The ‘rice tossing’ ritual at a Russian wedding ceremony. Source: RIA Novosti/ Ilya Pitalev
Rice porridge is boiled in milk and sweetened with sugar. Russians like to put some dry fruits, honey or jam in the rice porridge. They usually eat it for breakfast or as a dessert.
Rice porridge. Source: Shutter Stock/Legion Media
Gubadia is a traditional Tartar sweet pie with layers of boiled rice, chopped eggs and raisins.
Gubadia. Source: Archive Photo
Uha, Russian fish soup traditionally consisted of fish, potatoes and onions. Rice was a later entrant into the soup, but many families insist on adding a few spoons full of it into their Uha bowl.
Uha. Source: Shutter Stock
Russian Tefteli look like pure meatballs, but they aren’t. They are 50 percent meat and 50 percent rice. The correct term would be meat and rice balls.
Tefteli. Source: Photoxpress
Russians believe that if a dish has more salt than required, one should put some rice wrapped in butter-muslin in it. Rice can easily reduce excess salt in a dish.
Rice porridge on table. Source: Photoxpress
Tossing rice is a old custom that has long been popular in Russia. The idea behind throwing rice at the bride and groom at weddings is that it brings good luck and abundance.
The ‘rice tossing’ ritual at a Russian wedding ceremony. Source: RIA Novosti/Ilya Pitalev
In the Russian Orthodox tradition, on the day of a funeral, the family prepares and serves Kutia, a sweet porridge made with rice and raisins. Rice symbolizes eternal life and raisins, heavenly peace.
Kutia. Source: Photoxpress
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