In the 9th century, when Russian farmers first learned how to grow cabbage, they started to use the vegetable in an easy-to-cook soup originally called "sti."
Since then, the aroma of shchi, which quickly became the staple food of the country, has never left Russian buildings.
Shchi can be cooked with or without meat – there are plenty of variations and options. Here's the "basic" recipe for shchi – try it out and improvise!
A tip: try adding potatoes and fresh tomatoes to this recipe. Just peel and slice the potatoes and put them in a soup pot ten to 15 minutes after you put the cabbage in. Add sliced tomatoes at the end of cooking along with the spices.
Also, fried flour can be used instead of potatoes.