Traditional Russian Food: Kissel Recipe (Fruit Drink)

February 17, 2014

How to Make Kissel - traditional russian fruit drink How to Make Kissel - traditional russian fruit drink How to Make Kissel - traditional russian fruit drink How to Make Kissel - traditional russian fruit drink

How about getting into Olympics mood with a sweet recipe straight from Russia? Kissel is a fruit drink or fruit soup. It can be served hot or cold. It can be liquid-y, or firm like jelly and eaten with a spoon as a dessert. All kinds of fruits and berries can be used. Kissel is popular in all countries of Eastern Europe where the ingredients and preparation vary. As always I prefer simple recipes and time-saving preparation.

Vegan Kissel Recipe (Fruity Russian Drink)


Jam or fruit preservative 1 jar

Arrowroot/Tapioca/Potato powder/starch 3-5 Tbsp


1. Blend or whisk one jar of fruit jam of your choice (for making a drink it’s better to use jam without whole fruits or berries) with water to get it smooth.
2. Bring it to boil.
3. Mix the powder/starch of your choice in a glass of cold water (the thicker you want the more starch is used).
4. Slowly pour starch solution into boiling fruit water and stir it at the same time. Keep stirring until thickened.
5. Turn off fire and wait a few minutes before serving hot or let it cool for a cold dessert.

How to make Kissel


More vegan Russian food from Larisa: Beet Spread

Cabbage Soup (Shchi)

Blini and Oladi


Photo: Larisa Tazmin


A passionate environmentalist, Larisa Tazmin stopped consuming any kind of animal protein long ago after realizing how much resources are taken from nature and how much toxic waste is released in order to produce animal food. Having recently retired from her 9-to-5 job, Larisa is looking for an opportunity to help others lead a healthy life through lifestyle coaching based on her knowledge of plant-based alkaline living and fitness (Bikram yoga, jogging, kickboxing/karate, swimming, rebounding). Larisa's other passions are traveling, writing, and learning to dance. Larisa lives in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and she is originally from Siberia, Russia.


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