Since you belong to one of the amazing places on earth. You should introduce atleast these 5 cuisines to your international friends since i really loved when i read about them. In case you want to tell them how it looks like then ask them to visit this page to have a look 😉 I would really like to have these once i visit Lithuania 😀 Wonder one thing though, these are so rich in calories but how come lithuanian girls are so slim and smart?
1. Didžkukuliai or Cepelinai: the National Dish
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Didžkukuliai, more often known as cepelinai is probably the most popular Lithuanian dish. While it’s considered an old traditional meal now, potatoes were brought to Lithuania in 17th century and only became widely used for food in the beginning of 19th century.
Cepelinai are big, Zeppelin-shaped (that’s where they get their name from) dumplings made from potatoes stuffed with meat. They are usually served with sour cream, spirgai or mushrooms. Some restaurants serve a vegetarian version of the cepelinai made with a curd filling instead of meat. As you can imagine, it’s a rather filling meal with enough calories to make any light eater or dieter run for the hills. I would myself prefer the vegetarian version of it 🙂
2. Juoda Duona – Black (Rye) Bread
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So this is the bread you were talking about last time 🙂 Duona (bread) is probably the oldest traditional Lithuanian food that has been the center of Lithuanian cuisine for hundreds of years. It played a role in various agrarian rituals and still is sometimes used in wedding ceremonies. Bread was shown great respect and viewed as holy.
Lithuanian dark rye bread is delicious, heavy, fragrant and can remain fresh for a long time. It can be eaten during breakfast, lunch or dinner. However, it isn’t as popular these days as it was in old times. Really like to have this one.
3. Šaltibarščiai – Cold Borscht (Beetroot Soup)
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Šaltibarščiai is a popular summer soup. It’s made from cooked shredded beets, cucumber, dill and green onions. All the vegetables are put into a pot and cold soured milk or kefir is added. Šaltibarščiai are usually served with hot boiled or fried potatoes on the side. Sometimes a sliced hard-boiled egg is added into the plate as well. It’s a great meal on a hot summer day. Now i wonder why you like beetroot 😀
4. Bulviniai blynai
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Bulviniai blynai, or potato pancakes are one of the many Lithuanian dishes made from potatoes. They are usually served with sour cream, sometimes with mushrooms. They are oh-so-very tasty, never mind the extra calories. Wanna try this one too.
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Gira is a fermented drink made from black rye bread. It is considered a soft drink but contains some alcohol (0.05-1.5%) due to natural fermentation process. Girahas a unique flavor, contains a lot of vitamin B and is a great drink for a hot day. It is known as “kvass” in Russia and is popular in other countries of Eastern Europe as well.