Ghiveci---Romanian Vegetable Stew

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is my favorite Romanian dish. It is popular in summer and during Ortodox lent, when hen you can't eat meat. The recipe can vary a the late summer people put in eggplant sometimes, in the earlier summer zucchini. Use what is best for the season. Make sure to follow the cooking order so that nothing gets too mushy. Serve this with rice. Some people even add a bit of rice towards the end of the cooking time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large stewpot or Dutch oven.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, and peppers. Saute over medium heat until onions are transparent. (About 5 minutes).
  3. Add garlic, potatoes, and cabbage. If using kohlrabi add it now. Saute for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add water and tomatoes, salt and pepper, and thyme and paprika. Bring to a boil.
  5. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are almost tender.
  6. Add the other optional veggies (eggplant etc.) of your choice. Return to a boil, cover and simmer.
  7. Simmer, covered for about 20 more minutes or until the vegetables are soft and flavors have blended.
  8. Add frozen peas, fresh herbs, and lemon juice. Cook for five minutes with the cover on.
  9. Serve hot with rice. This is a treat!
Most Helpful

I love how this recipe uses a variety of vegetables. It was a little bland for my family, but we also eat thai chili peppers raw so I kicked it up a bit with cayenne and drizzled a little olive oil over it. Very nice. My kids even loved eating all of the vegetables in this dish. Thanks for posting. I'll definitely make this again.

Jacqueline Michelle October 04, 2008

We liked this. It needed a bit more spicing up for our tastes, but the combination of herbs plus lemon was a nice change. It is a good way to use up leftover winter vegetables. I will make this again.
Update to review: I served the leftovers last night, having added some tomato sauce, as reviewers suggested, and some additional herbs and lemon. With those changes DH said "I could eat this 3 times a week." So I guess I will be making this again!

alvinakatz January 22, 2013

I thought this was okay. Nothing special. I subbed turnip for kohlrabi. I also used the eggplant and the zucchini, and threw in a small amount of tomato sauce. I'll have to try the cayenne suggested by another reviewer. Also, if this makes six servings, they must be giant servings! I could have fed at least 12 people.

windhorse23 April 23, 2010