Oma’s “Pumble and Knockle”

Years ago when I first started cooking, I asked my friend Alex what his favourite dish was. He said it was a traditional Hungarian dish that his Oma (grandmother) would often make for him called “Pumble and Knockle” (we’re not sure if this is actually how the name of the dish is spelt, but its his closest guess). I tried to get the recipe off of him, but he says Oma doesn’t write down recipes and just makes it from scratch. I asked him to watch his Oma in the kitchen next time she makes it and take notes for me. It took a few years, but he has finally sent me the recipe! Some of the amounts aren’t exact so I had to guesstimate a little. I’ve never actually tasted this dish. I was going to wait until I got back to Canada to make it with Alex so he can judge how accurate I am with the recipe, but I was just too impatient and excited for this recipe and made it anyway. I must say, without having ever tasted this dish, it turned out pretty good to me! I’ll just have to wait until I meet up with Alex again for the real taste test.

Servings: 2
Total preparation and cooking time: 50 minutes


  • 2 potatoes (peeled & sliced thinly into rectangles)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 slices of bread, cut into small pieces
  • 30g salted butter


  1. In a pan on medium heat, cook the onion for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown.
  2. While the onion is cooking, in a separate bowl, make the dough by combining the flour and water. Lightly knead into a ball. (You can add more water or flour if your dough is too sticky or too dry. Look at the pictures to check your consistency).
  3. Add potatoes to the onion pan. Season with paprika and salt. Cook until done (~ 10 minutes).
  4. While the potatoes cook, boil a pot of water and tear off small pieces of dough into the boiling water. The dough will be almost ready when it floats to the top. Taste to see if they’re cooked. Once they’re ready, remove them from the pot and strain them. Set aside.
  5. In a pan, melt the butter and add the bread pieces to it. Stir for a few minutes until the bread soaks up the butter.
  6. Add the cooked dough, potatoes and onions into the bread pan. Stir for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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