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Meatless Red Ukrainian Borscht

Photo credit: The Culinary Couple

Borscht is a delicious and famous traditional Ukrainian dish. In Ukraine, this frugal dish can be made with a number of low-cost fresh ingredients grown in home gardens. It’s versatile, easy to make, and packed with essential vitamins and nutrients!

“There’s green borscht and other variations, but red borscht is by far the most popular,” says Halyna, our Pochaiv site director. “There’s both meat and meatless variations of red borscht. Meat is expensive, so it’s usually saved for special occasions. For Lent, we cook the meatless version. It’s also a must-have meatless dish for Holy Eve dinner.”

Meatless Red Ukrainian Borscht 

Sent by: Halyna, our Pochaiv site director

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium onions
  • 4 carrots
  • 3-4 celery stalks
  • 1 leek stalk
  • 2 red beets
  • 2 cups of white cabbage
  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 2-3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 whole peppercorns
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 litres of water
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp oil for frying

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