List of Hungarian dishes

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This is a list of dishes found in Hungarian cuisine.

Soups and stews

Name Image Region Description
Borleves wine soup
Goulash Goulash in Kettle
Gulyásleves Goulash soup
Főzelék thick vegetable stew
Fisherman's Soup
traditional red fish soup spiced with hot paprika
Sour cherry soup
sour-cherry soup
Chicken soup
clear chicken or veal meat soup with soup vegetables and thin soup pasta called csipetke
Jókai bableves a bean soup named after the author Mór Jókai
Lecsó mixed vegetable stew,[1] the Hungarian 'Ratatouille', it is similar to the Romanian ghiveci or the Bulgarian gjuvec
Palócleves Northeastern Hungary A soup similar to gulyásleves, but containing green beans and sour cream, and frequently flavoured with dill. Invented by János Gundel (father of famed chef Károly Gundel) and named for Kálmán Mikszáth and his writings about the Palóc people of Northern Hungary / Southern Slovakia.
Pörkölt meat stew in a thick paprika-spiced sauce, similar to ragout; generally translated into English as goulash (not to be confused with goulash soup)
Köménymagleves caraway seed soup
Székelygulyás Transylvania Goulash stew, made with sauerkraut and several kinds of meat
Chicken Paprikash called Csirkepaprikás, a stew with a lot of sweet paprika, cream or sour cream called tejföl
Paprikás krumpli paprika-based stew with spicy sausage and potatoes
Vadgombaleves wild mushroom soup
Gombapaprikás Called "Mushroom Paprikash" in English, this is an easy to fix, traditional vegetarian dish of the Hungarians.

Meat dishes

Other names
Image Region Description
Töltött káposzta
Cabbage roll
stuffed cabbage. Romanian sarmale, of Turkish origin.
Töltött paprika
Punjena paprika
Stuffed peppers - ground meat, rice and spices are used for the filling
Töltött tojás
Deviled egg
Deviled eggs, cold in mayonnaise or warm, baked in the oven with sour cream
Pork tenderloin filled with spicy tomato puree, spinach etc.
Fatanyéros, Hungarian Mixed Grill
thin pork steak served with cabbage or the dish fatányéros, a Hungarian mixed grill on wooden platter[2]
Bécsi szelet
Wiener schnitzel, but made of pork,
Borjú bécsi (using veal), rántotthús
Austria Bécsi szelet is literally "Viennese slice" in English
Stefánia szelet
or Stefania slices (Hungarian meatloaf with hard boiled eggs in the middle. Makes decorative white and yellow rings in the middle otf the slices
Túrós csusza small dumplings called galuska baked with quark cheese called túró - served savoury with bacon or sweet
Rakott krumpli layered potato casserole with sausage, eggs and bacon, see recipe on Wikibooks Cookbook
Rakott káposzta layered cabbage
Rántott sajt flat cheese croquette, cheese rolled in breadcrumbs and, deep fried
Pacalpörkölt pörkölt made of tripe

Dumplings and others

Name Image Region Description
Hungarian sweet quark cheese dumpling
Májgaluska small liver dumplings used in different soups, for example liverball soup
Galuska or Nokedli
Hungarian boiled dumplings used in soups and stews
Plum Dumplings
Gombotzen or Szilvásgombóc and nudli (sweet plum dumplings and small noodles, rolled in sweet fried brescrums or streusel
Egg barley
a kind of large Hungarian "couscous", big pasta grain, served as a side dish
Hungarian risotto, white rice mixed with green peas, served as a side dish
Transylvanian mashed eggplant salad made of grilled, peeled and finely chopped eggplants
Liptai túró
Liptauer, a spicy spread made from fresh white cheese mixed with sweet paprika and onions
Libamájpástétom Goose liver pâté

