Meet the Russians

6 Traditional Russian Foods to Make at Home

What’s Russian Cuisine?

Russian food is pretty simple and easy to make. Apart from salt, pepper and mayo, Russians don’t really add anything else into their meals. The ingredients are not particularly hard to get either. The most beloved are potatoes, bread, garlic, caviar, herring, pickled cucumbers (home made) and vegetables, home-grown with love and care.

If you have always wanted to try traditional Russian food then make it yourself.

The best Russian foods


Pelmeni is adored by Russian people and for a good reason. You get together with other members of your family at the weekend and make thousands of them while talking, laughing and just having fun. Making pelmeni feels like a session of hand-crafting. The good thing is that after one weekend spent making pelmeni you can forget about cooking for the rest of the year.

If you an expert at making cakes, pancakes and pies then it won’t be a great deal to make pelmeni. The dough recipe is very simple – no super expensive and hard to get ingredients. In the end, you get a myriad of cute little scarf-heads stuffed with mince. Place them in the freezer and enjoy cooking-free life.

While most Russians would eat them as a main course. Some Russians love to make soup with pelmeni. Just water, dice potatoes and carrots with pelmeni floating in the water.


Russians love to eat hot soups in winter to keep their bodies warm. To cool down in summer Russians have invented a cold soup called Okroshka.

Chop up boiled potatoes, cucumbers, radish, sausages or cooked meat, hard boiled eggs and dill. Then pour water over it and add a lot of sour cream and salt.

It tastes incredible and is very refreshing. If you go to Russia in summer you will definitely come across Okroshka a lot.


I feel like Borsch is one of the most famous and is well-known in other cultures.

Borsch is a beetroot soup that we like to eat with a dash of sour cream in it (the white stuff). Soups are not very filling so Russians prefer to eat soup with bread. Living in England, I miss Russian white bread and full-fat sour cream.

The red soup, another name for Borsch, is always served very hot. It should be made with beef broth and finished with dill sprinkled on top.

No Russian food should be served without dill – we love it.

Russian dumplings “Vareniki”

Hang on. What’s the difference between pelmeni and vareniki? While pelmeni should be only stuffed with meat you can go wild when making Vareniki.

The stuffing may vary:

-cottage cheese

-berries (mainly blueberries and cherries)

-sorrel and sugar

-potatoes with mushrooms (most popular)

-cabbage stew

So be creative and try new stuffings. If you spend a weekend making pelmeni and the next weekend making vareniki you are definitely sorted for the rest of the year.

Russian salad

If it’s New Year or someone’s birthday then it’s about time Russians start preparing their salads.

No less than three or four salads should be presented to guests on a special occasion. Salads with an excessive amount of mayo and lots of ingredients in them are a huge part of the festive season in Russia.

Liver with potatoe

I bet, a lot of readers have cringed after reading the title and the word liver in particular. Russians, on the contrary, find the word ‘liver’ mouthwatering. At least once a week people have liver for dinner. We normally have fried or boiled potato on the side.

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