Friday, March 4, 2011

Goulash


Goulash is a typical Hungarian soup.  If you are a regular reader to my blog, in few of my previous posts I have mentioned that I used to think that  food without spices is bland.  This was  my opinion until I started exploring different cuisines.  Spices definitely adds a lots of flavour to the food, but the fact is each and every food say it meat or vegetable have their own flavour.  Chicken with tandoori spices is simply amazing.  But when you taste just roast chicken with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, it has it's own flavour which does taste really good.
  
 Goulash is a very simple stew, traditionally it's kept as simple as possible, with just meat, garlic and onion.  A few vegetables like carrot, leeks and celery adds much more flavour.  Don't try to add any spices and transform this simple stew into curry( I'm saying this for people like me, who tries to add spices in all different types of food).  Prepare the way , how it meant to be, you'll definitely enjoy it and see the difference.
Traditionally goulash is a slow cooked stew, cooked in a casserole for about 2 hours, off course it's hard for me to spend such long hours in cooking, so this is a simple pressure cooker method which reduces the time for cooking.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
Lamb- 400 g
Onion- 1 big sized finely chopped
Leeks- 200 g chopped
Carrot- 2 medium sized chopped
Green pepper- 1/2 chopped
Red pepper- 1/2 chopped
Parsley or coriander- 1 tbsp finely chopped
Vegetable stock- 1 1/2 cup( 1 cup= 225 ml)
Tomato puree- 2 tbsp
Paprika- 1/2 tsp
Bay leaves- 1
Cinnamon stick- 1/2 inch stick
Garlic- 4 pods finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Flour- 2 tbsp+ extra
Oil- 1 tbsp

Method:
Wash the meat well, season it with salt and pepper.  Take oil in a wide open pan for browning the meat.  Dip the meat in flour and dust the excess flour.  Add 2 to 3 pieces at a time in the oil and just brown the meat, you don't have to cook it completely.  Take the meat and set aside.  To the same oil, add finely chopped garlic and onions and saute, transfer immediately to the pressure cooker in medium heat.  Add the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
    Now add the meat, stock, paprika and pressure cook for 5 whistles.  Then add the leeks, carrot and any other vegetable if using , tomato puree and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Finally add the red pepper, salt and pepper to taste.  Then mix 2 tbsp of flour in 100 ml of water and add it slowly to the stew.  Let it simmer for further 20 minutes.Sprinkle finely chopped coriander leaves or parsley on  top of the stew and stir well.  At this stage the meat should look very tender, now you can take it off from heat.
Serve the stew warm with bread or rice.

Note:
Soup or stew taste at it's best when you use the best quality stock.

Linking this soup with Souper Sunday


63 comments:

Edible Art said...

yay, you posted right when i was checking updates on my dashboard !
once again, ANOTHER great looking dish!
and the recipe sounds so simple. (:
def. a slow cooking comfort food, for days when i lay around the house. hehe~

& im also guilty of spice. well... spice as in HOT SAUCES !
haha korean food is usually always red, spicy, or hot.
i bet like 70% of it has chili paste or peppers in it!
sooo i might be guilty of adding a few dashes of tobasco sauce to this (:

Reshmi said...

delicious soup!!!

Paaka Shaale said...

The soup sue does look spicy.. It's hard to believe that it does not have many spices added. Very well presented :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious

Rumana Rawat said...

Delicious:)

Jeannie said...

Your photo makes me drool! Looks so delicious! I have never had goulash before believe it or not!

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Soup looks so ravishing !!! nice color and consistency !!

Sonia said...

lovely goulash, wud love to try it !

? said...

This looks easy and delicious Ayeesha!

schmetterlingwords said...

Goulash looks very hearty and inviting :-) I've seen Gulash preparation in TV-Shows here and thought of making it one day. Thanks for your recipe dear..

One of my German teachers once said, that she does not like the taste of curry/spices dominate the taste of meat or fish. I wondered then. But, like you say, those things have their own taste and it doesn't hurt to open our minds and try such dishes... :-) Indeed they will be relishable!!

sojo said...

wow... first time hearing/reading/seeing this dish and U make it sound tasty.. the curious one in me (also the soup lover)has bookmarked this....

Sarah Naveen said...

gal i love this..I have been cooking this for some time..ooh ...drooling!!
yummyyyy

Asha said...

I love all those flavors and that picture made me hungry... Have to make it as soon as I get some lamb...

Nitha said...

Looks great... never tried this before..

Zareena said...

I have heard a lot about Hungarian cuisine from my bro who lives in Europe. But I never tasted there dishes, this looks so red in color and yummy. I am sure gonna try this :) thanks for posting.

Melissa said...

I love Goulash!!!! Great recipe! I am also one of those people who like to add spice to everything. But it's true....sometimes you need to stop and appreciate the simple flavors of food!

Smitha said...

the soup looks good!...and healthy!...we just can make it spicy for ourselves!..:)
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Torviewtoronto said...

soup looks flavourful and delicious

Plateful said...

Nice! Thanks for introducing us to this new dish, I'd love to have a spoonful to relish its flavors.

