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Chernihiv Borscht Recipe

Chernihiv Borscht Recipe

Immerse yourself in the world of aromatic and hearty Chernihiv borscht with its unique taste enhanced by apple, bell pepper, and buckwheat. This recipe will guide you through making this delightful dish step by step, adding the distinctive flavor and aroma of bacon. Enjoy every hot sip of this ancient Ukrainian delicacy!


  • 400g beef (preferably with bones), 
  • 2 medium beets, 
  • 1 large carrot, 
  • 1 large onion, 
  • 2-3 medium potatoes, 
  • 1 medium apple, 
  • 1 small bell pepper, 
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat, 
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying), 
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, 
  • 2 bay leaves, 
  • Salt and pepper to taste, 
  • 1-2 tbsp vinegar (optional), 
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar (to taste), 
  • 2-3 tbsp tomato paste, 
  • Fresh herbs (dill, parsley) for serving, 
  • Sour cream for serving, 
  • Some bacon for frying
1h 30m cooking
6 number
Recipe Difficulty: Medium

How to Make Chernihiv Borscht Recipe

  1. Prepare the Ingredients
    • Cut the beef into medium-sized cubes. 
    • Peel and dice the beets, carrots, onions, and potatoes. 
    • Peel and dice the apple. 
    • Chop the bell pepper into small pieces. 
    • Rinse the buckwheat in cold water and drain.
  2. Saute the Ingredients
    • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot. Add a small piece of bacon for flavor and fry until the fat starts to render. 
    • Add the onion and garlic, sauté until softened. 
    • Then add the carrots and beets, sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables are softened. 
    • Add the beef and fry until browned.
  3. Cook the Borscht
    • Add the diced potatoes to the pot. 
    • Pour in enough boiling water to cover all the ingredients and bring to a boil. 
    • Once boiling, add the buckwheat and simmer over medium heat until the meat and potatoes are cooked through (usually about 20-30 minutes). 
    • When the borscht is almost ready, add the diced apple and bell pepper. 
    • Finally, add the tomato paste, stir well, and let it simmer for another 5-7 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper, and adjust seasoning if necessary. 
    • Optionally, add vinegar and sugar to balance the flavors.
  4. Serving
    • Serve the borscht hot, garnished with fresh herbs and a dollop of sour cream in each bowl. 
    • You can serve it with sliced black bread or garlic croutons.

Enjoy your meal!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • Calories: approximately 250-300 kcal 
  • Protein: about 15-20 g 
  • Fat: approximately 10-15 g 
  • Carbohydrates: about 25-30 g 
  • Vitamin C: approximately 20-30 mg 
  • Iron: about 2-3 mg
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date 10 Feb
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