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Authentic Recipe of Zoldborsofozelek. Traditional Hungarian Pea Pottage.

This pea pottage recipe is from a Hungarian grandmother’s recipe book. Prepare Zoldborsofozelek in a few minutes and enjoy it as a side or main dish.

Things to know about Zoldborsofozelek Recipe

“Zoldborsofozelek,” many people call it a stew, but to be more exact, it’s a pottage. It can be served as a main or as a side dish. In Hungarian, people call it “főzelék.” It’s one of the most essential and characteristic traditional dishes of the Hungarian kitchen.

It can be cooked with many different vegetables. Usually, it’s prepared with peas, spinach, or potatoes. They also use sour cream or a specific mixture of milk and flour to thicken the pottage.

We have chosen the pea variation for today’s recipe, an old favorite for children and vegetarians because of its lightness and healthy ingredients such as vegetables and dairy products; it also takes only a few ingredients and a few minutes to prepare.

It has been a famous Hungarian traditional dish in Hungary since the 16th century; the origin of this dish is unfortunately unknown.

Appetizing Original Hungarian Pea Pottage. Traditional Recipe of Zoldborsofozelek.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Klasszikus Magyar Zöldborsófőzelék
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Main Cooking Method Stewing
Occasional Cooking Kids Enjoy Eating Recipes


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 377 kcal


  • 1000 grams (2.2 lb) Garden Peas – Sweet Peas – English Peas – Green Peas
  • 4 tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 1 pinch White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour – Plain Flour
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  • Wash the peas, then put them in a stainless steel skillet with sunflower oil, water, sugar, and salt.
  • Cover the skillet and cook them for a few minutes until the peas are soft.
  • While you're waiting for your peas to be ready, it's time to prepare the thickening agent. Grab a small mixing bowl and whisk together the all-purpose flour and the milk.
  • Once you're ready with the mixture and the peas are softened, pour the mixture slowly into the skillet onto the peas and mix them with a spatula, let them cook for a few seconds, then turn off the heat, and your pea pottage is ready to be served.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Healthy Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Seasonal Cooking Winter Recipes


Calories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 16gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 51mgPotassium: 706mgFiber: 14gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 2011IUVitamin C: 100mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Klasszikus Magyar Zöldborsófőzelék Recipe, Original Hungarian Pea Pottage
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What to serve with Zoldborsofozelek?

You can serve your pea pottage with hot meatballs, sausages, fried sausages, or cooked eggs.

Variations of Zoldborsofozelek

This recipe can be prepared with many different vegetables such as spinach, potatoes, and other vegetables, not only with peas.

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