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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Drinks around the World by Kid World Citizen: Poland

 Becky of Kid World Citizen has a series of "Around the world" posts with recipes or crafts. This time, she decided to feature drinks from different countries. I wanted to submit two great drinks from Poland, kisiel and kompot. Both are made with fruit and I used strawberries for both of them. They came out delicious, so here are the recipes.


Kisiel (or kissel, you can read more about it here) is a drink amde with fruit, sugar and potatoe starch or maizena. The texture is somewhere between juice and jello, you can drink it, but you have to slurp it. I liked it as a child and found that it is extremely easy to make kisiel at home. And now, you can too!

The recipe in Polish is here.

300g strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon potatoe starch (I used maizena and had to add some more)
300ml water

Blend the strawberries until smooth. Add water and bring to a boil. Mix the potatoe starch with some water and add to the strawberry mix. Cook for a while more. Done. It's so simple! And delicious. You can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking. My husband also added yoghurt, but condensed milk would work as well.


I know almost every country has their own version of this. In France, "compote" is fruit mousse. In Germany, there is "Kompott" that can also be eaten. In Poland, kompot is homemade fruit juice with fruit inside (see more about it here). It can be made from all kinds of fruit, incluidng dry fruit. I chose strawberries because it's the season and I just loooove strawberries!
I got my recipe here, but changed it a little.

500g strawberries
1,5 cup sugar
2 liters water (I used half of the ingredients)

Boil the water and dissolve the sugar in it. When it's done, add strawberries and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 more minutes.You can serve it hot, lukewarm or cold.

The cool thing is that you can drink the juice and then eat the fruit- awesome!

These drinks are very easy to make and plase children and adults alike!

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  1. Kisiel sounds interesting. I might have to give it a go.

    1. Oh by all means, please do. It's delicious and fun!

  2. I make kisiel in a different way (I'm also Polish living abroad :)).
    I don't want to boil the fruits not to kill their vitamines and taste. So my way is here (the same proportions):
    - boil water
    - in a mug blend fruits with starch, sugar and some water may be needed
    - add the blended mixture to boiling water
    - bring to boiling (stirring constantly!) and set off the fire staight away
    READY :)

    1. Witaj Natalia and thanks for sharing your kisiel recipe. I love your idea and I am sure next time I'll make it, I'll follow your recipe. I love how you can make one dish in so many ways!

    2. SMACZNEGO :)


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