Traditional Ukrainian recipes spice up the holidays > II

Posted On January 7, 2007

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By tradition, foods served during the Christmas Eve dinner have no meat or dairy products.
Ingredients >
1 cup fresh or dried mushrooms
1 large chopped onion
3 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup tomato juice (or 2 tbsp. tomato paste)
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 or 3 medium beets
1 medium carrot, diced
1 potato, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. dill
1 tsp. parsley
8-9 cups of water
lemon juice or vinegar to taste
salt, pepper to taste

Method >
Drop beets into boiling water and cook until they can be easily pierced with a knife. Peel and cut them into thin strips. Sauté the onion until softened, then add mushrooms and garlic and cook a little longer. Add the sauteéd onion mixture, carrots and potato to the beets and water and cook until vegetables are tender. Add cabbage and cook until tender. Add tomato juice or paste, herbs and seasonings to taste. Add lemon juice or vinegar to make the borshch slightly tart. Cook a few minutes longer and serve very hot.