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.
More vegan Russian food from Larisa: Beet Spread
Photo: Larisa Tazmin