Russia is famous by its architecture, history, literature and cold weather. However, Russian cuisine is often put aside. We suppose that is not fair as Russian dishes is not just food, but a masterpiece.
It seems that everyone knows borsch (a soup from beetroot with some sour cream) as a specialty of Russian cuisine. Actually, it is not quite true. Borsch is popular only in the Western part of post-Soviet Union, while central regions prefer another soup – rassolnik.
What is Rassolnik?
Rassolnik is a soup made from pickled cucumbers, pearl barley, and pork or beef kidneys. The dish is known to have existed as far back as the 15th century, when it was called kalya. It was a food of peasants as the dish is easy to cook and the ingredients are easy to find. That is a soup of generations as rassolnik became a part of common Soviet cuisine and is loved by Russians even now.
Not only is Rassolnik tasty, but also good for your health. The secret is pickled cucumbers. The fermentation that these cucumbers make help the stomach to digest junk food, pork of beef kidneys give strength while pearl barley is a literally inside-scrab for your skin. In other words “A plate of Rassolnik a day keeps the doctor away”.
During programs that Marlis Travel does, tourists get acquainted with Russian cuisine and Rassolnik especially. All the dishes are home-made and served in a traditional way. For example, Rassolnik is served in a plate made of bread, that makes a soup more nourishing.