The Russian breakfast is very different from the food traditions of the East or West. For all the popularity of foreign cuisines in this country, most of the Russians still start their day with traditional Russian dishes.
Porridge, pancakes, batter cakes, fritters, scrambled eggs, and cottage cheese with jam have not been outcompeted with yogurt, granola, cornflakes, croissants and other overseas breakfasts. Yes, the latter ones have entered our lives in Russia, but still the food habits generated in childhood still determine our choice.
Porridge is an indispensable and possibly the most staple food in the Russian cuisine. Porridges are boiled in water or milk, with the addition of butter or milk. There are many varieties of porridge recipes, as well as the kinds of cereals popular and widely affordable: oats, buckwheat, rice, millet, etc.
Find recipes of Russian porridges here
2. Cottage Cheese and Curd Fritters
Cottage cheese is a very traditional product for the Russian cuisine, which has a great number of dishes with its use. It can be the base for curd fritters, curd dumplings (vareniki) and curd pudding (Russian cheesecake), make a sweet topping or a salty snacks, or is eaten just as it is, flavored with sugar, honey, jam, fresh fruit and berries, or sour cream.
Curd fritters (syrniki) are very popular for the Russian breakfast. They can be cooked with the addition of raisins and served with sour cream or jam.
Syrniki – Traditional Russian Curd Fritters – Recipe and Tips
3. Pancakes and Batter Cakes
Have you ever met at least one Russian person who does not like pancakes or batter cakes? They are especially favoured by us for breakfast. But most often they are cooked at the weekends, when there is more free time. The smell of pancakes coming from the kitchen will wake up anybody at home, and tasty sour cream and condensed milk will complement the already delicious breakfast. Everyone has their own preferences in terms of recipes for pancake batter and fillings. Some people like plain pancakes with sour cream, some are fond of pancakes with curd or meat fillings, while rare gourmets can afford famous pancakes with caviar...
Here are some recipes of Russian pancakes for you
4. Omelet, Fried and Boiled Eggs
Being one the easiest-to-cook products, eggs enjoy wide popularity as a fast and satiating breakfast food. No wonder that a number of egg dishes have become so widely used in the everyday life of Russians, especially on working days for breakfast. The most typical of them are omelet, scrambled eggs, sunny-side-up eggs or just hard-boiled or soft-boiled eggs. The most favorite varieties are eggs fried with sausage, or with bunch-onion, or with onions and tomatoes.
The fantasy of the Russian people is just limitless when it comes to sandwiches. You can put anything you want on your slice of bread - boiled sausage, smoked sausage, boiled ham, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, caviar, sprats, or fish. And you can simply spread butter or jam (or both) on your slice of bread!
Russian Jam: Traditions and History
6. Morning Tea
Well, what is a Russian breakfast without tea drinking? In Russia, tea has long become a traditional and favorite drink. Tea is still more popular than coffee here. Everybody heard about the famous Russian tea drinking with a samovar.
Of course, that does not apply to modern everyday breakfasts, but to celebrating the traditions and folk festivities. And yet, a morning cup of black Ceylon, Indian, Chinese or Kenyan tea is customary for most of the Russian families. Tea traditionally goes with sugar, honey or jam, as well as gingerbreads, biscuit, bagels, or pies with various fillings.
Samovar – Russian Tea Machine
Author: Vera Ivanova