If you don't have a noodle grater, a colander will work or you can scrape small portions of dough with a spoon or knife into the water.
Nokedli are delicious on their own with butter but are usually served with goulash, goulash soup or chicken paprikash. Here are step-by-step instructions for making nokedli. This recipe is from Zsolt Vegh of Northwest Indiana.
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs (room-temperature)
- Put a large saucepan of water on to boil. Add 2 teaspoons salt and oil to the water.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour and 1 teaspoon salt. With a wooden spoon, stir in eggs and just enough water (anywhere from 3/4 to 1 cup) to make a wet, pourable dough. Don't beat it smooth. It should look like cottage cheese.
- Let the dough rest while the water comes to a boil. The dough should be cooked in three batches.
- Lay a noodle grater over the pot of boiling water and place a portion of the dough in the square section of the grater and move it back and forth over the grater. Repeat until you have used a third of the dough. Stir the nokedli so they don't stick to the bottom of the pot.
- After the nokedli rise to the surface, cook an additional minute or so. Taste one for doneness. Using a sieve or slotted spoon, transfer the cooked nokedli to a bowl with a little vegetable oil at the bottom. Stir to coat the dumplings so they don't stick together.
- Repeat with the remaining dough in two more batches.
- Serve in soup or with stews. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen with good result.
Serve Nokedli with These Recipes
- Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe: Chicken paprika is a classic Hungarian dish that is typically served over rice, noodles or drop noodles like nokedli.
- Chicken Paprika Soup Recipe: This is a thinner version of Hungarian chicken paprikash stew (see above). It's delicious with nokedli or bread dumplings or pinched noodles known as csipetke.
- Hungarian Beef Goulash Recipe: Here's another hearty beef recipe that is stew-like and is great when accompanied by nokedli.
- Goulash Soup Recipe: This hearty Hungarian soup beef chuck roast, root vegetables, Hungarian peppers, and paprika, of course. It can be made thick like stew or more liquidy and served with nokedli.