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A Few More Words On Borsch

Vegetarian Russian Borsch

I already wrote about  Borsch, but we had very few readers at that time, so I thought it would be nice to highlight this awesome soup once again. It’s one of the pillars of Russian/Ukrainian cuisine, so you can never have too much Borsch! Made with juicy and colourful sauteed vegetables, complemented with freshly squeezed garlic and fresh chilli, and tinted with tomato paste, Borsch is such a universal kind of soup - I don’t associate it with a certain time of the year, for example. It’s equally good in summertime, when all you need for dinner is fresh vegetables, and in winter, when a bowl of comfortingly warm soup can bring you out of hibernation. This time vegetarian Borsch served as a detox meal to me - remember I was going to eat healthier after all the cakes I had been baking? I also made a polenta, and of course I’m still the terror of chickens as I’m still going on with my increased protein consumption.

Do you think I have deserved the right to bake a batch of pumpkin muffins tonight?.. :)


Borsch: Click here for our recipe with step-by-step photos (check out the secret ingredient of Borsch and the trick to intensify the colour of beets!)

In the pictures: serve Borsch with a spoonful of sour cream and a slice of rye bread with hot Russian mustard!

Vegetarian Russian Borsch

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22 Responses

  1. Jessica says:

    looks so comforting!

  2. Patty says:

    I’m so glad you stopped by today so that I would follow you back here! My husband’s family is from Russia, and he taught me to make borsch. I will have to spend some time on your blog and see if I can surprise him with a good authentic recipe!

    • Alina says:

      Wow Patty that’s great :) well I have to say that although there’re certain guidelines for making Borsch, every family makes it their own way - the proportions of vegetables and so on may vary, you know. I wonder if your husband’s family have their own recipe for Borsch?.. Hey you might try the Chocolate Sausage - it’s a very nostalgic home-made sweet for anyone born in the USSR :)

  3. Anna says:

    I never done or tried Borsch, my hubby loves it. I have to try one of those days. It looks very yummy. Have a nice Friday Alina. How is your sweet baby?

  4. Sook says:

    Oh the color of the Borsch looks amazing! I haven’t tried it yet but would sure love to!

  5. How funny - I just posted about shchi which of course is very close to borsch - just doesn’t have any beets, right? Borsch is definitely next on my soup list! :D

  6. Rebekah says:

    This looks so tasty! I’ll have to try making for the first time.

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    • Extremely helpful article, please write more.

    • Doaa says:

      Interesting. I have planned to go to Tblisi toomrrow evening and your comment cements my decision! As for the egg/beetroot, I’d say it will go down well with anybody loving sweet creaminess. The restaurant itself always looks shut. It’s the kind of place you’ll need to ask if they are opened, and then they will switch the lights in the dining room on for you. Weird but wonderful at the same time.

  7. Asta says:

    Being originally from Lithuania, I have lots of nostalgies about borsch. Mmmmm… And my Swedish husband likes it a lot too.

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