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Goulash Soup Recipe – Amazing Traditional Hungarian Soup

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Goulash (Gulyás) is the best-known dish in Hungary. It’s a soup made from meat (mutton or beef) and vegetables seasoned with Paprika. A good warm, hearty bowl of soup with some rye bread is comfort food to have during quarantine. And Goulash is something that gives you so much. That made goulash one of my favourites during these pandemic times.

Is Goulash Soup or Stew?

There is always a debate on goulash, whether it is soup or stew? Some people suggest goulash can be soup or stew, depending upon how you are preparing it. But this is not correct in any sense. Goulash is a brothy soup made with meat and vegetable seasoned with paprika. And the Hungarian stew, which is generally mistaken for goulash, is Pörkölt. It is prepared normally with onion and beef seasoned with paprika. And when you serve Porkolt with sour cream on top, it becomes Paprikás. I know it’s a little confusing, but the bottom line is Goulash is a soup, not a stew.

History of Goulash

The origin of goulash can be traced to 9th century Hungary. It was the food of cow herders or shepherd, who use to travel with cattle from grassy plains to markets across Central Europe. Food was the major issue during this long-distance travel. So they came up with the great idea of dehydrating cooked meat and again hydrating it with hot water.

They use to stew the cubes of meat with water in an iron kettle till the water evaporates fully. After that they sundry the cooked meat to increase the shelf life and to make it lighter for ease of carrying. On their voyage, herders just pull out some dried meat and put it into simmering water. Also, they use to add some onions and caraway seeds to make it more palatable. This soup was known as gulyásleve, which translates to cow herders soup.

Goulash in the wild

Entering of Paprika

The Paprika arrived in Europe in the 15th century with colonial power. This ingredient is originally from New World land i.e. America. During the middle ages, black pepper was an important and expensive spice imported from South Asia and India. And poor people didn’t afford it, so when pepper came to Europe it was cheap and even can be cultivated easily on European soil.

So pepper became the new substitute for black pepper in many dishes including Goulash. Also, Hungarians excelled in the skill of growing, drying and powdering the pepper to make Paprika out of it. And they used to export this paprika to their neighbours as well. By the 19th century, Paprika became the national spice of Hungary.

Paprika

Goulash in the US

In the 19th century, goulash came to the US with Hungarian immigrants. The Hungarians living in America doesn’t have 2-3 hours to cook goulash because of long working hours, they change some of the element of the dish to make make it quick and sustainable. They replace meat chunks with mincemeat which cooks fast, tomato with canned tomato and added pasta to make it a complete meal.

This is how goulash got a huge makeover in the US and people actually loved it. Goulash also started making its presence in cookbooks in the early 20th century. Since the dish got totally change so some people did justice to it by changing its name to American chop suey and slumgullion. So please don’t ever serve American chop suey to Hungarian by calling it goulash. Since they might get offended.

American goulash

Method of Making Goulash

  • First, take a soup pot, saute onions in vegetable oil till translucent remember don’t caramelise the onion. Add a tablespoon of water to avoid onions getting brown.
  • Then add the caraway seeds, bay leaves, peppercorn and meat. Cook the meat until it changes colour.
  • Now add paprika, tomatoes and bell pepper to the pot and cook for a few minutes, remember to cook on low flame to avoid paprika getting burn.
  • Now add water or beef broth and simmer for 1-1.5 hour or until the meat gets tender.
  • Once the meat gets fully cooked, add potatoes and carrot and bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 15- 20 minutes or until the vegetable is cook properly.
  • Lastly, add csipteke noodle and season it with salt and cook for few minutes or until the noodles is done.
  • Serve the soup in the bowl with some bread or mash and enjoy.

Recipe

Goulash (Gulyás) soup

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Goulash is the best-known dish in Hungary. It’s a soup made from meat (mutton or beef) and vegetables seasoned with Paprika. A good warm, hearty bowl of soup with some mash or crusty bread is comfort food to have during quarantine. And Goulash is something that gives you so much. That made goulash one of my favourites during these pandemic times.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 1
Calories 373.23 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 400 g Mutton or Beef cut in cubes
  • 3 medium size Onion Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Hungarian Paprika
  • 1 tsp Caraway seeds
  • 2-3 Bay leaves
  • 2 lt Water or beef broth
  • 1 medium size Tomato Small cubes
  • 1 medium size Bell pepper Small cubes
  • 2 medium size Carrot Thick slices
  • 2 medium size Potatoes cut into medium cubes
  • 1 cup Csipetke (pinched noodles) Optional
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, take a soup pot, saute onions in vegetable oil till translucent remember don't caramelise the onion. Add a tablespoon of water to avoid onions getting brown.
  • Then add the caraway seeds, bay leaves, peppercorn and meat. Cook the meat until it changes colour.
  • Now add paprika, tomatoes and bell pepper to the pot and cook for a few minutes, remember to cook on low flame to avoid paprika getting burn.
  • Now add water or beef broth and simmer for 1-1.5 hour or until the meat gets tender.
  • Once the meat gets fully cooked, add potatoes and carrot and bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 15- 20 minutes or until the vegetable is cook properly.
  • Lastly, add csipteke noodle and season it with salt and cook for few minutes or until the noodles is done.
  • Serve the soup in the bowl with some bread or mash and enjoy
Keyword Goulash soup, Gulyás, Hungarian Goulash


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