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Green day, green soup: Ukrainian nettle soup recipe


The weather forecasts predicted a rainy day today, but it turned out to be sunny and green. So, I cooked another one of traditional Ukrainian soups, the nettle soup.

nettle soup recipe

This green soup is very healthy and rich with vitamins. Stinging nettle along with ramson are the first greens in Ukraine. And, they are free! We use only the first, young and tender nettle leaves. They almost sting free. Still, I used rubber gloves to pick the nettle for my green soup. I have nice young bush of it growing right in my yard.

Here is how you make this Ukrainian nettle green soup:

Make a broth. I used both chicken and hot dogs for it. Then you add some potatoes, carrots and onions. You may also add 2 chopped garlic cloves into the broth. And, add rice. I added 3 table spoons of it. Let the whole thing boil till rice and potatoes get cooked. Then, at the very last moment you add some chopped nettle and green onions. I also add a table spoon of sunflower oil at the very end of it. I turn the heat off and let the green soup stay for half an hour to get the nettle cooked.

This Ukrainian nettle green soup should be served hot with sour cream.

Ukrainian recipes: dumplings


Making dumplings is a very traditional Ukrainian type of food. You can find other Ukrainian recipes in my blog: Borsch, Deruni, Sirniki, Trickled pastries soup. There are the famous Poltava dumplings and here is a quick and easy recipe for them.

Dumplings

dumplings recipe: ingredients

1 cup of sour milk or keffir

1 egg

1/2 tea spoon of baking soda

1/2 tea spoon of salt

Flour

Making: Ukrainian dumplings

Mix sour milk with egg and add salt and soda. Mix in the flour.

Ukrainian dumplingsAdd enough flour to mix a dough that does not stick to your hands, when you knead it.

Leave it to sit in a warm spot for half an hour.

Then you knead it again. You may have to add just a bit more of flour. You roll the dough between your palms to form a long ‘sausage’ stick out of it. Then you cut out small pieces of it. Set the water to boil, add salt throw in your Ukrainian dumplings, once it starts boiling.

Once you get them out, you can serve them hot with butter or sour cream, or you can make a sauce or a dressing for the dumplings.

I fried some chicken liver with onions to serve along with these.

Ukrainian dumplings recipe

Authentic Ukrainian dumplings recipe

Potato recipe: Ukrainian potato pancakes “Deruni”.


This is a fast and delicious potato recipe. These potato pancakes are called in Ukraine Deruni. Deruni means grated. Grating is the key word in making Deruni.

Potato recipe

Ingredients for this potato recipe:

potato recipe

4-5 potatoes

1 egg

Salt

Some green onions

2 table spoons of flour

Making of Deruni:

You peel and grate potatoes. I grate with my food processor, as I hate hand grating! It takes about 3 min. I add the egg, salt, flour and green onions. Done!

You heat up the pan, pour plant oil in generously and fry Deruni on both sides, as you do with regular pancakes.

You can serve Deruni with homemade mayonnaise (https://busymomhelp.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/it-takes-5-min-to-make-your-home-mayonnaise-quick-mayonnaise-recipe/),

pickled cucumbers and sour cabage. Serve them hot.

potato recipe