Kisel (Russian berry drink)

    22 min

    Russian kisel, also spelled kissel, is a thick drink with berries, similar to a smoothie. You can drink it on its own or pour it over your morning porridge. If you use tart berries such as cranberries, you don't need to add lemon juice. You can make kisel with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, redcurrants or blackcurrants.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 750ml water
    • 200g blueberries or other berries (frozen is fine)
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons cornflour, more to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:7min  ›  Ready in:22min 

    1. Bring water to the boil in a pot. Rinse the berries.
    2. Add berries, sugar and lemon juice to the boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes.
    3. Puree in your blender or with an immersion blender till smooth. Return it to the pot.
    4. Dissolve cornflour in cold water. 2 tablespoons will make a thin kisel. If you like it thicker, add 3 to 4 tablespoons.
    5. Add the cornflour mix to the pot. Simmer whilst stirring till thickened, do not boil. Remove from the heat and let cool.


    In Russia, potato (starch) flour is used.

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