Traditional Russian Food: Simple SHCHI Soup (Cabbage Soup) Recipe – Soups are one of the typical Russian dishes. Some traditional Russian soups are shchi soup. However, the typical Russian soup is divided into two types namely soup that is served hot and cold served soup that is usually consumed in the summer. But our time we will make the soup that is served while still hot or warm, that is Shchi soup. This Shchi soup has the main ingredient of cabbage. Many materials are used to make Shchi, but the components that must be used are cabbage, meat (fish or mushrooms), carrots, basil, onions, celery, garlic, pepper and a component that has sour flavor such as smetana, apples, sauerkraut, and water Pickled. This soup is commonly eaten with bread.
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) butter
- 1 large chopped onion
- 1 large head cabbage cut into shreds
- 1 large peeled and coarsely grated carrot
- 1 chopped celery rib
- 1 bay leaf
- Black peppercorns to taste
- 8 cups water or vegetable stock
- 2 large peeled and coarsely chopped russet potatoes
- 2 large peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes or 1 (14-ounce) can undrained diced tomatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh dill for garnish
- Sour cream for garnish
Steps to Make It:
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, sauté onion in butter until translucent.
Add shredded cabbage, coarsely grated carrot and chopped celery and sauté about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add bay leaf, black peppercorns to taste and 8 cups water or vegetable stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
Add peeled and coarsely chopped potatoes to soup and bring back to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add the chopped fresh tomatoes or undrained canned tomatoes and bring back to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.
Remove bay leaf and peppercorns from the pot. Some cooks leave the peppercorns in. Serve soup in warm bowls with dill and sour cream as garnish. Accompany with rye bread, if desired.