Beetroot soup is not only an amazing color but also delicious. Try this classic cold soup with the fresh flavors of summer.
Cold soup recipes appeared a long time ago. Beetroot soup, okroshka and sorrel soup are related to cold soups, traditionally served on hot summer days, when refreshing food is particularly relevant.
Beetroot soup got its name from its main ingredient. It is typical of the Belarusians to call dishes by the name of their main ingredient or preparation method. For example, the word draniki (more familiar to foreign guests as potato pancakes) derived from the preparation method, i.e. grating potatoes, and sorrel soup got its name from the compulsory ingredient of this soup — sorrel.
3 litres water
3 small raw beetroots
1 lemon, juice only
2 small fresh cucumbers
1 bunch green onions
1 tbsp sugar
salt, to taste
The Slavs began to eat beets with the advent of Christianity from the Byzantine Empire. They spread quickly and became one of the most favorite and popular vegetables. There are a lot of tasty dishes that can be cooked with beets, for example, a very popular soup called baćvińnik is made from young beet leaves and sprouts. There are also baked stuffed beets and all kinds of salads and snacks, including the well-known beetroot salad called vinaigrette.
The Belarusians make beet kvass, beet jam, beet candies, and even homemade beet sugar. The recipes can be found in old cookbooks. Wonderfully refreshing cold beetroot soup is very appealing in the summer. It can be prepared on the basis of beet kvass, or boiled beets.
Every region of Belarus can boast of its own special recipe for this dish, but here is the most popular and common one.
Cut out three small sheets of kitchen foil and fold the foil carefully around the beets. Preheat the oven and bake the beetroots until softened.
Peel the baked beetroots and grate them. Cover with boiling water and set aside to cool.
Boil the eggs, then cut two of them. Chop finely the cucumbers and the green onions.
Add the lemon juice, sugar, salt, eggs, cucumbers, onions into the cooled beet broth and slightly mix all the ingredients.
Divide the broth between serving bowls, add the sour cream and top with the boiled egg halves and chopped parsley.
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