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Gourmet Djuvech

Updated: May 3

  • Traditional Serbian djuvech in gourmet style, made with chicken, rice, peppers, and vegetables. Extremely tasty and a great meal for the whole family! Follow recipe.

Ingredients: simple, total time: 90 min. 6 servings
  • 6 red fresh peppers/cleaned of seeds and roasted

  • 2 carrots/ into rings or cubes

  • 1/2 stalk of celery/ chopped

  • 1 parsnip/ chopped

  • 3 tomatoes/ diced and peeled

  • 100 g green beans/ cut in half

  • 2–3 medium potatoes/ diced

  • 600 g chicken meat/ diced/small drumsticks, white meat cubes

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 100 ml tomatoes paste

  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil EVO

  • 200 ml of rice

  • herbal dry spice- Vegeta

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1 big onion/ chopped

  • 600 ml water or as needed/ or vegetable or chicken broth

  • a larger terracotta vessel/ about 25-30 cm deep or baking dish 35x30 cm

  • 2 bay leafs

  • 1 teaspoon of red ground pepper

  • small eggplant/ diced/optional

  • peppercorns/ optional

  • fresh parsley/ finely chopped-optional

Preparation:
  1. Prepare all the vegetables and cut the meat as described above.

  2. Peel the roasted peppers from the shell and put the remaining seeds aside.

  3. In a deep pan put the chopped onion in olive oil, fry for about 3–4 minutes. When the onion has softened and turned yellowish, add the prepared meat stew until it gets a golden brown color. Cook on moderate heat, and cover. After that, add all the prepared vegetables, bey leafs except tomatoes, tomato paste and rice.

  4. When the vegetables have a little softened, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, rice and red ground pepper, cook for about 15 minutes. Cut the roasted peppers in half if they are larger pieces Season and stir, if necessary add 200 ml of water. Cook another 15 minutes over low heat. Add another 400 ml of water, chopped parsley and stir the ingredients.

  5. Once again, check the taste of the dish and add spices if necessary. Transfer the ingredients to a terracotta dish and bake at 180 °C for about 35 minutes. If your oven works harder, cover the pan with aluminum foil.

  6. You can use a square pan or a glass ovenproof dish. When the finished dish has cooled down, cut it into portions. Enjoy in bites!

NOTE:

  • I have fried the chicken meat in olive oil for about 12 minutes on each side, turning it regularly after 6 minutes of frying. After that, I added it to the pot with the vegetables. For me, it is even tastier and more beautiful!

  • If you are using broth, then do not add the Vegeta dry seasoning and too much salt! Check the food and add to taste.

  • In some stores, you can already find ready-frozen made packages for djuvech. Buy 2 packages, so if you have some left over, it's not a big deal, you can use it for soups or some stews. Instead of chicken meat, you can use beef and pork thigh meat where there is not a lot of fat, cut into cubes as desired!


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