Banski Chomlek is one of the most delicious meals in the Bulgarian cuisine and it is prepared from pork or veal, or meat in combination with a knuckle. The dish has a long tradition for centuries and originate from a small city in Bulgaria called Bansko and it is popular dish for festive dinners on various occasions.

Banski Chomlek

Banski Chomlek is a local cuisine originated from Bansko and Dobrinishte and it is based on old recipe.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: onion, potatoes, veal


  • 1.5 kg onion
  • 2 kg veal shank
  • 1.5 kg potatoes
  • 1 garlic
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 20 pcs black pepper
  • 3 grains allspice
  • 2 cup white wine
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • Salt


  • prepare the potatoes - peel and cut the potatoes in big pieces.
  • Transfer half of the potatoes to the bottom of an clay pot.
  • Cover the potatoes with half of the onions and arrange the sliced ​​veal shank. Then add the rest of the potatoes and onions on top of the shank.
  • Add the spices black pepper, bay leaf, and allspice grains.
  • Add the 2 cups white wine into the pot, add the whole cloves of garlic and pour water to the middle of the pot.
  • Last step is to add the oil and cover clay pot with aluminum foil and then place the lid on top.
  • Heat the oven to max temperature and bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 180 degrees and bake for about 3.5 hours.

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