Russian Vegan Recipes
You may be surprised to know that the traditional Russian cuisine provides a huge variety of vegan dishes. That’s because traditionally most of Russian people are Orthodox Christians, and for more than half of the year they are prescribed to observe various spiritual fasts. During fast days Orthodox Christians should limit their needs, live and eat simply and modestly. I was delighted to know that more than 130 days every year Orthodox Christians should avoid eating any animal products, which actually means that they should eat the same way as vegans! Unfortunately, these days not so many people follow these wise rules, as modern generation is not very pious. But still, thanks to religious traditions, every Russian dish probably has its fast (or vegan) version.
Veganism is not very popular in Russia yet. Such seemingly indispensable vegan products as non-dairy milk, tofu, vegannaise and nutritional yeast are not readily available even in cosmopolitan cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. However, in my opinion it’s quite easy to be vegan in Russia, as a lot of healthy grains, root vegetables, mushrooms, legumes, some fruits and vegetables are available during the whole year.
Well, in this page I will collect my Russian vegan recipes, so that you will be able to find them all easily. Check this page,as I am going to update it regularly with new recipes.
Russian Vegan Appetizers
Squash Caviar (Ikra) is an unbelievably yummy vegetable pate which is extremely popular in Russia. It's so good on bread or crackers!
These beautiful eggplant rolls make my mouth water so desperately! Spectacular appetizer with a funny name!
Cabbage stuffed small pies are what Russian babushkas usually cook for their grandchildren, and that's why we love these pleasant home-made pastry dish! Mmm, the lovely taste of childhood!
Russian Vegan Salads
Olivier is the most loved salad in Russia. It's an absolute must for a New Year's celebration at every family! This is my vegan version which we created with my mom. It's so insanely delicious!
In Russia vinegrette is not a salad dressing but a beautiful salad made of cooked rooty vegetables with sauerkraut and pickles. It's very tasty, easy to make and absolutely vegan!
This is a vegan version of traditional Russian dish called Herring under a Fur Coat. It is a hearty and delicious salad which is served in every special occasion in Russia. But this time no herring was harmed.
Russian Vegan Soups
Shchi is definitely one of the most popular Russian soup and one of my favourite for sure!
vegan version of traditional Russian-Ukrainian beetroot soup. This is my mom's recipe and I swear it's outstanding!
Rassolnik is a simple and hearty staple soup of Russia. If you find the idea of pickle soup weird, give it a try, as you may be pleasantly surprised with the result!
Vegan kharcho soup is a generous gift of Georgian cuisine! This soup is very popular in the countries of former Soviet Union. Kharcho is an amazing dish that will warm your soul! Give it a chance and you will love it!
A rich vegan soup of mushrooms and barley! This hearty and deep-flavored Russian soup is very popular during the winter season. I usually cook it with dried boletus, but you can use any wild mushrooms you have on hand.
Easy-to-make and incredibly delicious soup which reminds me the taste of Russian fish soup called Ukha. My friends couldn't believe I cooked it without any fish. In fact, this is nori what gives those sea flavours to the soup.
Russian Vegan Entrees
These stunning Russian dumplings came from Siberia, the region of severe winters! The dish is super-popular in Russia, so don't miss a chance to try the taste of Russia!
For those who is not familiar with buckwheat, I strongly recommend to buy these healthy grains and try this recipe. It's also known as kasha and definetely can be found in Russian or Ukranian stores.
Russian Vegan Desserts
These are truly amazing vegan blini! Delicate, fluffy traditional Russian pancakes we enjoyed during all the previous week and still are not going to stop!
These thick and fluffy pancakes will melt in your mouth! The recipe is very easy and you will need only 4 ingredients to cook an amazing breakfast for you and your family!
What is the most traditional fall pie in Russia? It's Sharlotka apple pie of course! Here is my veganised recipe of this amazing dessert.
Apple pie is the most common pie of Russian cuisine. This version is veganised and healthy. You will never believe that it's egg, dairy, refined sugar and gluten free!
Russian Vegan Beverages
Morse is a traditional Russian drink made of forest berries, honey and water. Try this revitalizing raw berry drink to support your health during long winter months. This yummy and healthy drink will make you feel and look good!
In case you have any suggestions, please write me in the comment section, what Russian dish you'd like to see in my blog.
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