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Information about  Bulgarian Karvarma Recipe



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Karvarma is a basically a slow-cooked stew containing chopped meat and vegetables. A popular and good representation of Bulgarian cuisine, some consider it one of Bulgaria’s National dishes.  The ingredients change according to what is available, however the basis remains the same,  so why not create your Karvarma. Below is a  traditional recipe to get you started: you can substitute beef or veal in this particular recipe.




Karvarma Recipe      HT   MC   Bulgarian   150mins


Serves 4   Hot  Pork  Main Course  Gluten Wheat Dairy free  Eggless  Bulgaria  Europe



3 tbsp Lard or Oil

675g/1 ˝ lb Pork (leg or fillet), cubed

4 Leeks, thinly sliced

1  Large Onion, chopped

1 tbsp Tomato Paste

1 teasp Paprika

Salt and Black Pepper

120ml/4fl.oz Water

120ml/4fl.oz. Dry Wine

Freshly chopped parsley to serve




1. Heat the lard or oil in a large saucepan, add the meat and brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.


2. Re-heat the fat then add the leeks and onions and sauté, stirring for 5 minutes.


3. Add the  tomato paste, paprika, salt, pepper, water, wine and the browned meat , mix well and bring to the boil.


4. Reduce the heat to very low, cover and cook very gently for  2 hours.


Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.


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