If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night with a hankering for a snack then you know that it’s a challenge to find something you want to eat. So rather than stand in front of the open fridge for 20 minutes next time, make these simple Hungarian egg dumplings instead.
What if we told you you could make a delicious snack with just flour and eggs? That’s essentially what these delicious dumplings called ‘tojásos nokedli’ are made of. They’re usually served with seasoned lettuce leaves and come from Hungaria where they’re eaten in almost every home and are considered a classic comfort food, especially for kids.
It’s said that it came about in the 15th century when King Mathias Corvinus’ wife, Beatrice of Naples, brought the concept of dumplings to Hungary after trying Italian gnocchi, without boiled potatoes. The more likely journey of the dish though is through Austria during the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
This dish was a staple for leaner times when a hearty, healthy meal was needed but ingredients were hard to come by. Over time it has ingrained itself as so much more than that though and become a beloved part of Hungarian food traditions.