The most beloved street and especially beach food of Hungarians is undoubtedly the delicious lángos. Although these are the two typical “habitats” of this meal, nothing stops you from preparing it in your own home in self-quarantine, or after it.
Magyarországom reported that lángos is an essential part of Hungarian gastronomy, which could not exist without it. Some say that lángos became a part of Hungary during the Turkish regime which lasted for 150 years, but some mention ancient Roman roots to this meal. Lángos can be prepared at home, but it is mostly sold on the streets and at Hungarian beaches and swimming pools, like Lakes Balaton and Velence, and even at our most famous baths, such as Széchenyi, Palatinus, Gellért, and many others all across the country.
Lángos can be served in many ways, with cheese, sour cream, onions, bacon, cottage cheese, but some even put sausages on it. It is made with fat and fried in oil.
Not only Hungary sells or prepares this meal but also some parts of Austria (towns and cities close to the Hungarian border), and even the Czech Republic can surprise us with selling lángos on their streets.
What do you need to make the perfect home-made lángos?
Mix the flour, yeast, oil, and eggs with some warmed kefir, then add the salt and additional spices if you would like to. Add some water to it and then slowly the milk, and start to make it into dough. After this, put it in a bag and make small holes on it from beneath with a fork. Choose a kitchen plate twice as big as the dough, put some oil in it, and place the dough into it. Leave it in the fridge for two days.
After two days, the lángos is ready to be fried. Cut it into small pieces and roll them on a floured surface with a rolling pin to flatten and stretch them into 1-2 cm thick discs. Place them in a generous amount of hot oil and fry them first on one side and then on the other. Place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil. Finally, add the toppings you would like to see on your home-made, perfect Hungarian lángos.
Enjoy your lángos!
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