Pea and Potato Stew with Dumplings (vegetarian) / Varivo od graška i krumpira sa noklicama (vegetarijansko)

Dishes like this always catapult me back to my childhood. My Grandma would make stews like this one probably at least once a week. The vegetable combo would vary, but dumplings were omnipresent. Dumplings require a tiny bit of patience, but are super easy to make and require only a few staple ingredients.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.70 EUR per serving / 4.20 EUR for all)

For the stew:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

2 onions (0.20 EUR)

6 garlic cloves (0.20 EUR)

2 chili peppers (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp smoked paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp garlic powder (0.07 EUR)

2 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

2 bay leaves (0.03 EUR)

2 parsley roots (0.27 EUR)

6 carrots (0.60 EUR)

6 potatoes (0.67 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

Handful of fresh parsley leaves (0.27 EUR)

6 cups water (–)

4 cups frozen peas (0.80 EUR)

For the dumplings:

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

6 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.04 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

Optional:

2 tbsp corn starch (0.04 EUR)

1 cup water (–)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and chop up all of the vegetables. Add the oil to a deep pot, then sauté the onion for a few minutes until slightly translucent. Add in minced garlic, chili peppers, smoked and Hungarian paprika, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and bay leaves. Stir for a minute so the spices become fragrant before adding in parsley roots, carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, parsley leaves and water, then bring to a boil.

Once the stew reaches a rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes with a lid cracked open. Stir in frozen peas and cook for additional 10 minutes until the peas are done.

While you are waiting for the peas to cook, prepare the dumplings by whisking together the egg, flour, salt and pepper in a small bowl. The mixture should be quite thick and completely smooth. If needed, you can add in a teaspoon of water or a bit more flour. Then grab a teaspoon and scoop the dumplings into the stew, one at a time. They are done when they start floating, which takes about a minute or two.

If the stew seems too watery, you can thicken it up with corn starch. In a small bowl, whisk corn starch with water until completely dissolved. Stir the dissolved corn starch into the stew and cook for another minute. Serve warm or portion out for later, as this reheats great.

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Ovakva me jela uvijek katapultiraju u djetinstvo jer bi moja baka barem jednom tjedno kuhala slična variva. Kombinacija povrća bi stalno varirala, ali noklice su bile sveprisutne. Za noklice vam jedino treba mrvica strpljenja, ali inače ih je stvarno jednostavno pripremiti od sastojaka koje manje-više svi uvijek imamo doma.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 5,25 kn po porciji / 31,48 kn za sve)

Za varivo:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

2 luka (1,50 kn)

6 češnjeva češnjaka (1,50 kn)

2 čili papričice (2,00 kn)

1 žličica dimljene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica češnjaka u prahu (0,50 kn)

2 žličice soli (0,02 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

2 lovorova lista (0,20 kn)

2 korijena peršina (2,00 kn)

6 mrkvi (4,50 kn)

6 krumpira (5,00 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (2,00 kn)

Veliki pregršt svježeg peršina (2,00 kn)

6 šalica vode (–)

4 šalice smrznutog graška (6,00 kn)

Za noklice:

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

6 žlica glatkog brašna (0,30 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

Dodatno po izboru:

2 žlice kukuruznog škroba (0,60 kn)

1 šalica vode (–)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i narežite svo povrće. U duboki lonac stavite ulje pa par minuta dinstajte luk, sve dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite sjeckani češnjak, čili, dimljenu i slatku papriku, češnjak u prahu, sol, papar i lovor. Promiješaje i kuhajte minutu da začini zamiriše prije nego dodate korijen peršina, mrkve, krumpire, koncentrat rajčice, peršinov list i vodu. Pustite da zavrije.

Kada varivo zakipi smanjite vatru i kuhajte 15-tak minuta sa odškrinutim poklopcem. Umiješajte smrznuti grašak te kuhajte još deset minuta dok grašak ne bude gotov.

Dok čekate da se grašak skuha pripremite noklice. U zdjelici razmutite jaje, brašno, sol i papar. Smjesa teba biti dosta gusta i skroz glatka, a prema potrebi možete dodati žličicu vode ili još malo brašna. Onda malom žličicom grabite tijesto i noklice jednu po jednu spuštajte u varivo. Noklice su gotove kada isplivaju, a za to im treba minuta-dvije.

Ako vam se varivo čini prerijetko, možete ga dodatno zgusnuti sa kukuruznim škrobom. U zdjelici sa vodom rastopite kukuruzni škrob i onda tu smjesu umiješajte u varivo i kuhajte još minutu. Varivo poslužite toplo ili si ga rasporedite za kasnije jer se super podgrijava.

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Pea and Potato Stew with Dumplings (vegetarian) / Varivo od graška i krumpira sa noklicama (vegetarijansko)

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