, juicy and meltingly-textury, nothing like other meats…
chicken paprikash with nokedli

Chicken Paprikash with “Nokedli” Noodles

Chicken paprikash and the popular Hungarian pasta “nokedli” are best friends and very often served together.  Nokedli is made from a home made noodle dough (think of  a very thick pancake batter) that is pushed through a special tool with holes into boiling water. The…