Prekmurska Bujta Repa | Sour Turnip, Pork and Millet

Bujta repa is a one pot dish, typically enjoyed during the winter months around 'koline'. 'Koline' are an important part of the culinary culture in Slovenia. This is a tradition of slaughtering a pig, and then we obtain the pig meat and meat products to use in various dishes. The pork meat is used in dishes like this Prekmurska Bujta Repa and of course our delicious Slovenian Homemade Sausages, and several other dishes.

Step by Step instructions here:


  • 1-1.5kg Pork shoulder, including bones
  • 1 jar (1 litre) Pickled Grated Turnip
  • 1/3 cup uncooked millet 
  • 2 x small onions, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 x dried bay leaves
  • about 1 litre of water, plus 1 cup of water for 'roux'
  • 2 Tbsp's homemade lard, butter, oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp's flour
  • 2 Tbsp's paprika
  • salt, pepper to taste, *1/2 chicken cube (optional)
    1. Place 1 litre jar of pickled grated turnip into a large pot, including the juices in the jar.
    2. Add the cut up pieces of pork pieces over top of the turnip, including the bones and the 2 bay leaves.
    3. Cover the turnip and meat with about 1 litre of water. Cover pot slightly, cook and boil for about 45-60 minutes. 
    4. After cooking the turnip, add the 1/3 cup of uncooked millet. Sprinkle on top, trying to not allow the millet to reach the bottom of the pot to avoid it from sticking to the bottom of the pot during the cooking process. Cook the millet for around 20-30 minutes to allow to fully cook.
    5. In a frying pan, add 2 Tbsp's homemade lard (or butter or oil). Add the diced onions and 2 1/2 Tablespoons of flour.  Add in the 2-3 minced garlic cloves.
    6. Fry together until onions start to get lightly browned, and it starts to thicken, then sprinkle in 2 tsp's of paprika.
    7. Once its all nicely combined, pour in about 1 cup of water. Mix well to get a nice 'roux mixture'..
    8. Add the 'roux' to the 'Bujta Repa' hot pot.
    9. Last add in the spices: 1 tsp marjoram, salt & pepper to taste. (*optional: add in 1/2 chicken bouillon cube)

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Michelle Pušič Ryall XO

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