Kisiel or kisel (Russian: "кисель" "kisél’") is a popular dessert in Eastern and
Northern Europe. It consists of sweetened juice or milk, thickened with arrowroot, cornstarchor potato starch; sometimes red wineor dried fruits are added. It is similar to the Danish Rødgrødand German Rote Grütze.
Kissel can be served either hot or cold, also together with sweetened quark or
semolina pudding. Kissel can also be served on pancakes or with ice cream. If the kissel is made using less thickening starch, it can be drunk - this is common in Russia.
Its name is derived from the old Slavic word meaning any kind of sour substance, as sour fruits are preferred. In the
Tale of Bygone Yearsthere is a story of how kissel saved a city.
Kissel is made by first mixing water with potato flour and smashed fruits, then boiling this mixture.
Recently it is also possible to buy instant kissel. Nowadays most Polish households prepare kissel from instant mixes instead of the traditional way. The most popular flavours are
strawberry, gooseberry, and raspberry. In Russia, the most popular flavours are cranberry, cherry, and red currant. Cranberry kissel (Lithuanian: "spanguolių kisielius") is a traditional meal on Kūčios( Christmas Evesupper) in Lithuania.
In Finland, kisel is called "kiisseli" and is often made of blueberries (since those can often be found growing wild in the forests and are thus both easy to gather and free) as well as from prunes, apricots, strawberries, etc. The thickness can vary depending on how much potato flour is used: thin blueberry soup is most easily consumed by drinking while the thickest version is almost like jelly and is eaten with a spoon.
Rhubarbcan also be used, but it's often combined with strawberries to make it less tart.
* [http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_28735,00.html Apple-Cranberry Kissel with Sweet Sour Cream]
* [http://www.ruscuisine.com/cooking-recipes/index.php/Beverages/?recipe=433&offset=0 Berry Kissel recipe]
* [http://www.recipezaar.com/136117 Cranberry kissel]
* [http://www.recipeland.com/recipe/11887/ Hot Cranberry Kissel]
* [http://www.jewish-food.org/recipes/rbkissel.htm Red Berry Kissel]
* [http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/14223 Summer Berry Basil Kissel]
* [http://www.answers.com/topic/kissel “Kissel”] from the "
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