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5 Russian Foods To Include In Your Lent Meals

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Lent Dish

Before starting this write-up on lent meal, I was wondering if Russians follow lent… To be precise, No! Not all follow.


Season of Lent is up to forty-day season to mark the demise and renaissance of Jesus Christ. The most obvious was to restrict all the food items like meat, poultry, fish, etc.


Food for lent for Russians is typically energetic in taste, with mustard, horseradish, and dill among the main flavorings.


According to Russian practice, usage of olive oil is a must and fish is allowed too. There is a strict cut on usage of meat, eggs, and dairy products.


Russian Foods in your lent meals


Russian Lenten Mushroom Soup


This soup is ideal choice for the Great Lent. It doesn’t include any meat; it mainly contains mushrooms and has vegetables (celery roots, carrot, potato and parsley) as well as pearl barley.


Fasolakia Freska


This dish uses olive oil extensively including vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, fish, wine and various meats, including poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, yogurt, cheese, courgette, and aubergine.





Empanada is made by folding a dough or bread patty around the stuffing. The stuffing can consist of a variety of meats, vegetables, or even fruits.



Mämmi Easter Dessert Pudding


Sweetened oven-baked rye malt porridge, served with sugar and milk or cream, available frozen around the year.


Pasta al forno


The recipe usually consists of tubular pasta shapes, a tomato sauce, small beef and pork meatballs and halved hard boiled eggs. Mozzarella can be added as a topping before it’s baked in the oven for the crispy texture.

Lent meals vary from country to country and from family to family.  However the season of lent is mostly spent in prayers.


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5 Russian Foods To Include In Your Lent Meals