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Traditional dishes of Ukrainian cuisine


The book Ukrainian Traditional uisine by Lidiya Artyukh published by Baltia-Druk Publishing House, Kyiv, 2007, contains a lot of wonderful recipes of traditional Ukrainian dishes. Now some of these recipes appear in our magazine. We hope you will enjoy the dishes made to these recipes.


Mandryka with sour cherries

Flour  3 cups

Yeast  1 tablespoon

Eggs  4 Milk  400 grams

Hard cheese  300 grams

Sour cherries  500 grams

Sugar  2 cups

Salt and oil for oiling the baking tray



Sieve the flour, pour a cup of milk into it and knead the dough, adding the yeast melted in warmed-up milk; 1/2 cup sugar mix with 2 eggs and add to the dough until it stops sticking to the hands. Set the dough to rise.

Mince the cheese and mix with 1 egg. Remove the stones from the cherries, sugar them, and let the cherries produce the juice. Strain the juice using a strainer.

Roll the dough into thin oblongs and put it on the baking tray. Make an edge, spread the cherries evenly over the dough and the rest of the sugar on top of the cherries, and then spread the minced cheese evenly over it. Beat an egg and brush the crust with it. After baking the mandryka in an oven, let it cool, cut into fairly large pieces and pour the cherry juice over them.


Varenyky stuffed with currants and sour cherries

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 eggs

one cup water

5 cups currants or sour cherries with stones removed

1/2 cup sugar honey



Prepare the dough, roll it thin, cut out round shapes with the edge of the overturned glass; place a couple of cherries or currants on each peace, bring together the edges and pinch them tight. Bring water to a boil, add salt and boil until the varenyky come to the surface. Remove the varenyky carefully so as not to damage them (best to do it with a small strainer). While they are hot, sprinkle with sugar, add some cherry juice. Serve with sour cream or thick yogurt.


Cold soup Cherkasy style

3 new beet roots 150 grams sorrel

150 grams spinach 100 grams beet leaves

100 grams new nettles 2 cucumbers

2 hard-boiled eggs green onions, parsley, dill.



Wash the beets and boil to readiness. Peel and dice. Boil the sorrel, spinach, beet leaves, and nettles. Add salt, rub through the sieve or grind in a food processor. Place the diced beets and the rest of the ground vegetables in the vegetable broth. Dice the cucumbers and eggs, slice the green onions and dill, and add to the cold soup. Serve with sour cream.


Holubtsi Halytski style

Sorrel  750 grams

Millet (or corn grains)  5 table spoonfuls

Pork  500 grams

Onion  2 bulbs

Sour cream  1/2 cup

Flour  2 table spoonfuls

Vegetable oil, salt, sugar, pepper



Boil the millet (or corn grains) for a short time; chop the pork, fry the chopped onions and add all these. Remove stems from the big sorrel leaves, wash and add boiling water, then strain. Use the millet, pork and the rest for stuffing the sorrel leaves to make holubtsi. Place the rolled and stuffed leaves into a big iron saucepan, add the sour cream and put into the preheated oven. Fry the flour on a dry skillet, add the hot stock from the cooking holubtsi, mix well and then add back to the cooking holubtsi, add salt to taste. Cook until ready.


Yushka with new green peas

Mushrooms  500 grams Green peas  500 grams

Carrot  1 big root Onion  1 bulb

Wheat flour  1 table spoonful Vegetable oil  1/2 cup

Parsley, dill, celery, salt, water



Remove the peas from the pods. Chop the carrot, celery and the onion, then fry in a little oil. Wash the mushrooms, cut into thin flat pieces, fry in oil until golden. Boil 2.5 liters of water, add the vegetables, peas, mushrooms and cook until ready. Fry the flour on a dry skillet until brownish; when it cools off, add hot water from the cooking soup, mix well and add to the boiling soup. Cook until all the ingredients are ready.

Add chopped parsley and dill to the soup when you serve it.


Photos have been provided by Baltia-Druk Publishing House

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