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Popular Ukrainian dishes
Popular Ukrainian dishes

Ukrainian cuisine is the collection of the various cooking traditions of Ukrainian people accumulated over many years. The cuisine is heavily influenced by the rich dark soil (chornozem) from which its ingredients come and often involves many components.[1]

The national dish of Ukraine that undeniably originates from the country is borscht. However, varenyky and holubtsi are also considered national favourites of the Ukrainian people and are a common meal in traditional Ukrainian restaurants.[2]

Often referred to as the "breadbasket of Europe"[3] the Ukrainian cuisine emphasizes the importance of wheat and grain to the Ukrainian people and its often tumultuous history with it. The majority of Ukrainian dishes descend from ancient peasant dishes based on plentiful grain resources such as rye as well as staple vegetables such as potato, cabbages, mushrooms and beetroots. Ukrainian dishes incorporate both traditional Slavic techniques as well as other European techniques, a byproduct of years of foreign jurisdiction and influence.

The Ukrainian cuisine incorporates a variety of different food branches (carbohydrates, fats, protein, fruits and vegetables) due to the large size of the country and the plentiful edible resources. Traditional Ukrainian dishes often experience a complex heating process - "at first they are fried or boiled, and then stewed or baked. This is the most distinctive feature of Ukrainian cuisine".[4]


Ukrainian borshch with smetana
Ukrainian borshch with smetana

Salads and appetizers

Traditional Ukrainian paska
Traditional Ukrainian paska

Bread and wheat products are important to Ukrainian cuisine. Decorations on the top can be elaborate for celebrations.

Main courses

Varenyky stuffed with meat, served with fried onions and sour cream
Varenyky stuffed with meat, served with fried onions and sour cream
Kruchenyky served with kasha and a mushroom sauce
Kruchenyky served with kasha and a mushroom sauce







See also


  1. ^ "Food in Ukraine - Ukrainian Food, Ukrainian Cuisine - traditional, popular, dishes, recipe, diet, history, common, meals, staple".
  2. ^ "5 Best Ukraine traditional Foods".
  3. ^ "The Bread Basket of Europe". InfoPlease.
  4. ^ "Ukrainian National Food and Cuisine".
  5. ^ a b c d "Cuisine – Flavors and Colors of Ukrainian Culture." Accessed July 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Ukraine National Food, Meals and Cookery." Accessed July 2011.
  7. ^ Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky). (2010-11-20). Retrieved on 2016-12-17.
  8. ^ Recipe: Kutia, Star of the Ukrainian Christmas Eve Supper. Retrieved on 2016-12-17.

Further reading


Restaurants in Kyiv