Romani cuisine

Romani cuisine

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Romani cuisine, also known as Gypsy food, is the cuisine of the ethnic Romani people. It is influenced by European cuisine. Although, Romani people are believed to originate from India, their cookery does not incorporate any Indian or South Asian influence.


  • Overview 1
  • List of Romani dishes 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Bell peppers are a staple in Gypsy/Roma cooking.

Romani dishes are usually made hot and spicy with the use of spices, such as paprika, garlic and bell peppers. Potatoes are also a staple in their diet. A traditional Romani dessert is pirogo. The recipe consists of eggs, raisins, walnuts, pineapple, sugar, butter, egg noodles and cottage cheese.[1] Another traditional dish cooked by Romani people is sarma, salmaia or sodmay, which is made from cabbage stuffed with meat and rice.[2] Romanis consume dishes consisting of stuffed peppers, such as ardei umpluți, especially on holidays and special occasions. Romani people also cook pufe (made from fried flour), xaritsa (fried cornbread), bogacha (baked bread) and xaimoko (a meal consisting of rabbit meat). They serve their meals with kafa (coffee) and chao (tea) with sugar and milk or lemon.[3]

Romani Platni in Budapest, Hungary and Romani Kafenava in Maribor, Slovenia are some of the restaurants in Europe that serves Romani food.

List of Romani dishes

See also


  1. ^ The American Ethnic Cookbook for Students - Page 132
  2. ^ Memories of a Gypsy - Page 17
  3. ^ Gypsies: The Hidden Americans - Page 62

External links

  • Roma Cuisine - What is Gypsy food?
  • How to Eat Like a Real "Gypsy"