Nokedli (Hungarian Dumplings)

My husband is ¾ Hungarian and ¼ Polish. His mother didn’t cook Hungarian food but his grandmother did. She was a good cook. I did get to eat her food and baked goods but never this dish. My mother in law told me about it many times but she didn’t have a recipe. Well Google has hundreds of them. The best one was by No Recipes (Watch his video to see how he makes them). What a shame it took me so many years to make it. It’s such a fun and comforting recipe which requires only a few basic ingredients.

• It’s the quickest and easiest dumplings/pasta I ever made.
• I am planning to experiment with different type of gluten-free flours such as millet. I might try to develop a vegan recipe. It is going to be a challenge because the egg is what makes then light and fluffy. We’ll see. If I get good results I’ll keep you updated.
• One of my followers on instagram, who’s Hungarian, reported that she cooks the nokedlis in soups (instead of boiling them in water).  I didn’t try it but I’m planning to try it.
• You can buy a nokedli maker here. You can use a cheese grater or perforated spoon. I used the tray of the espresso machine.

Nokedli

Quick and easy to make Hungarian dumplings (dough drops) served with cooked and roasted onion and cabbage. Excellent as a main dish. Require only 6 basic ingredients.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: East European
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Author: Shelly
Cost: 5

Ingredients

  • ¼ Avocado or another vegetable oil
  • ½ medium cabbage - sliced
  • 1 large onion - sliced
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the dumplings

  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  • Warm the oil in an oven-proof large skillet*. Add the onion, cabbage, salt and a generous amount of black pepper, and mix. Saute on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add ½ cup water and bring into a boil.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. If the skillet isn’t oven proof you can transfer the cabbage and onion to a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Roast the cabbage and onion until they are brownish and caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  • To make the dumplings: whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. Add the water and salt, and whisk until combined. Add the flour gradually, whisking constantly, until the batter is smooth and runny. Thick runny, not watery, like pancake batter.
  • When you're ready to make the Nokedli, bring a large pot of water to a boil. (DON’T add salt to the water!)
  • There are a bunch of techniques to shape them. If you have a nokedli maker than great, if you don't, you need something with medium-sized holes spaced far enough apart, like a cheese grater or perforated spoon. The idea is to put a small amount of dough on it, and then use a silicone spatula to press the dough through the holes (Watch the video, link in the post). It sounds complicated but it’s easy and satisfying to see the dumplings emerge from the holes and form into pasta like drops. Do this in small batches or you will end up with some dumplings that are overcooked. When you're done adding the dumplings, give them about 30 seconds after they float to the surface to ensure they are cooked. Fish them out with a slotted spoon and put into a large bowl. Drizzle them with olive oil.
  • Put the cabbage and onion over the nokedli and toss gently to coat them. Taste and correct seasoning. Serve immediately.

Notes

* If you don’t have an a large oven-proof skillet or if it’s too big to fit in the oven you can continue to cook it on the stove until the veggies are very soft. 

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