Sweet millet dumplings – Kölesgombóc

by | May 13, 2022 | Desserts

Millet (köles) was grown in the Kingdom of Hungary for centuries, it was an important food of everyday diet in the Middle Ages until its cultivation was pushed into the background by wheat and potato in the 19th century. After many decades of neglect millet was rediscovered a few years ago, traditionalism and fast-spreading gluten intolerance have brought this grain into vogue again in Hungary.

Today millet is often used as a vegan and gluten-free alternative to many foods like cereals or cottage cheese. Sweet millet dumplings can be a tasteful subtitute for cottage cheese dumplings. Though the recipe below contains milk and butter, it can be easily transformed into a vegan dish by using plant-based milk and margarine or coconut oil.

Sweet millet dumplings - Kölesgombóc
Sweet millet dumplings – Kölesgombóc – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

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