Mulgikapsad is a very popular dish all over Estonia. Kapsad means cabbage and Mulgi is the name of the Estonian province in which the dish originated. A delicious one-dish meal, it requires almost no preparation. Serves four


  • 1 kg sauerkraut ( from a jar )
  • half a cup of barley grouts ( or buckwheat groats)
  • 500g bacon or lean fresh pork
  • 2 onions
  • I bay leaf
  • salt, sugar, water


  1. Dice the onions and fry them with a little fat or oil in a medium stock pot.
  2. Add the diced bacon and fry till cooked through (the onion will soften significantly).
  3. Add the sauerkraut and bay leaf to the pa.
  4. Add water till just covered stirring to deglaze the bottom of the pa.
  5. Add barley and bring to a boil.
  6. Cover and stew it under the lid for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Make sure the water doesn’t boil off, keep adding a little if necessary.
  8. Add salt and sugar to taste.