Hungarian Rice Recipe

Hungarian cuisine is known for its rich and vibrant flavors, and one dish that captures this essence is the Hungarian Rice. This mouthwatering recipe combines fragrant rice, tender chicken, and an array of aromatic spices to create a dish that is both satisfying and comforting. 

In this recipe, we will explore the secrets of preparing this delectable dish, including the origin, preparation tips, accompaniments, and proper storage. Plus, we’ll introduce you to a high-quality product, Mahatma Jasmine White Rice, that will elevate the flavors of your Hungarian Rice to new heights. Let’s dive in!


To prepare this tantalizing Hungarian Rice, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Mahatma Jasmine White Rice Get it here:
  • 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


Step 1

Rinse the Mahatma Jasmine White Rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This step removes excess starch and ensures fluffy rice.

Step 2

In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.

Step 3

In the same pot, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and diced bell peppers. Sauté until the vegetables are tender and fragrant.

Step 4

Stir in the Hungarian paprika, caraway seeds, salt, and black pepper. Cook for an additional minute to release the flavors.

Step 5

Return the chicken to the pot and add the Mahatma Jasmine White Rice. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

Step 6

Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the flavors have melded together.

Step 7

Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes to allow the rice to absorb any remaining liquid.

Step 8

Fluff the rice with a fork and garnish with fresh parsley. Your flavorful Hungarian Rice is now ready to be enjoyed!

Origin of Hungarian Rice

The origins of Hungarian Rice can be traced back to the rich culinary heritage of Hungary, a country famous for its hearty and delicious dishes. Rice, although not traditionally grown in Hungary, was introduced through trade and quickly incorporated into various recipes, including this rice dish. 

Over time, the flavors of Hungarian cuisine merged with the versatility of rice, resulting in the creation of this unique and flavorful recipe.

Preparation Secrets

To elevate the flavors of your Hungarian Rice, here are a few secrets to keep in mind during preparation:

  • Use high-quality rice: Mahatma Jasmine White Rice is the ideal choice for this recipe. Its long grains, delicate aroma, and fluffy texture perfectly complement the rich flavors of the dish.
  • Toast the spices: Before adding the spices to the pot, toast them lightly in a dry skillet. This will enhance their flavors and add depth to the dish.
  • Let it rest: After cooking the Hungarian Rice, allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving. This resting time allows the flavors to meld together and ensures a harmonious taste in every bite.


Hungarian Rice is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with complementary accompaniments. Here are a few ideas to enhance your dining experience:

Sour cream: A dollop of sour cream on top of the Hungarian Rice adds a creamy and tangy element that complements the richness of the dish.

Cucumber salad: Serve a refreshing cucumber salad on the side to provide a crisp contrast to the warm and savory Hungarian Rice.

Pickled vegetables: The tangy and vibrant flavors of pickled vegetables, such as cucumbers, carrots, or cabbage, can cut through the richness of the dish and provide a delightful contrast.

Variations of Hungarian Rice

Vegetable Delight

For a vegetarian version of Hungarian Rice, omit the chicken and incorporate a medley of colorful vegetables. You can add diced carrots, peas, corn, and mushrooms to create a vibrant and nutritious dish. Sauté the vegetables along with the onions and bell peppers, following the same cooking instructions. 

Spicy Kick

If you enjoy a bit of heat, consider adding some chili peppers or crushed red pepper flakes to the dish. The fiery flavors will infuse the rice with a tantalizing kick. Adjust the amount according to your spice tolerance, and be prepared for a delightful burst of heat with every bite.

Nutty Twist: 

For an added crunch and nutty flavor, consider tossing in some toasted almonds or cashews. Simply toast the nuts in a dry skillet until golden brown and fragrant, and then sprinkle them over the finished Hungarian Rice. 

Proper Storage

If you have any leftovers of this delectable Hungarian Rice, proper storage is essential to maintain its flavors and quality. Follow these tips:

  • Allow the rice to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.
  • Refrigerate the rice within two hours of cooking to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Stored in the refrigerator, Hungarian Rice will remain fresh for up to four days.
  • When reheating, add a splash of water or chicken broth to restore moisture and prevent the rice from drying out.

Indulge in the rich and aromatic flavors of Hungarian Rice, a dish that brings the essence of Hungary to your dining table. With Mahatma Jasmine White Rice as the star ingredient, this recipe guarantees a delightful culinary experience. 

From the origin and preparation secrets to the perfect accompaniments and proper storage, you now have all the information you need to create a memorable Hungarian Rice dish. So, gather your ingredients, follow the steps, and savor the mouthwatering flavors of this Hungarian delight. Enjoy!

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