One-pot dishes in Hungary are really popular. Especially because they are easy to make, they don’t take much time, hassle, and there are definitely fewer dishes to wash afterward. Also, one-pot dishes can be made for 3-4-5 days which for those who don’t have time to cook every day, can save a lot of time. Also, these aren’t dishes that couldn’t be stored without losing their taste. As the goulash with potatoes, this Hungarian bean goulash recipe is qualifying the one-pot dishes that you can do if you’re expecting many guests, as well as if you want to just cook a one-pot meal for the family or just yourself. The bean goulash is just as delicious as the potato goulash, and it’s just as tasty, but it didn’t yet grab the attention of international foodies as the potato version.
What kind of beans go in goulash? What is a goulash? And why do we love in Hungary the one-pot dishes? We’ll cover all that before moving forward to our bean goulash recipe. The Hungarian goulash with kidney beans is one of the most popular Hungarian dishes. As I have mentioned, we prefer really saucy, and liquid one-pot dishes as the main course, even if we have soup beforehand.
One-pot dishes are easy to make, you basically just throw everything in, and you let it cook. You don’t have to use 6 pans and 5 pots to make Hungarian recipes, you need one large, deep pot, and 1 chopping board. That’s it. As you finish chopping one ingredient, you throw it in the pot. The easiest and cleanest dishes are full of vegetables and the great broth that does well to our stomach.
If we’re already speaking about Hungarian bean goulash, the same traditions apply to this one as to the more popular version as for the potato version. Before we get into the recipe for goulash with kidney beans, let’s see some history and traditions!
The goulash back in the centuries was the shepherds’ food. Since eating soup is a tradition in Hungary, this one-pot Hungarian dish was easy to make, quick, and it served as the first course (soup) and the second course as well. The word Gulyas means cattle shepherd, the herdsman. That’s where the name of the Hungarian Goulash comes from, which correctly is Gulyas.
How to pronounce the goulash correctly? So, to pronounce Gulyas, the correct name of the dish: gu-y-ash. The Y should be pronounced as if you’d be saying yet.
From the 18th century in Hungary, the Gulyas (goulash) became a popular dish of the household in the Hungarian countrysides, then slowly it won its way into the towns and cities. Within the 19th century, it started to become part of the Hungarian hospitality services, and then it started to appear in the Hungarian cookbooks as well.
The Hungarian bean goulash or has different varieties in different parts of original Hungary. In Transylvania for example it already has four variations, but in today’s Hungary, as well as other regions that are now part of other countries like Slovakia or Serbia, they make the goulash in either traditional way, or they have their own variety for it.
Now you know all about the goulash with kidney beans, let’s jump into the recipe for goulash with kidney beans. Don’t forget, there’s no such a thing as too much paprika or too much meat! If you overpack the goulash with something, you can always balance it out. Also, don’t forget to leave enough liquid on it before you’d want to serve your Hungarian goulash with beans!
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