Rácbab – Serbian bean stew

by | May 14, 2021 | Meat dishes

The Hungarian word rác is the archaic name of the Serbs who have been living in our country for centuries. Many Serbian dishes like gyuvecs, rácponty or rácbab have become a part of the Hungarian cuisine. The common feature of rác foods is that they contain onion, pepper and tomato, sour cream and ground paprika.

Rácbab is a Serbian stew made from boneless pork and cut wax beans, but it also works with chicken and green beans. The stew is thickened with flour and sour cream, and seasoned with tarragon. Rácbab is usually served with a slice of bread.

Rácbab - Serbian bean stew
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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.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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