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Ukrainian Christmas Tradition-Borsht Recipe
Ukrainian Christmas Tradition- What Is Borscht?
Borscht or what is sometimes spelled borsch or even borscht is a soup with vegetables but almost every time has beets as the main vegetable. The soup will almost always be red as well because of the beets. You will at times find a few different types of borscht that can be made without using beets. Some different variations are orange borscht which tomatoes are used and green borscht which is made out of vegetable leaves
Not so much here but when it comes to popularity of Borscht you need to look around Germany and Eastern Europe. When it comes to origin it is said borscht was first created and tasted in the Ukraine. It is figured that Jewish immigrants brought borscht to North America. Of course chicken noodle and tomato is always going to be the most popular but in many places in North America borscht is quite popular.
Ingredients For Borsht
You need 3 beets the size of oranges. Cut them in thin strips.
1 diced carrot
10 cups of water
1 large diced potato
1/2 cup of chopped onions
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
Half a cup of green peas
2 Cups of shredded cabbage
One cup of tomato juice or one can of tomato soup.
2 teaspoons of flour
1/2 cup of cold water
2 tablespoons of chopped dill
Finally you can use salt and pepper to taste.
How To Make Borsht
The first thing when cooking Borsht is you want to cook the beets and carrots in the water for about 25 minutes. The next thing you will do is add the potatoes and then continue to simmer for at least 20 minutes.
The next step is you will need to add the lemon juice, the peas or beans and simmer these until all are tender. The next thing is frying the onions in butter or margarine until they soften up.
Next thing you will add to the onions is a quarter cup of water and the cabbage. This needs to simmer until the cabbage is tender. Stir all of this into the beets. Then you want to add the tomato juice or soup and t this time you can also add salt and pepper to taste.
Now your almost ready to eat this delicious feast. You will need to blend the flour with half a cup of water, then stir in all the vegetables, add the dill and boil everything for at least 10 minutes. Finally the Borsht is ready to eat. It is best served hot.