Mary said...

This really looks delicious but I must admit to adding Hungarian paprika to mine. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Victoria said...

As much as I love spices too, I agree that some dishes can be really outstanding with just the simplest ingredients as long as they are prepared well. This traditional goulash looks great, well done!

Katerina said...

Goulash is what I need right now. It is very cold and windy outside so this is the perfect remedy!

Caterina said...

Ottimo goulash! Conosco bene il suo sapore, ma non ho mai provato a cucinarlo. Segno la tua ricetta, complimenti!

Vimitha Anand said...

That looks rich and delicious... Would love it with rotis...

savitha ramesh said...

very innovative and impressive goulash.very new to me.

Cooking Gallery said...

Love Goulash...You remind me I haven'thad this for a while! Very delicious looking :).

Priya said...

Omg, feel like grabbing that bowl of tempting Goulash,sooo inviting and prefect for this chilled weather..

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

yummy soup with lovely presentation....mouthwatering...

Suja Sugathan said...

Soup sounds delicious,and sure flavorful..goulash is new to me,bookmarked..will stick to recipe ie no extra spices:)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Even though I dont eat anything other than chicken....your recipe tempts me...

FunWidFud

Noor said...

I made this a few weeks ago and my family and I LOVED It so much mashAllah.

Shobha said...

Heard a lot about this Hungarian dish ... thanks for the recipe ....will try it out.

Nammi said...

Thats a delicious looking stew :)

Suman Singh said...

mouthwatering and droolworthy looking soup..love the color and flavors in it..yumm!

Aisha Jameel said...

wow ! lovely blog and well presented :) will definitely try this !
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Goulash looks very inviting and delicious. The color of the curry says it all. You truly are a versatile cook.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Authenticoriyafood said...

Looks very tempting!! I had heard of Goulash but did not have any idea about the preparation or even what goes into it....Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

elle pee said...

Umm! Mm, mm, mmmm!!!

Just love the photo... it's so difficult to make brown food look pop-your-eyes-out exciting.. but you did it!

I love your advice, too. How did you know that I was reaching for a pinch of curry while reading this recipe?!?! ; )

Ciao,

L
hip pressure cooking
making pressure cooking hip, one recipe at a time!

Only Fish Recipes said...

yum yum yum yum yum......lovely, delicious n mouthwatering :-)

retete- ina said...

rich and delicious,very good

Sushma Mallya said...

Sounds Delicious, we don't have lamb will try this with chicken :)

Rekha shoban said...

curry looks very spicy n tempting...nice pic!!perfect with rice!

Soumya Vineeth said...

So colorful, So lovely, So tempting!

Biny Anoop said...

wow goulash looking awesome...yes i sometimes feel if we spice it too much the meat's flavour is lost....but being where i am from spices go in automatically...though i try to make roast with less spices just for me and my family cos most of our guests like spicy hot food...this a must try

Brownieville Girl said...

I love goulash - yours looks perfect.

SproutsOfSpring said...

Assalamualaikum Umm Mymoonah,
I am loving your blog! You have some very unique recipes. I get really excited when I discover new cuisines. I will try this recipe one day! I love your dessert section. My hubby loves desserts and I will give your recipes a try :)

Thanks for sharing!

Dimah said...

That looks so scrumptious!

Madhu said...

Wow! soup looks really good.

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

This looks so vibrant and inviting. I'm a big fan of spices, too!

Indrani said...

Goulash looks so appetizing, Umm..hey, I've shared an award with you, pl. come and collect from my blog, thanks

Hema Mahen said...

Looks delicious..... and sounds new to me.

Hannah said...

Oh, you have no idea how perfect this is! I've been trying to decide what to make for my father tomorrow for his belated birthday dinner, and I KNOW he loves goulash! Thank you!

Meena said...

hi Mymoonah ... loved the recipe. Am fond of turkish and middle eastern stuff - reminds me of my childhood days. Thanks for the wonderful Goualsh recipe!

Angie's Recipes said...

Your goulash looks mouthwatering! I usually scoop out the sauce first and then pour all over the rice :-))

hanushi said...

Your food makes me drool. Nice photos taken.

Ameena said...

I have never had goulash but it looks and sounds divine! Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe!

Anita said...

It looks so colorful..very nice.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Your Goulash looks hearty and delicious--perfect comfort food. Thanks for sharing it at Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

Maria said...

I'm going to pass this delicious recipe to a friend of mine who is always looking for the perfect goulash recipe! I'll have to give it a go myself too, of course ;-) Sounds great!

Krishnaveni said...

such a great soup, looks yummy

kitchenmorph said...

lovely goulash ayeesha. i trust you with only good creations :) thank you for sharing!

smoke20 said...

Your recipe looks delicious. Since I don't have a pressure cooker (or really even know what one is..) can this be done in a pot or slowcooker? Any advice? Thanks!!

Valeria said...

Looks great. But I'm Hungarian, and this dish doesn't have a lot to do with the Hungarian Goulash as we do it.... :)
But I'll try, and I'm sure it is very good.

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