20 Must-Eat Foods From Russia
Russian cuisine is one of a kind, just like every other cuisine. It's mainly influenced by the environmental and traditional factors. In this article, I talk about 20 foods that I personally like and enjoy, starting from the dishes I enjoy the most.
Borscht is a very famous soup eaten in the whole of Russia and Ukraine. It's 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 here in Ukraine. It is served with a spoon of sour cream and brown bread.
Solyanka is another soup that I enjoy. The main ingredients here are sausage, potatoes, carrots, onions, pickled cucumbers, and herbs. It's also garnished with dill leaves and black olives. What I like in this soup is the sour flavor. It's served with a spoon of sour cream, a slice of lemon on top, and, of course, brown bread.
Okroshka is a summer soup, and it's usually 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. Also it's garnished with dill leaves. In summer, it's a common dish, and you will see it being eaten in many households. I love to eat this soup during the summer as it helps cool the body.
It's a fast food in Russia. Basically, it's stuffed buns with a variety of fillings inside. The fillings can be of cabbage, potato, meat, liver, mushrooms or combinations of vegetables and meat etc. They are fried or baked. It is served warm or hot. I like eating pirozhki with tea or coffee on the days I have no time to take my breakfast. I like the cabbage pirozhki the most and then the one with meat.
This is a traditional potato salad. 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.
Blini are pancakes with fillings. Fillings can be fruits like apple, bananas, strawberries or it can be vegetables like cabbage, potatoes or it can be meat. It is served with chocolate dipping or sour cream. You can see it being sold as a street food.
Chebureki is a crescent-shaped deep fried dough with filling. The filling is mostly minced meat and onions. It's one of the common street food.
Vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes, beetroots and cabbages are pickled in summer so that it can be eaten throughout the winter. Cucumbers and tomatoes grow in summer and the cost of these vegetables are cheaper in summer as compared to in winters. It's pickled in salt water. I like eating pickled vegetables as a side dish. It has great flavor.
One of the traditional dishes loved by many. It is basically meat jelly. It's served cold. The jelly is the made from meat stock or consomme.
Salo is cured pork fat. It is a common food and is eaten either cooked or raw. Sometimes people eat it as a snack with vodka. I like eating potatoes cooked with salo. It's a very tasty dish.
Pirog is a pie made of dough with sweet or savoury filling.
Pelmeni are Russian dumplings. It's made of unleavened dough which is filled with vegetables like potatoes, mushrooms or meat. Once the dough is stuffed with fillings, it is thrown into boiling water and cooked for 15-20 mins. It can be of various sizes of shapes and very tasty. It's usually served with sour cream. I also enjoy fried pelmeni.
You cannot miss vodka when in Russia. Its a part of their tradition to drink vodka. Eating food is also an important activity when drinking vodka. People here do not encourage drinking sessions without food.
Kvass is a low alcohol beverage that even kids enjoy on a hot summer day. It's made up of fermented rye bread. It's available in supermarkets but it will be better to taste homemade kvass to get the real flavor. I have tasted both homemade kvass and the ones available in supermarkets, the homemade ones are the best.
Shashlik are meat skewers. Mostly it's made in summer. In Russia, people love going to forest with family and friends for picnics and make shashlik. Every year, I wait patiently for summer to come so that I can go to forests with my friends and cook some shashlik and have a nice time.
Russian caviar is a delicacy and one of the finest foods in the world and should not be missed when in Russia. It's salt cured fish eggs. Most famous are the beluga sturgeon caviar.
Shuba is a layered salad. It's also known as Russian beet and herring salad. lt also contains boiled potatoes and carrots etc. All the vegetables and fish are arranged in layers. Sometimes egg is grated on top of the salad.
Syrniki is a Russian dessert made of cottage cheese, eggs, flour, sugar and some salt. It's a yummy dessert and at the same time very filling.
Kompot is homemade juice. It's made by boiling fruits in large quantities of water and sugar is added for sweetness. It can be served cold of hot depending on the season. I enjoy drinking kompot without sugar because its really healthy for our body as we do not take unnecessary sugar as in other carbonated or non-carbonated drinks available in the market.
It's a dish made up of strips of beef and mushrooms sautéed with sour cream sauce. It's usually served with pasta. Not one of my favourites but many people enjoy this dish.
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