Russian Vegetarian Recipes: Best 6 Russian Vegetarian Recipes

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Russian Vegetarian Recipes
Russian Vegetarian Recipes

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Best 6 Russian Vegetarian Recipes

1. Meatless schi

Russian “meatless schi” is a famous dish in many Eastern European countries. It is traditional, delicious, and full of nutrients. You can prevent cardiovascular diseases by eating this meal, and it will also lower your cholesterol.


  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 20 g of salt
  • 10 g of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of flour (white flour) (optional)


Step1. Peel and wash potatoes, cut them into cubes. Step2. Put the potatoes in a pot, add enough water to cover them. Add salt and pepper and bring to boil. Lower the heat and cook until potatoes are tender about 20-30 minutes.

Step2. While potatoes are cooking, prepare a cumin seed mixture (about 20 g). To prepare it, put cumin seeds in a mortar and grind them with a pestle or blender.

Step3. Add the cumin seed mixture to the potatoes. Add flour and mix it well.

Step4. Check if the potatoes are ready and add more flour if necessary to stick together better.

Step5. To have a crust on the sides of the (meatless), place it in a frying pan with a bit of oil on each side of the pan.

Cook on both sides until browned and crispy, about 15-20 minutes Step6. The ship can be served as a side dish with meat dishes.

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2. Stuffed cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is a traditional dish for Eastern European dinner tables. This dish is straightforward to prepare, nutritious, and tasty, especially if you add rice with vegetable sauce.


  • 1 head of cabbage (100 cm length and 80 cm width)
  • 10 g of salt
  • 10 g of pepper
  • 20 g of butter (or oil)


Step1. Cut the cabbage into two halves and remove the heart.

Step2. Mix salt, pepper, and butter (or oil) and thoroughly mix it with each half of chopped cabbage. Wrap it in foil, place it in a pot with water and lower the heat to a minimum. Cook for about 1 hour or until ready.

Step3. When ready, let cool off and open with a knife along the line where we cut the cabbage into halves so that all layers can be seen

Step4. Fill each half with cooked rice and vegetable sauce.

3. Russian salad

Russian salad is a trendy dish in Russia. It was named “Soviet” because it was the most common food during Soviet times, but basically, it is just a simple mix of vegetables and fruits that are very easy to cook.


  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 carrots
  • 100 g of green beans (fresh) (optional)
  • 100 g of corn kernels (canned or frozen, no salt added)
  • 1 onion (10 cm length) finely chopped  (or 1/2 – 1 cm long green onion, if you like it green)
  • 1-2 tablespoons parsley,
  • fresh and chopped  (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley leaves,
  • or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)
  • 1 tablespoon of dill (freshly.


Step 1. Wash, peel and cut vegetables into small pieces: tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots.

Step 2. Add all vegetables to a salad bowl.

Step 3. Thoroughly mix all vegetables with green onions (if you like your salad) and parsley or dill.

Step 4. You can add salt, but this is optional, as the salad will be eaten together with meat dishes that already have salt added.

Step 5. Before serving, you may add 3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

4. Tender cabbage (vegetarian)

Tender cabbage is also a classic Eastern European dish. There are many ways to cook tender cabbage, but this recipe is most straightforward and tasty.

You can make it with beef bouillon if you prefer vegetarian food for the holidays (for example, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day). This meal is very nutritious and tasty.


  • 4 medium-sized potatoes (170 cm length, 80 cm width)
  • 1 ½ l of water
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons parsley,  freshly chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried parsley leaves.  (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)
  • ½ head of cabbage (100 cm length, 50-60 cm width), washed and chopped into 3 pieces.


Step 1. Wash and peel potatoes, cut them into cubes. Could you place them in a pot with water? Add salt and pepper, add 3-4 tablespoons of butter (or oil), and cook on low heat for about 30-40 minutes until tender.

Step 2. Add cabbage to the potatoes and mix it well. Step 3. Serve hot with sour cream or without sour cream.

5. Vegetarian sarma

Vegetarian sarma is a very complex dish. There are numerous ways to prepare it, but this is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes.

If you want to make traditional sarmas that are served on Russian dining tables on Christmas Eve, replace cabbage with pickled cabbage (sour cabbage).


  • 2-3 large potatoes (200 cm length and 50 cm width).
  • 2 carrots.  (optional)
  • 1 cup of oatmeal (250 g)  (or 2 cups of cooked rice for meat dishes)
  • 1 cup of vegetable sauce
  • salt, pepper, and butter (for mix-filling) (optional)


Step 1. Peel and wash potatoes and cut them into cubes. Put them in a pot with water, add salt and pepper. Cook on low heat for about 15-20 minutes, until tender.

Step 2. Cut carrots into small pieces, put them in a pot with water, and cook for about 10-15 minutes until tender.

Step 3. Place the carrots with potatoes in a bowl, add oatmeal or rice (1 cup for meat dishes). Add vegetable sauce and mix it well by hand. Add salt, pepper, and butter (or oil) to your taste.

Step 4. Prepare cabbage rolls: place cabbage leaves on the table one by one with the broader end facing upward. Put a heaping teaspoon of the mix-filling in the center of each leaf and roll it up, squeeze out excess water, and put it in a pot with cabbage rolls (refer to the video below).

Step 5. Place cabbage rolls on top of each other, add 1/2 l of water, and lower the heat to a minimum. Cook for about 45 minutes or until the bottom of the rolls are white and crispy.

6.  Vegetarian dumplings

Vegetarian dumpling is a popular dish in Eastern Europe, especially in Russia. There are many different ways to prepare dumplings in this region, but this is one of the most straightforward recipes.

If you are not a vegetarian, you may add bacon to make delicious meaty dumplings.


  • 3-4 large potatoes (200 cm length and 50 cm width).
  • 1 cup of rice (250 g) (for meat dishes, you can use this rice or 2 cups of cooked rice)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • 1.5-2 cups of vegetable sauce
  • , salt, and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter (or oil) for mix-filling.  (optional)  (or 4-5 slices of bacon for meat dishes)


Step 1. Peel and cut potatoes into cubes and cook them in a pot with water; add salt and pepper.

Step 2.  Cut eggs into small pieces (optional).  Mix eggs with sour cream, add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Step 3. 5 minutes before the potatoes are ready, add rice to a pot with water, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of butter (or oil). Cook on low heat until tender.

Step 4. Place cooked rice and eggs with sour cream into a bowl, add 2-3 tablespoons of butter (or oil) to the mix. Mix well.

Step 5.  Place vegetables in the center of a plate, add boiled potatoes inside vegetables. Add the rice mixture on top of the potatoes and serve it hot.

If you like your dish to be more juicy and spicy, you can add more vegetable sauce on top (1-2 tablespoons).

The Bottom Line

Many of the recipes from this article are traditional Russian dishes. If you are not a vegetarian, you may use meat instead of vegetables for meat dishes and add bacon, ham, or pork for dumplings.

Of course, there are many other ways to prepare the mentioned dishes: add more butter or oil to meat, replace some of the potatoes with rye bread for stuffing and add mushrooms for dumplings. Enjoy!

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