FamilyChef: Ukrainian Borsch

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In Ukraine, the World Food Programme provides internally displaced and conflict-affected people with food assistance through food distributions and food vouchers. Iuliia Korzh was with a young mother from Donetsk who showed her how to prepare Borsch Soup, a typical Ukrainian dish.


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1) Boil 2 litres of water, add the meat and the bay leaf and cook for 90 minutes over medium heat.

2) Remove the meat and bay leaf from the pot.

3) Grate the cabbage, carrots and beetroot. Chop the onions and cut the potatoes into bite-size cubes.  

4) Add the potatoes to the meat broth and cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, sauté the onion in a separate pan in sunflower oil until tender, then add grated carrots and beetroot and sauté for 5 more minutes. Add the tomato sauce and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Then add the vegetables to the broth.

5) Add the cabbage and boil for 10 more minutes, adding the salt and sugar. 

6) When the borsch is cooked (when the potatoes are cooked), add the meat and serve with herbs, garlic sour cream and bread.

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