ABC of Ukraine: Borshch. Traditional Ukrainian dish

ABC of Ukraine: Borshch. Traditional Ukrainian dish

Borshch is traditional Ukrainian vegetable soup made with beet root with a main ingredient In Ukrainian national cuisine there are many varieties of borshch, such as green, (sorrel or spring) , and Lenten which is made with beans and mushrooms, served cold However the most popular is red cooked with cabbage potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, parsley and of course, beets The beetroot gives this dish its dark red color Nowadays borshch is cooked using a meat broth, however historically people added meat only on holidays while on working days the dish usually was seasoned with the base consisted of pounded lard with garlic and onions Borshch is not just a favorite Ukrainian food It is also a historical icon and a ritual symbol Once, the courageous Cossack knights tested young recruits for their strength and endurance with a generously spiced "wise borshch" Today borshch can be found at bars and restaurants outside Ukraine.

Thus a famous New York restaurants Veselka and Hytryj Lys borshch, varenikik and holubtsi are the specialities of the house The Ukrainian town Borshchiv, near Ternopil, got ots name during Tatar-Mongol invasion According to the legend, the leader of the invaders didn't like the local borshch The townspeople were so insulted that they drowned the rude guest in a cauldron of this dish Festivals in honour of borshch take place in this legendary town and an intense competition for preparing the best national dish is also held.

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