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Ukrainian Christmas Tradition-Borsht Recipe

Updated on December 3, 2011

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.


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      Hello, hello, 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      It sounds very tasty. I have never heard of it or tasted it. Thank you.

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      6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Sounds delicious, Dale. I love beet borscht! Thanks for the recipe. Lynda

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      6 years ago

      Dale Mazurek: What an appetite-stimulating, informative, useful explanation of the making of Ukrainian borsht! The instructions are clear, the photo is hunger-inducing, and the video is fantastic in its serving ideas.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up, etc.,



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