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Learn Russian. Eat like Russian!

Probably everyone considers their national dishes the most delicious and I am not exception. I think Russian food is delicious and I can prove it. Traditionally no lunch is complete without soup. The most famous soups are: Borscht, Solyanka, Okroshka, Shchi.

Borscht is made of beets, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, spring onions, garlic, and tomatoes and is garnished with dill leaves. If you want, you can add meat in it too. It’s one of our many comfort foods, and I personally enjoy borscht during harsh winters and even at summertime (i am 100% borscht fan). It is served with a spoon of sour cream and brown bread.

Solyanka is another soup that I enjoy. A hearty soup made from thick chunks of beef and/or pork, cooked for hours over a low flame with garlic, tomatoes, peppers and carrots. It’s also garnished with dill leaves and black olives. I like this soup as well, but for me it’s a little bit too long to cook.

If it’s too hot for hot soup try it cold.Okroshka is a summer soup, and it’s eaten cold. It can be made with either yoghurt, mayonnaise, or kvass. The vegetables, like cucumbers and spring onions, are added along with sausages and boiled egg, both cut into small cubes. Its surprisingly delicious, considering that the recipe is so simple, even kid could make it.

Traditional fast food is prozhki. Its pastries filled with potatoes, meat, cabbage or cheese. They could be sweet or savory, deep fried or baked. 

Another type of national street food is blini. Basically, it’s crepes filled with different fillings (fruits like apple, bananas, strawberries or it can be vegetables like cabbage, potatoes or it can be meat). Traditionally is served with sour cream. 

One of the most common street food is chebureki. It is a crescent-shaped deep fried dough with filling. The filling is mostly minced meat and onions.

Pelmeni are Russian dumplings and Russian ravioli. It’s made of unleavened dough which is filled with vegetables like potatoes, mushrooms or meat. It can be of various sizes of shapes and very tasty. It’s usually served with sour cream.

We also like salads in Russia. These salads are probably on the black lists of all trendy diets, they are full of calories and mayo. My favorite salad is Olivye, known as Russian salad all over the world. The main ingredients are boiled potatoes, boiled carrots, boiled eggs, sausage or meat, pickled cucumbers, boiled green peas, mayonnaise, dill and parsley. All are mixed together and salt and black pepper are added as desired. It’s one of the salads prepared during the new year celebrations in Russia. Shuba is a layered salad. It’s also known as Russian beet and herring salad. lt also contains boiled potatoes and carrots, fish are arranged in layers.

Another famous dish in Russia is shashlik.It’s a kind of shesh kebab made over an open fire. You can use any kind of meat, though Russians prefer pork. The marinade ingredients vary from region to region as well, ranging from red wine to vinegar. You can’t go wrong with grilled chunks of meat. We love shashlik. Traditional Russian shashlik is made over a wood fire with herb leaves often tossed in to enhance the flavor. 

Traditional Russian non- alcohol drink is kompot. It is a fruit juice made by nearly every Russian and Ukrainian family. There are a gazillion ways to make it. It all depends on the fruit you have on hand. It’s made by boiling fruits in large quantities of water and sugar is added for sweetness.

So, learn Russian, visit Russia and try everything I mentioned earlier, see for yourself how delicious Russian cuisine is.

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