Day-By-Day #2 … Hungarian Cruisine – Green Pea Soup

Gastronomy, cooking and food have always been quintessential elements of Hungarian culture and consequently Hungarian cuisine boasts a wide array of diverse and unique characteristic flavors. The Hungarian cuisine is an evalution of a 1000 year long history based on Hungary’s favorable geographical conditions as well as the heritage of traditional farming, small scale food and crop production. By-the-way … Pea soup has been eaten since antiquity … it is mentioned in Aristophanes’ The Birds, and according to one source “the Greeks and Romans were cultivating this legume about 500 to 400 BC. During that era, vendors in the streets of Athens were selling hot pea soup.

Green Pea Soup

(Zöldborsó leves)

This is a very easy to prepare this delicous soup, especially during the season when fresh peas are out to purchase. A fast and light soup, wonderful on hot summer days. Can use fesh, frozen or canned peas. If using canned peas, rinse them well.

The Hungarian veggie soups can be light soups and thick soups. To make the soup thicker make it with light roux. Depending on the season … green pea, cauliflower, green beans are almost regular soups for the Hungarians.

For 4 person – Preparing time 30 mins.

Ingredients: 500g green peas, 1-2 medium size carrot, 1 parsnip, 1 small chunk celleriac root, 1 small onion, 1 bunch of parsley, 3 tbs. oil, 1 tbs flour, 1 tbs. sweet red paprika powder, salt, black pepper as preferred.

Cooking: Heat the oil in the pot, sauté onion until glistening on medium heat for cca. 5 mins. Adding the cut up vegyies and sauté up 3mins. Scatter flour on top,  stir (practical with wooden soup) for a minute. Removing the pot from the heat add the red paprika. Add cca. 1 liter cold water, let it start to boil. Add the green peas.  When the veggies is done ad the dumplings, cook for 3-4 mins.  until the dumplings and veggies are tender.

Dumplings: 200 g wheat flour (1 cup), 1 egg, pinch of salt, 1 dl, cca 1/2 cup cold water (it should be smooth not hard)

Just a hint … with fresh peas is the best. Can be easily in use of frozen peas, cause peas freeze pretty good. May add alittle sugar, it will not sweeten the soup but the peas will taste yummy.

To read more about traditional  Hungarian soups, visit previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© Aggie Reiter

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