My Ukrainian borscht recipe for Márcia

In Coimbra we were hosted by kind and hospitable girl Márcia. In the evening we decided to cook Ukrainian borscht for our host. It was a good evening: we talked a lot about our countries, found some similar things between Ukraine and Portugal, and finally – we cooked a borscht. I was worried, hoping that Márcia would like borscht, and she did!

Ukrainian borscht

The magic of Ukrainian borscht is that its taste is revealed the next day. Then Márcia texted me and asked for the recipe, that’s why I wrote this post in English))

Everyone has his own recipe for Ukrainian borshch. If you want to start a holy war – publish your recipe for Ukrainian borscht online, this is enough. One of my grandmas cooks borscht with pork, and other – with beef. If you want a veggie borscht – just replace meat with beans. In the summer we use fresh tomatoes instead of tomato paste. My mom sometimes adds bell pepper. There are a lot of ways to make a borscht. As for me, I don’t like the original Ukrainian borshch with pork, it’s too heavy for my stomach. That’s why I prefer borscht with chicken fillet.

Ukrainian borscht

Ingredients:

  • chicken fillet;
  • carrots;
  • onions;
  • beets;
  • cabbage;
  • potatoes;
  • tomato paste;
  • olive or refined sunflowerseed oil;
  • bay leaf, salt and pepper for broth.
Ukrainian borscht ingredients

How to cook Ukrainian borscht:

Peel and chop chicken fillet, put to cook. Add spices.

Ukrainian borscht

I prepare vegetables in advance: peel carrots, onions, beets; cut onions, grate carrots and beets.

Ukrainian borscht ingredient

Next, I start fry vegetables in a small amount of olive oil.

Ukrainian borscht

Fry onions first.

Ukrainian borscht

Then add carrots.

Ukrainian borscht

I fry a couple of minutes, then add beets.

Ukrainian borscht recipe

I fry for a couple minutes more, stir occasionally, add tomato paste and turn off the fire in a minute.

Ukrainian borscht

Don’t forget about the broth. Take chicken out of the broth and cut it.

Ukrainian borscht recipe

I filter the broth with a sieve.

Ukrainian borscht

Next, I chop cabbage.

Ukrainian borscht

I peel potatoes and cut them like this.

Ukrainian borscht recipe

If you think that there is not enough broth – add water. Let the broth boil, add potatoes.

Ukrainian borscht

If you like cabbage to be crunchy and al dente – add it just a couple of minutes before the end of cooking. I add cabbage when the potatoes are half cooked.

Ukrainian borscht

I give the vegetables a few more minutes to cook and add the previously prepared mix of onions, carrots, beets and tomato paste.

Ukrainian borscht recipe

Then you can add chicken and cook until potatoes are ready.

Ukrainian borscht

Serve Ukrainian borscht with smetana, herbs (green onion), rye bread and garlic.

Ukrainian borscht recipe

But it’s best to let the borscht brew.

Ukrainian borscht

Bon Appetit or Smachnoho!

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