Siberia Survival Guide. Part I. Fuel Food.


Siberia is an extensive geographical region constituting almost all of North Asia. The territory of Siberia extends eastward from the Ural Mountains to the watershed between the Pacific and Arctic drainage basins. Siberia stretches southward from the Arctic Ocean to the hills of north-central Kazakhstan, then to the national borders of Mongolia and China. Siberia makes up about 77% of Russia’s territory (13.1 million square kilometres), but is home to only 28% (40 million people) of Russia’s population. (via Siberia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.) Siberia is one of the coldest places in the world. Temperatures may drop to -60°F (-51.1°C) in January.

How Siberian Aboriginals Survive Harsh Cold

ENG: As you know Siberia is not the warmest place. Buryats, siberian aboriginal nomad tribes, know this better than others. Their traditional cuisine abounds with meals that make you sated and brisk and more than that warm.

Lets get acquainted with a couple of  the simpliest to cook meals.

First one is SALAMAT

ceremonial offering that rejuvenates and gives energy in a winter time.


Bring sour cream to the boil, stir constantly. Add flour, cook until drawn butter shows up. Add some salt.

Another one is ZUTARANSA, or “tea cooked in the kettle”, some kind of tea soup actually.

Traditionaly it’s a salty green or black tea cooked with Salamat and bread crumbs. I’m offering you a receipt that is changed a bit and adopted to modern western palate.

Green or black tea soak in hot (not boiling) water. Then bring to the boil. Add some milk, and boil for 5 minutes. After that add a large piece of butter. When butter is melted add some ginger and spoon of honey.

Also good as a cold treatment.


5 thoughts on “Siberia Survival Guide. Part I. Fuel Food.

  1. Oh wow, sounds delicious, I will have to try some! 🙂 you have lots of beautiful pictures on your blog, I enjoyed them very much, and your country looks so beautiful! 🙂 You are so lucky to get to see the grass everyday and to be around nature. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Photo receipt of buryat’s butter tea. | ~ Russian Farm ~

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