4 Traditional chows from Moscow
Russian geography is characterised with long lasting winters and this has a considerable impact on their cuisines as well. As the foods are meant to fatten you up you can expect a no holds bar on flavours or ingredients.
Here are 4 traditional dishes you must try if you are in the Russian capital.
A beef and beet root soup, served with a generous dollop of sour cream on top. It is mildly spiced and enjoyed cold. You will find a lot of versions of this classic Russian recipe but the traditional version is made with a lot of vegetables and adds a touch of bacon for that additional meaty flavour. The grated beet use in the preparation is what gives it that soupy red colour.
A simple and creamy beef preparation that is best had straight from the pan or can be pored over rise or pasta. In Russia you will find it served over mashed potatoes or rice or with fried shoestring potatoes (Russian version of French Fries).
The dish itself dates back to the 19th century, it is prepared by sautéing beef strips in butter, white whine, sour cream, onions and mustard.
These crepe-like pan cakes are a favourite in every Russian household. Blini is a versatile dish and can be made interesting with toppings such as meat, cheese and even fruit. This makes them perfect for all meals weather it is lunch or brunch and they also serve well as desserts.
It is made out of unleavened dough and served with either sweet or savoury toppings.
The Okroshka is another soup that is served cold. This is made from yogurt, radishes, boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs and scallions. It is garnished with dill to give it that final touch.
It is known to be just the right amount of sour, its perfectly smooth and has a crunch making it a simple yet wholesome dish.
Russia has far more to offer than just vodka. The simplicity of their cuisine and the incorporation of fresh ingredients and balance of protein, veggies, herbs and fats is sure to get your taste buds going.