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Pearl Barley Rassolnik

Pearl Barley Rassolnik step-by-step recipe |
"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!"

Ingredients Serves 6

  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 pickles
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 allspice berries (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup pickle brine


  1. First wash and soak the barley in hot water for at least 30-40 minutes. Then drain and rinse.

    Pearl Barley Rassolnik
  2. Prepare the vegetables: cube the potatoes, shred the carrot, cut the onion into small cubes, cut the pickles in half lengthwise, then slice into thin semicirles.

    Pearl Barley Rassolnik
  3. In a medium size pan bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add the pre-soaked pearl barley, reduce the heat to low and simmer half-covered for 20 minutes. Next, add the potato, bay leave, allspice and salt, and cook for 10 minutes.

    Pearl Barley Rassolnik
  4. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet. Stir-fry the onion and carrot over medium heat for 5 minutes, until they are soft.

    Pearl Barley Rassolnik
  5. Add the sauted vegetables and pickles to the soup and cook for further 10 minutes. Towards the end of cooking, add one cup of pickle brine, bring to a boil and turn off the heat. Serve hot, garnish with finely chopped dill.

    Pearl Barley Rassolnik

Author: vegelicacy

Posted on: 26 March 2014

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Diet type: vegan
Category: first course
Difficulty: easy
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Holly 3 April 2014
Love, love Rassolnik!! A healthy and delicious soup! Thank you so much for sharing traditional Russian VEGAN recipes, I am a huge fan of your website!

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vegelicacy 3 April 2014
Thank you, Holly, it's my pleasure!

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Anastazja 2 July 2017
that was sooooo good! thank you :) grettings from Poland!

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vegelicacy 11 February 2018
Thank you Anastazja!

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