Goulash (pronounced as Gu-yash), has its name originating from Hungarian gulyas, the word for a cattle stockman. It was traditionally a thick stew made by the herdsman. Its considered to be the national dish of Hungary. Today it is prepared in both soup and stew forms with a variety of combinations of vegetables, onion and beef/lamb/pasta depending upon its ethnicity. The real flavor of all the vegetables and the meat is retained, since I do not use any spice at all ! Flour is used to thicken the goulash, which gives it a starchy texture and a blander taste.
To sum it up, its a complete, wholesome and a healthy meal in itself, with the potatoes and flour providing the starch and the meat providing the required proteins for the body.
Lamb goulash Meat/ Lamb shoulder(boneless) - 1 kg
Onion (chopped) - 2
Garlic pods - 3
Spring onions - 3-4
Potato - 3
Carrot - 3
Celery - 1/2
Olive oil - 3 tbsp
All purpose flour - 3 tbsp
Parsley(fresh, finely chopped or frozen) - 1 cup
Dill - 1 cup
Salt - according to taste
1. Cut the lamb into small cube sized pieces.
2. Chop the onions, garlic pods, and spring onions.
3. Wash and cut the carrots, Potatoes and Celery into thin long strips.
5. In a different pan, heat the olive oil and cook the lamb cubes in it for about 3 minutes by constantly stirring them all around.
6. Add the onions and garlic.
7. Sift the flour over the lamb and mix thoroughly.
9. Now add all the other ingredients (spring onions, carrot, potato, celery, parsley, dill, salt and pepper) and cook until the meat is tender. (I pressure cooked it to make it faster!)
1. You can as well add your desired spices like paprika powder or pepper powder to make it spicier !
2. If you do not want to add flour, add mashed potatoes instead to make it thicker and smoother.
3. To make it a thin soup, use water or chicken broth.
This Stew goes to the event "Souper Sundays" hosted by Debinhawaii
Its my pleasure to add this wonderful Souper Sundays logo :)
I would also like to share it with Taste of Pearl City, of Umm Mymoonah, who is running a wonderful event for Ramadhan. By now, everybody would have definitely known about this great event going on ;)