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Gombovtsi

Area: Western Ukraine

Eggplants in the Kherson style

Area: Southern Ukraine

Sprat rissoles

Area: Southern Ukraine

Dolma

Area: Southern Ukraine

Kapusnyak (Cabbage soup)

Area: Central Ukraine

Hrechanyky (Buckwheat Cutlets)

Area: Eastern Ukraine

Bograch

Area: Western Ukraine

Galician cheesecake

Area: Western Ukraine

Varenyky

Area: Northern Ukraine, Western Ukraine

Banosh

Area: Western Ukraine

Chicken Kyiv

Area: Northern Ukraine

Deruny

Area: Northern Ukraine

Poltava halushky

Area: Central Ukraine

Kruchenyky

Area: Central Ukraine

Borsch with pampushkas

Area: Central Ukraine, Northern Ukraine

Pies with viburnum

Area: Central Ukraine, Northern Ukraine

Gutsul Varya (Beetrut salad)

Area: Western Ukraine

Friga

Area: Western Ukraine

Kholodets (Meat Jelly)

Area: Eastern Ukraine

Salo

Area: Northern Ukraine, Western Ukraine

Polyadvytsya

Area: Western Ukraine

Shovdar

Area: Western Ukraine

Cheburek

Area: Southern Ukraine

Bublyky (bagels)

Area: Eastern Ukraine

Uzvar

Area: Central Ukraine, Northern Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Western Ukraine, Southern Ukraine

Kalganivka (type of tincture)

Area: Central Ukraine, Northern Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Western Ukraine, Southern Ukraine

Nastoika

Area: Central Ukraine, Northern Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Western Ukraine, Southern Ukraine

Horilka

Area: Central Ukraine, Northern Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Western Ukraine, Southern Ukraine

Spotykach (type of infusion)

Area: Central Ukraine, Northern Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Western Ukraine, Southern Ukraine

Food and beverages

The dishes on the table of our ancestors were determined by their way of life. Ukrainians have long been a hard-working people, so the food had to be very easy to prepare, but hearty and tasty. In addition, the main occupation of Ukrainians was harvesting and agriculture. Therefore, they ate vegetable dishes and various pastries every day. The proverb stating that "borsch and porridge are our meals" accurately reflects the diet of Ukrainians. Dishes were served with salo, sour cream, mushrooms or fish. Meat dishes were eaten only on holidays.

Another characteristic feature of Ukrainian cuisine is the almost complete absence of fried food in the diet. This is due to the peculiarity of the oven in which the dishes were cooked. Instead, the products were stewed, cooked and baked.

And what did our ancestors drink? Kvas, zbyten (hot honey water with spices), compote were among the favorite drinks . As for alcoholic beverages, the most popular were vodka tinctures that appeared in Ukraine during the Cossack era. It was used to make mead, pepper, and garlic tinctures.