Russian Cuisine – not only vodka & caviar!

by Elena on November 10, 2018

Many believe that Russian cuisine is vodka and pancakes, caviar and pies, dumplings and borsch. Everything is very filling, high-calory, and most importantly — clichéd. This opinion has a reason, but we still try to break the stereotypes and show another Russian cuisine that is unusual, and at the same time nutritious and healthy.

In the morning

We’ll start right from breakfast. If you think that below is a story about fresh and boring diet, then rest assured: we will even drink. However, we will do it with health benefits!

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So, breakfast. Hot cereal will be our main course. As in many other countries, the most popular porridge in Russia is oatmeal. In ancient times, Russians loved porridge made of millet, barley or buckwheat (the latter will be discussed below). Today, people eat them as well adding milk or cream. Cereals fill you quickly and not only that, they also benefit the body being rich in protein, iron and containing many other minerals. To make breakfast more attractive, you can add nuts and dried fruits to the cereal.

What’s for lunch?

One, two or three p. m. is lunchtime in Russia. As a rule, this is the main and heartiest meal of a day. And the main lunch dish in Russian cuisine is soup. And it’s not only the world-famous borsch. Few of the world’s cuisines can boast such a variety of soups and broths as the Russian one: shchi (meat and cabbage), solyanka (many kinds of meat and vegetables in one pot), ukha (fish), rassolnik (meat soup with pickles and pearl barley), botvinya (cold soup with boiled and grated herbs in kvass), okroshka (another cold soup with kvass). Soups are very nutritious and help to warm up in cold weather, and cold soups, such as okroshka, help to freshen up in the heat.

Soup on the Russian table cannot be imagined without yeast rye bread. Now in Russia this bread is called black (as opposed to wheat bread which is “white”), but in olden time it was simply called “bread,” since there was no other bread (wheat flour was intended for sweet pastries).
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Hot soup is best combined with one or two shots – this can be confirmed by almost any Russian. And since we are talking about the non-trivial cuisine, we will not drink vodka, but bitters. As a rule, homemade bitters are the best, although you can also buy industrially manufactured bitters. A really exotic drink from the Eastern part of Russia is the aralia bitter produced in the Khabarovsk Territory. It is served in restaurants throughout the Far East — from Khabarovsk to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and sold as a souvenir. And those who are fortunate to get on a visit to the locals might have a chance to try homemade aralia bitter.
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Pickles will supplement lunch, as they are loved in Russia as much as soups. For example, sauerkraut and brined cucumbers. By the way, pickles are very good as a snack to go with strong drinks, especially vodka.


Now we have reached the evening meal. Our dinner will consist of baked river fish and buckwheat. Full-flowing Russian rivers can offer a wide variety of choices for gourmets: breams, catfish, carp, crucian carp, whitefish, grayling, perch and dozens of other fish species. In addition, there are many species of marine fish in the Black Sea in the South and the Pacific Ocean in the East.

Картинки по запросу запеченная рыба

In the traditional Russian cuisine, the fish is salt baked without scaling or gutting. Such a dish turns out to be fragrant, tender and low-fat. We will serve the fish with buckwheat, the most Russian side dish. It hardly ever occurs in other national cuisines. They say that buckwheat is the food that Russian expatriates miss the most, as you can hardly find it in foreign supermarkets and restaurants. But in Russia, everyone knows it from their childhood. This cereal is boiled and consumed both separately and as part of other dishes.

Картинки по запросу гречка в горшочке

It is difficult to mention all the unusual dishes of Russian cuisine in one brief review. For example, we did not have time to tell you about such important drinks as kissel and kvass, as well as dishes from nettle and fern, peas and lentils. However, we hope that we have managed to prove the main idea: Russian meal is not only vodka, pies and borsch. And instead of a hangover and extra pounds, you can bring cheerfulness and new culinary ideas from Russia.

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