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Russia: Recipes and Cuisine

Kremlin spires in Moscow, Russia

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Russian cuisine is vast and varied, a reflection of the fact that its territory spans thousands of miles and numerous cultures. A large portion of Russian dishes — cabbage soups, black bread, buckwheat porridge — have origins in the peasantry. Still others — chicken Kiev, bef Stroganoff, veal Prince Orloff — reflect French culinary traditions imported to the imperial court by Catherine the Great. Root vegetables, poulty, wild game, fish, hearty breads and noodles are popular, as are never-ending shots of vodka.

Typical Russian Dishes

Russian Recipes

Try these recipes from Russia.


Kvas (Russian fermented rye beverage)

(Russian fermented rye beverage)


Kulich (Eastern Orthodox sweet Easter bread)

(Eastern Orthodox sweet Easter bread)


Shashlik (Central Asian grilled skewered lamb)

(Central Asian grilled skewered lamb)


Shchi (Russian cabbage soup)

(Russian cabbage soup)


Pashka (Eastern Orthodox molded Easter cheesecake)

(Eastern Orthodox molded Easter cheesecake)


Kasza (Polish buckwheat groats)

(East European buckwheat groats)


Vinegret Russian cold vegetable salad

(Russian cold vegetable salad)