Mushroom paprikash (sometimes inadequately called mushroom goulash in English) is a flavorful mushroom stew, one of the staple foods of Hungarian cuisine. It’s an easy to make vegetarian dish, one of the paprikash family. Although a vegetarian dish, it has the same strong flavors than it’s big brother, chicken paprikash.
As this recipe is very easy to make and button mushrooms are not only easily available but very cheap, this dish is often served as part of low-budget workday menu in Hungarian homes or canteens.
But this dish is also very tasteful, so you can find mushroom paprikash in almost every restaurant that serve Hungarian food. Make it and try it, and let your kitchen be colored with a dish that can be only compared to the best vegetable curries of Indian cuisine.
Mushroom paprikash is served as a main dish, mostly with galuska. If no galuska is made, you can serve it over any kind of pasta, or even rice. On the picture you can see a very unique, fusion presentation: mushroom paprikash over couscous.
Mushroom Goulash Recipe
- Chop the onions and slice mushrooms – they should be 1/4-1/3 inch (5-8 mm) thick, not too thin.
- Saute the onions in oil over medium heat until golden, for about 8-10 minutes.
- Lower the heat, add 2 oz. (60 ml) water and let it simmer.
- Cook the onions for about 30 minutes over low heat, adding 2 oz. water at a time. (You can skip this step if you have no time, but this will create the nice and thick sauce for the onions.)
- Take off the heat, add paprika and stir. (Paprika would easily burn if added over heat.)
- Add sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper, stir and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes without adding any liquid.
- Mix sour cream with flour in a bowl, add 4-5 tbsp of mushroom sauce to avoid lumps.
- Pour the sour cream mixture over the mixture, stir and let it cook for 2 minutes so the flour can thicken your mushroom paprikash.
Mushroom Goulash or Mushroom Paprikash?
I see often times this dish called mushroom goulash in English. Goulash is a thick soup, made with meat (or sometimes beans) and root vegetables. This mushroom soup doesn’t have any root vegetables and it has one ingredient that you never see in an authentic Hungarian goulash: sour cream.
So if you want to be authentic regarding Hungarian food, please note that this mushroom stew is definitely a mushroom paprikash and not a goulash.
Hungarian name: gombapaprikás.