[Recipe] Dracula’s ‘Paprika Hendl’

[Recipe] Dracula’s ‘Paprika Hendl’

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Genres: Classic, Fantasy


I am currently reading Dracula and let me say, first of all, that I love it! I have no idea what I was expecting but I am really enjoying it.

Dracula is part of the reading for the Sci-fi & Fantasy MOOC. One of the other students was kind enough to share a Dracula-related recipe in the discussion forums, for paprika hendl! It’s the first dish Jonathan Harker mentions in his diary.

I love cooking and this dish sounded amazing, so I had to try it right away (also convenient because I had no idea what to make for dinner but had half of the ingredients already laying around).

The recipe is simple and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Also, it has garlic, so it will keep the Count away.

Recipe: Paprika Hendl

Jonathan Harker's diaryOriginal recipe is found on Cook on a Shoestring!


  • 400 gr chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 Chopped onions
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic (I love garlic so I used 5 cloves)
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika (I used fresh normal paprika)
  • 1/2 Cup of tomato juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 Cup of sour cream


  1. Cut chicken into serving-size pieces. (I cut it into bite-size pieces)
  2. In a large pot, lightly saute chopped onions in oil until brown.
  3. Blend half of your paprika with your onions.
  4. Add tomato juice, garlic, and raw chicken to the mix.
  5. Cover the pot, and let it simmer on low heat for 1 hour. (It’s going to smell sooooo nice!)
  6. (Lazy version:) Thoroughly blend in remaining paprika, flour and sour cream.
  7. Simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
  8. Serve with rice or noodles.

And here’s the result!
Paprika hendl

I made it with rice, resulting in a sort of curry. Also, pro-tip: it freezes well, so I made a huge amount and froze four portions (minus the rice) for future lazy moments.

Paprika hendl

6 thoughts on “[Recipe] Dracula’s ‘Paprika Hendl’

  1. That cover! Gorgeous~ Paprika Hendl is actually a Hungarian (or maybe Romanian?) dish and while I’m not a huge fan of it, my dad likes it alright so mom makes it at least once a month 🙂

    I have yet to read Dracula (I KNOW!), but I’ll definitely get to it… at some point. Btw, how is the course going?
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    1. I couldn’t quite figure out where exactly the dish is from but yep, definitely somewhere in those regions 🙂 I still have to perfect mine (I think I’m probably making some mistakes haha).

      Dracula was enjoyable! And so is the course, although a bit tough at times (lots of reading and then have to write something sensible lol)

    1. Lucky!
      When I was in Prague we also left the city for a bit and had a really good (local?) dish… I can’t remember what it was called but it was so tasty. For the food alone I’d love to visit the Czech Republic again!

    1. Ohh I hope you’ll do that! I love cooking and I’ll try to post some more bookish recipes in the future (probably mostly based on what I’m reading at that moment) 🙂

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