Goulash… And a Short Story

Right here, at the very beginning, I’d like to make you familiar with one fact from my life.

I was a vegetarian once, for seven years exactly. And this meal was the first meaty stuff I tasted after that alternative period of my life had come to its end. And now  –  from my current point of view  –  I can confess that I couldn’t find a better way how to round off that pale and  hungry chapter of my life.

My friends said that after I’d eaten my bowl of goulash a started to smile around my entire face and fell into a strange, coma-like state, waking up one week later, the smile still present.

Well, this might be quite revealing about how great this stew really tastes.

And it’s really, really simple and easy to make…

And this is what we need, dear friends – simple, right?

1. Pour the oil into a larger pot and let it heat up.

2. Chop the onions finely.

We need a lot of onion,  and I mean A LOT of onion!

3. Fry the onion until soft.

4. Peel and chop the garlic.

5. Now add the garlic into the pot and fry for about two more minutes.

6. It comes in really handy if you have cut the meat beforehand.

Just add it to the onion and garlic and fry until…

… nicely colored on all sides.

Like this.

7. Now a very important step follows.

This is a small step for a human, but a giant leap for the goulash!

Adding the paprika, everybody!

The paprika brings the flavor, the color and the joy.

And add the salt at this stage too.

8. Pour the water in and stir.

Let boil.

When cooking, I always bring the water to a boil in my rapid boil kettle if I need it as an ingredient. I’ve learned it is less energy consuming than heating it up on the stove.

9. And these are our gorgeous, gorgeous spices and ingredients that will work wonders with the above mixture.

Just add them all into the pot…

… and stir.

10. Cover and let cook (boiling moderately) for about 1 hour.

Stir occasionally.

11. About 40 minutes into the cooking process, add the diced potatoes.

Serve with slices of fresh bread.


You just have to make this dish!

It’s unbelievably delicious!


Enjoy, dear friends.

This recipe makes about 6-8 portions.

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12 thoughts on “Goulash… And a Short Story

  1. 1
    Heather says:

    Great presentation on the recipe. I really liked the way you laid out the ingredients visually and took it step by step. Bravo.
    I used to spend a lot of time in E. Europe and this too is one of my favorite dishes.

  2. 2
    Adriana says:

    Thank you for putting this recipe on. My boys love it, but you know that.

  3. 3
    Kasha says:

    I love goulash!!! In Poland, we often serve it over potato pancakes. In fact, now I feel like I’ve got goulash on my mind and will probably be making it very soon 🙂

  4. 4
    Thomas says:

    I made your recipe, last Sunday for the family of my partner and they totally loved it! I served it also with garlic bread (the one, which you suggest in another post!) and the combination was awesome! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your blog with us!

  5. 5
    chotis says:

    i like goulash. thanks man

  6. 6
    Kevin says:

    yummy! thanks for the recipe

  7. 7
    Issa Andrea says:

    Great hungarian traditional soup :))))))

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    Brian says:

    Hi Petra, just a quick note to say thank you. Every time I make this recipe, I feel like a kid again, cooking goulash and chicken paprika with my grandma. It tastes just as good as my grandma’s. Thank you!

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    JoyceK says:

    Thank you so much for the recipes! But even more, thank you for yourWONDERFUL print options!! While pictures are nice, and pretty to look at, they eat up the ink jets!! LOVE the ability to print recipes w/o pictures, which is really printer-friendly!!!

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