Creamy Chickpea & Mushroom Goulash


When I visited Budapest a few years ago, one of my favourite dishes we got to try was a traditional Hungarian goulash. I decided this week to change things up from my usual one-pot curry or chili that I cook – so a vegetarian version of a goulash was the result! This is a very tasty and warming stew-style dish with chickpeas and three different veggies, spiced with paprika and parsley. Yum!


Recipe (Serves 3-4)


  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil or olive oil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 green pepper, de-seeded, core removed and sliced into bitesize chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced into coins, then coins halved
  • 200g of button mushrooms, de-stemmed and sliced
  • 1 400ml tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 200ml of water or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200g of soy yoghurt (you could use natural yoghurt or soured cream either)


  1. Prepare your garlic and veggies (wash the veggies too!), and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot on a medium heat on the hob/stove, then add the garlic and onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes to sweat the onions.
  3. Add the carrots, peppers and mushrooms, and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the paprika, and stir to coat the veggies in it.
  5. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and water. Stir to combine everything.
  6. Add the chickpeas and stir again.
  7. Add the leaves of the parsley, and stir them in.
  8. Nearly there! Finally, add the yoghurt again, stir.
  9. Bring the goulash to the boil, then turn the heat all the way down to a simmer.
  10. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure its not sticking at the bottom of the pot.
  11. You can cook your side dish of choice during this time – this is lovely with roast or boiled potatoes (regular or sweet potato!), pasta, or a grain of choice like quinoa or brown rice!

Enjoy guys! As always, tag me if you try this one out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara 🙂 x

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