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Another Rhubarb recipe, this time for Kissel (Russian dessert drink)

Kissel is essentially a fruit drink that’s been thickened with a bit of starch. It’s like drinking jello :). Kissel is a popular after-dinner drink in Russia and can be served hot or cold. I like my kissel hot, perfect for winter!

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I’ve written in an earlier post about my Rhubarb find at Saturday’s Farmer’s Market and how to turn it into a delicious crisp. Today I decided to venture into the land of childhood favourites with kissel. It came out great! Delicious and warming, highly recommended.


  • 1 cup of chopped Rhubarb (can also add strawberries or apples)
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar (or honey)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of corn or potato starch


  1. Boil Rhubarb in water for 15-20 minutes. At this point it will become soft and mushy. You can either leave it as is or put it though a strainer to take out the pulp.
  2. Dissolve starch in a little bit of warm water and add to Rhubarb brew.
  3. Bring to boil and set aside.

That’s it! I think it will be fun to add other berries to this drink, and you can also make it with dried fruit when fresh is not in season.

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