lutenica, home made!

Here we go! The best lutenica recipe ever. This is my mom’s secret recipe and it took me lots of talking to get it from her :)
There were a lot of “Why you need it? You are gonna post it on the internet, why?! You don’t have to make it, you know I already did it!”
– Yeah, mom, I know! But it’s the best lutenica recipe ever. And trust me I’ve tried lots of lutenica in the last couple of years… and your’s is the best…

Now, the quantity of the ingredients might look a little bit shocking at first, but the idea is to make it once and eat it the whole year. The preparation is really time consuming, so I don’t think making only 1 jar of it makes sense. The recipe makes exactly 12 jars, 350 gr. each or totally 4,2 kg of lutenica.

  • 6 kg red peppers
  • 1 kg tomato puree
  • 1 kg carrots
  • 1,5 kg aubergine
  • 500 ml olive oil or coconut oil
  • 100 ml vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar or agave
  • salt & black pepper

Bake and peel the red peppers. Bake and peel the aubergine. Boil the carrots. When everything is done, blend them all in the kitchen robot and mix in a huge bowl. Add everything except the olive oil. Heat the oil to a almost boiling condition and then pour it over the mixture. Mix well and fill the jars. Seal really well. To keep the lutenica safe for the whole winter you will also have to sterilize it. Place all the jars in a big pot, cover with water and bring it to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and you are done!

bon appétit!
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Nadia Petrova

Nadia Petrova is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Member of CANNP, author of the Daily Raw cookbook and Green chef. You can reach her at - E-mail: nadia(at), Facebook:, Personal Facebook:, Twitter: @natureinsider. And can read more about her here - Nadia Petrova


  1. Като прочетох рецептата, и още вечерта я направих. При мен преобладаваше патладжанът(това имах налично) и въпреки това пак се получи добре. Но мисля, че твоята е по-вкусна. ;)

  2. и само с патладжан пак става супер, но отива повече към кьополу :)

  3. Hi, would love to make lutenica but cannot eat carrots, can you please recommend an alternative? Love the site, many thanks, Ellyn

  4. Ellyn, just skip the carrots. The basic ingredients in a lutenica recipe are the tomatoes and red peppers.

  5. Dear Nadya,
    I have always lowed Luteicia and we can buy it in shops factory made, from Romania or Italy. Today I will try your recipy. Thank you for publishing your mom’s recipy.
    I note you have no onions no chilipepper and no garlic in your recipy. Have you tried?
    In Russia I have tried many Adchika mixes – some good some not. Do you also make this mixture?
    Best Regards from Sweden
    Åke (Oke)

  6. Dear Åke,

    this is the traditional Bulgarian recipe for lutenica. We have another one – kiopolu, which uses onions and garlic, but it’s made with more aubergines and less red peppers and tomatoes. It is very delicious as well :))

  7. Чудна рецепта, ще помоля приятелката ми да я направи!

  8. Hi Nadia, I discovered lutenica from my crazy Bulgarian girlfriend and she brought 2 jars home from Sofia which have vanished with 2 Banica! I will try your recipe and see if I can impress her! Thanks! John

  9. I just sent this article’s link to an American lady that knows great stories about this gem of our cuisine to try it out :)

    БлагоДаря !

  10. Dear Nadia,
    I had never heard of lutenica until I had it tonight as an appetizer with crusty bread at a restaurant in Camden, Maine (USA). (A long way from Bulgaria!) it was Sooo incredibly good that I couldn’t stop eating it. Thank you for sharing your mother’s recipe; it’s very hard to find a recipe for it. I can’t wait to go home and make some!

  11. I heard from something called “Lutianica” from my Bulgarian girlfriend, she apparently meant this, and it sounds amazing! Might might it… but that’s a lot of ingredients ._. Welp we’ll see, it sure looks/sounds great, I like spicy stuff a lot :P

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