Goulash (Hungarian: gulyás) is a soup or stew of meat, noodles and vegetables (especially potato), seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating in Hungary, goulash is also a popular meal in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and some regions of Italy.
Etymology: The name originates from the Hungarian gulyás, pronounced yuja. The word gulya means ‘herd of cattle’ in Hungarian, and gulyás means ‘herdsman’. The word gulyás originally meant only “herdsman,” but over time the dish became gulyáshús (goulash meat) – that is to say, a meat dish which was prepared by herdsmen.
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