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Hungry for Hungary! (Hungarian Pork Goulash Recipe)

My mother-in Law is utterly fascinated with my kitchen adventures. She’s famous for her tea and sandwiches; but that’s about it. The last time she tried baking(20 years ago), I believe there was a little explosion in the oven. She lives in Jaipur and I love cooking for her whenever she visits, but she keeps tabs on my cooking exploits on Facebook. She is  constantly admiring, encouraging and bragging!

The other day she was recounting how an old Hungarian friend of hers would make Goulash. It was something she loved and was sure we’d love as well. Goulash is a  European(mostly Hungarian) comfort-in-a-bowl soup/stew. It bursts with flavours and you can add beef,pork, sausages or even vegetables of your choosing. It was my first time making it and there was extra pressure because one of the people coming over for our weekly Sunday Brunch was my German friend(and fellow home chef) Axel. Lets hope it lives up to expectations!

I choose to make a Jamie Oliver recipe(http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pork-recipes/spicy-pork-chilli-pepper-goulash)

The cook off began with shopping. There was no paprika to be found all over Andheri, so or good old Kashmiri lal mirch mixed in with a bit of brown sugar was the substitute. I know Goulash is all about the paprika, but there really wasn’t any choice since I had been looking forward to the meal. Even if it wouldn’t taste authentic, I was sure it would taste good! Here’s what happened…

The Ingredients:

  1. 1 kg pork Tenderloin steak
  2. sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  3. olive oil
  4. 1 large or 2 small red onions, peeled and finely sliced
  5. 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  6. 1 generously heaped tablespoons mild smoked paprika, plus a little extra for serving(or Kashmri lal mirch)
  7. 1 teaspoons ground caraway seeds
  8. a small bunch of fresh marjoram or oregano, leaves picked
  9. Hald a yellow and half a red bell pepper
  10. 1 Green Pepper – grilled
  11. 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  12. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  13. Zest of 1 lemon
  14. a small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

  The process began with scoring(slashing with a knife) the pork tenderloin steaks and rubbing in some sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

 The meat was then cooked over medium heat for 10 minutes with a splash of Olive oil, to render out the fat. Then take it out f the pan and keep it aside.

 Add the sliced onions, red chilli, paprika(or Kashmiri lal mirch) ,caraway seeds, oregano leaves and a good pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper to the pot and cook for 10-12 minutes.

 Then add the  sliced peppers, the grilled peppers and the tomatoes. Put the pork back into the pot,mix everything well and then pour in enough water to just cover the meat. Add the vinegar – this will give it a nice little twang. Bring to the boil.

Then all you have to do is cover the pot and let it simmer away for 2 hours and smile in anticipation!

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