Breads and pancakes

Name Image Region Description
Lángos fried bread dough, often served with sour cream, garlic and cheese
Pogácsa a type of bun, round puffed pastry, available with bacon or cheese, traditionally cooked on the fire
Bread rolls
round small breads, eaten cut in half, with butter, cold cuts or jam, often for breakfast
Kifli crescent-shaped pastry
Pretzel, salty crispy pasty
Bundás kenyér literally, "coated bread" or "bread with a fur", a savoury version of French toast
Kenyér Hungarian bread -kenyér- tends to be big, round and with a hard thick crust
The other freshly baked bread type. Long loaves with crispy crust, thicker or thiner, like the baguette
Rakott palacsinta or Csúsztatott palacsinta
layered crepes with sweet cottage cheese, raisins, jam and walnuts, similar to Mille crêpe
Palacsinta filled crepe, usually filled with jam. Other fillings are sweet quark cheese with raisins or meat
Gundel palacsinta Budapest Gundel crepes, filled with walnuts and served in chocolate sauce, often flambéed
sweet crepe crumbs
Hortobágyi palacsinta crepes filled with veal stew

Sweets and cakes

Name Image Region Description
Arany galuska baked dough balls with butter, raisins an nuts, often served with vanilla custard
Lady Fingers
thin, light, sweet delicate, crispy lady fingers
Bejgli [3] (cake roll eaten at Christmas and Easter.
Birsalma sajt
Quince cheese
[4] (Quince cheese, or quince jelly made of quince fruits
Csöröge crispy, light Hungarian Angel Wing fry cookies[5] a twisted thin fried cookie made of yeast dough, dusted with powdered sugar
Dobos torta
Dobosh torte
Dobos cake
sponge cake layered with chocolate paste and glazed with caramel and nuts
Eszterházy torta layered almond and cream cake
Berliner, Bismarck Doughnuts
round, sweet, fired taste, topped with lekvár
Flódni Jewish-Hungarian cake with 4 different fillings, poppyseed, walnut, apple and plum jam
Gesztenyepüré cooked and mashed sweet chestnuts with sugar and rum, topped with whipped cream.
Halva, Transsylvanian sweet sweet confection, made with sunflower seeds, of Turkish origin
Krémes A puff pastry top, custard cream and whipped cream filling, and is finished with powdered sugar
Kuglóf cake, a traditional Austro-Hungarian coffee party cake
Kürtőskalács Stove cake or Chimney cake, cooked over an open fire—a Transylvanian specialty, famous as Hungary's oldest pastry
Lekvár Thick Hungarian jam
Lekváros Bukta or Bukta a baked dessert filled with jam, túró or ground walnuts
Lekváros tekercs
Swiss roll
Rolled up soft sponge cake filled with jam
Linzer torta a tart with criscross design of pastry strips on top
Madártej Floating island, a dessert made of milk custard with eggwhite dumplings floating on top
Mákos Guba Kifli and finely ground poppy seeds boiled in milk and sugar.
Mézes krémes Hungarian Honey Cake
Rigó Jancsi Cube-shaped sponge cake with dark chocolate glaze
Somlói Galuska Budapest/Fót[6] sponge cake with raisins, walnuts, served with rum, chocolate sauce and whipped cream
Szaloncukor flavoured candies which hang on the Christmas tree, eaten at Christmas
a sweet sticky white nougat paste cooked with sugar, eggwhites, honey, bits of walnuts, spread between two wafer sheets.
Túró Rudi sweet quark cheese - called túró - filled chocolate bar
Vaníliás kifli vanilla croissant, small, crescent shaped biscuits

See also


  1. Gundel, Karoly (1992). Gundel's Hungarian cookbook. Budapest: Corvina. ISBN 963-13-3600-X. OCLC 100
  2. Gundel, Karoly (1992). Gundel's Hungarian cookbook. Budapest: Corvina. ISBN 963-13-3600-X. OCLC 83
  3. June Meyers Authentic Hungarian Heirloom Recipes Cookbook
  4. Quince-cheese
  5. June Meyers Authentic Hungarian Heirloom Recipes Cookbook
  6. Szántó András. "Gasztronómia: Sütemények, amelyekről rosszul tudjuk, hogy hungarikumok -" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 5 March 2012.
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