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Taste of Russia: typical Russian food you should try

The russian cuisine is the traditional cuisine of Russia, linked to the ways of life and the history of the Russian people. It has undergone the influences of the various cultures, ethnic groups and religions present in the vast territory of the country, and has incorporated in itself many dishes belonging to various nationalities taking part before the Russian Empire, then the Soviet Union and finally the Russian Federation.

As a result, dishes, recipes and eating habits change considerably in the various regions of the country. The basis of the diet of the large part of the population, once represented by the farmers, consisted of cereals and vegetables, which were used for the preparation of salads, soups, polenta, bread and similar products. A popular saying says: "щи да каша, пища наша" (Šči and kasha are our food). Among the soups also remember the botvinja, the rassol'nike the borsh.

10 typical dishes not to miss in Russia

Shchi

shchi with dill sour cream

Cabbage soup that can be based on sauerkraut

Borscht

Borscht

Soup made of broth, beetroot, and tomatoes with vegetables (onions, cabbage, tomato, carrots, and celery).

Pelmeni

Pelmeni

Dumplings filled of a meat wrapped in thin, pasta dough

Olivier Salad

Olivier Salad

Diced potatoes, eggs, chicken or bologna, sweet peas, and pickles with a mayonnaise dressing

Kasha

Kasha

Porridge made of buckwheat, millet, oat, wheat or semolina.

Golubtsy

Russian Monday:"Golubtsy" Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe: http://www.melangery.com/2013/09/russian-mondaygolubtsy-stuffed-cabbage.html

Cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings, mainly meat.

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Pieces of sautéed beef in sauce, with smetana (sour cream).

Kotleta po Kievskiy

Котлета по-киевски

French-inspired chicken cutlet with butter sauce as filling.

Bliny

Bliny

Large pancakes with different sweet and sour fillings.

Pirozhki

Pirozhki

Small stuffed buns made of either yeast dough or short pastry, filled with different fillings.

Kvas

Kvas

Fermented non-alcoholic beverage made from black or regular rye bread or dough.

Mors

Mors

Soft drink prepared from berries, mainly from lingonberry or cranberry.

Russian Vodka

Русский Стандарт

It needs no explanation.

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