Russian Soups

Borscht is made of dill, carrots, cabbage, garlic, onion, potatoes, beets and more
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Soups peculiar to Russia are very popular and are typically served in the afternoon. Amongst the most typical ingredients in traditional Russian soup recipes are cabbage, potatoes, and meat or fish. Russian soups have always played a significant role in the Russian meal. Tyurya, Oroshka, Botvinya, Solyanka, Rassolnik, Ukha and Shchi are some of the traditional staples of soups in Russia. During the 18th to 20th centuries by both European and Central Asian staples such as stews, pureed soups, clear soups and many others have been added to the Russian culinary repertoire.

Soups peculiar to Russia can be divided into at least seven large groups:
1. Soups that are based in grains and vegetables
2. Soups made up of fish such as ukha
3. Soups that are thick and are based on meat broth with a sour and salty base such as solyanka and rassolnik
4. Soups that are based on cabbage such as shchi
5. Noodle soups with milk, mushrooms and meat
6. Stews and light soups which are based on vegetables and water
7. Chilled soups which are based kvas, such botvinya, okrosha and tyurya

Chicken soup recipes are also popular in Russia and kurniy soup is a type of a delectable Russian chicken soup which is typically served along with rye bread. This particular type of chicken soup is prepared with vegetable broth and contains chicken meat as well as fresh herbs and vegetables.

Another Russian favorite when it comes to soup is Mushroom soup. This type of soup is made with fresh mushrooms. During the process of cooking, the water in which the mushrooms are cooked is replaced many times. Okrosha is a delicious chilled soup which is great to eat when the weather is hot. It is garnished with sour cream and dill and is typically prepared from several types of meat or sausage.

Perhaps the most popular soup from the Soviet Union is Borscht, which comes in a bright red color. It is composed of dill, carrots, cabbage, garlic, onion, potatoes, beets and more. While this particular Russian soup may not be appetizing in particular, it can have an amazing flavor.

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