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Palóc Soup Recipe – Hungarian (Palócleves)

2012/01/07 by Varga László

The Story:

This soup is invented by the famous Hungarian cook Gundel Károly at the request of writer Mikszáth Kálmán who was from Palóc-land region, nowadays situated in northern Hungary and southern Slovakia.

Ingredients (6 persons)

  • 80 dkg of beef shank ( I used some bony parts too)
  • 1/2 kg frozen green beans
  • 2-3 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 level teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 medium onions
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 200 ml sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • a few dill leaves



  1. Dice the onion into very small cubes.
  2. In a pot with little oil braise the onion.
  3. Dice the meat in cubes, add to the pot and fry them a few minutes in the oil.
  4. Then add the finely chopped garlic, spices, paprika and salt, and a little water.
  5.  Cook until the meat is almost done, the time is not fixed as it varies with the age of the cattle.
  6. Peel the skins off the potatoes, dice them into 2 cm cubes.
  7. Add some more water to the pot and the diced potatoes.
  8. When the potatoes are done,  add the defrosted green beans and bring it to boil for 2 minutes.
  9. Mix the sour cream with 2-3 spoons of soup and the flour – lump-free.
  10. Add this thickener to the soup and bring it to boil for 1 minute.
  11. Finally, sprinkle it with finely chopped dill.


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    -Pearl from Naturally Grass Fed

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