Lecsó (Lecho), Hungarian Tomato-Pepper Stew for ecoTrain Simple Vegan Cooking On A Budget Month

in ecoTrain2 months ago

This recipe I'm sharing today is a traditional Hungarian recipe. It's my contribution to ecoTrain Simple Vegan Cooking On A Budget Month as it's vegan and budget friendly as well. I've been sharing recipes for a long time, mostly to show you some of out traditional dishes but also to encourage others to start to cook, and eat healthy.

Lockdown came as a shock for many, especially for those who were used to order in or buy takeaway food as most of the restaurants and food shops were closed. My mission is to show you, you can cook easy and healthy meals at home with a little effort. You can eat healthy and save money as well. This dish is one of those you can cook at home in a relatively short time.


Lecsó is a thick vegetable stew that you can make all year round. I prefer it during summer, when we have the vegetables in the garden though. Just like any other dish, it has endless variations. I'm going to show you mine.

Ingredients for 4:

  • 2 peppers (one red, one green),
  • 1 big onion,
  • 2 garlic cloves,
  • 4 medium tomatoes,
  • 3 medium potatoes,
  • 4 - 5 tbsp uncooked rice,
  • 1 tsp salt,
  • 1 tsp ground paprika,
  • 2 tbsp olive oil.

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If you don't have two types of pepper, you can use whatever kind you have. I like to mix them as it gives the dish a richer flavor, just as the onions. In this case I used one type of onion as it was already big enough, two would have been too much.



Heat the oil in the pen, add the onion, pepper, salt and sauté for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 5 minutes.


This is necessary for the vegetable to become more tender.


Add the potatoes, water to cover, ground paprika, cover and cook till the vegetables are tender.


Separately cook the rice or if you are used precooked rice, you can skip this step.


When the potato is almost cooked, add the tomatoes and cook for another 10 - 15 minutes.


Finally add the rice and cook for 5 more minutes. Add salt or any spice you think it's necessary. Serve while still hot.


Transformation Over The Years

Over the years this recipe has suffered some transformations and today you may be surprised how many varieties are served. You can find lecsó with sausage, bacon or with schnitzel. This is a vegan cooking contest, so my recipe is pure vegan but it would be vegan without the contest anyway.

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Thank you for sharing such a lovely sounding recipe that I can try making for my whole family. I am a vegetarian who eats an almost vegan diet anyway because when a convenient vegan option exists I choose it anyway and I take my coffee black as I have not touched milk in over a decade.

My youngest Daughter is fully vegan so to find this recipe that will be delightful on the cold Winter evenings that are coming soon to England is a bonus. Like I said, it's a recipe we can all enjoy at mealtime is cool too.

I came to checkout your blog as I have become aware recently that you are a fabulous engager, I see you are also fabulous at sharing awesome recipes too.

I will let you know when I have tried this recipe myself. I am sure your Dad would need 2 portions to make sure he knows if he likes it or not, I know I would haha :D

Lol, you are funny, you made me smile 😁
Thanks for the nice words, unfortunately I'm not a good engager anymore as I'm quite busy these days but I'm doing what I can.
I'm glad you like the recipe, that's why I'm sharing these recipes, I'm hoping others may like it too and help them have a better variety to choose from.
Have a nice day and stay safe!


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Such a colourful dish... just how I like it. 😋
Nice recipe!

Thank you my friend! It is colorful indeed, just like summer 😊


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Ooh yum, you know I always love your easy and delicious recipes like this one! Can't go wrong with a good stew. I just used rice in my soup yesterday, but seem to often forget how much I like it in soups and stews. Plus it's an ingredient you can get inexpensively almost anywhere!

You're so right! These are very simple recipes for everyone, including those who have no cooking skills.
Rice is great in everything, I always have some in my storage room.


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This looks really delicious! It's definitely a recipe I'm looking forward to right now! It looks extremely easy, it's what I like best!

Thanks for posting great content to the ecoTrain community! We support content about sustainable living and building to help make this world a better place

My pleasure to share what I know about cooking and help others with it.
Thank you for the support!


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