Being Russian myself I have the courage to say this is a great borscht recipe with Russian flavor. Believe me. Remember the main thing: there is not the one authentic borcsht recipe, every single family make this dish her own way. There are thousand variations and interpretations of this dish. We have the main ingredients - beets, cabbage (not exactly red, you can easily use a regular white cabbage), potatoes, carrots and onions. And then use your imagination. Some people make meet borscht using pork or beef, some add mushrooms, I`ve heard of even adding prunes (one of many Ukranian variations). As to this recipe I would change the proportions a little just for my taste. I would use 1 1/2 cup beets, only one large onion and less tomato puree (tomatoes are optional but make the borscht tastier). Don`t substitute cumin for caraway seeds. Cumin has an oriental flavor that can ruin Russian flavor in borscht. If you don`t have caraway seeds just omit then, they are optional. And definitely serve the borscht with sour cream, very traditional. The borscht consistency depends on your personal preference, if you prefer thick, add less water or more vegetables, if you prefer watery, add more water. So if you want to try Russian borscht, this is a great recipe to start.
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