Hungarian semolina dumpling soup recipe, Grízgaluska leves

Hungarian semolina dumpling soup is one of the our favorite Sunday soups. The dumplings are floating in a bowl of homemade chicken, beef or vegetable soup. Making those fluffy dumplings is always a challenge, you have to figure out the right egg-semolina ratio, find the fine balance in order to make soft, but yet stable dumplings. If the mixture is too wet, the dumplings will fall apart while simmering. If you add too much semolina, your dumplings will be stony.Tip 1. Do not whisk the egg and make it foamy. Just gently stir.
Tip 2. Do not add salt to the mixture, it will make your dumplings firm. Add salt to the water that you boil the dumplings in.
Tip 3. For a medium egg (around 5 grams) you add 5 grams of semolina.

I cooked this soup with chicken breast fillet, you can also use other chicken parts with bones, the cooking time will be longer then. Or you can make it without meat.
What type of semolina to use: in Hungary we use coarse ground wheat farina (farina meal), white-beige in color, we also call it Gríz. That is why it is called ‘grízgaluska’ soup. Galuska means dumpling.

Hungarian semolina dumpling soup recipe, Grízgaluska leves


  • 150 grams (5.3 ounces) of chicken breast fillet
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of green peas
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 parsley root, peeled and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • Bunch of parsley
  • Half of a medium kohlrabi
  • 6-8 Brussels sprouts,cut in half
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of semolina
  • 1 flat tablespoon of salt

Serves 4.


  • Heat a little oil in a soup pot.
  • If you make it with meat, add it now, season with salt and ground black pepper. Stir constantly for about 3 minutes or until the meat has been seared on all sides.
  • Add the whole peeled onion, the carrots, the parsley roots (or parsnips), the cubed kohlrabies, the green peas and the Brussel sprouts. Add 1,5 liters of water, salt to taste and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  • In the meantime, you have to prepare the semolina dumplings.
  • In a bowl mix 2 whole eggs with 100 grams of semolina. Do not whisk the eggs, just stir gently. Do not add any salt to the mixture. Put it in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes, the semolina will absorb some moisture, the batter will get thicker.

Semolina dumpling

  • In a larger pot heat 1 liter of water, add 1 level tablespoon of salt, bring it to a boil.


  • How to shape the dumplings: form small, ellipse-shaped dumplings using two tablespoons. Here is a short video, it helps you to make them. Drop the dumplings in the boiling water and simmer for about 10 minutes. They will double in size. Remove, place them onto a plate, and serve in the hot soup.