One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Russian dessert made from fruit juice or puree boiled with sugar and water and thickened with potato or cornflour.
- ‘One doesn't have to waste much time and effort in order to make our kissels and compotes.’
- ‘You will also love the honey mousse, and the tasty kissel made with sweetened cranberries.’
- ‘I like my kissel a bit on the sour side, so I tend to use redcurrant juice, cranberries, rhubarb or lingonberries as a starting base.’
From Russian kiselʹ, from a base shared by kislyĭ ‘sour’.
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