Cold beetroot soup

Name, Surname:
Sandra Bekesiute; 21, from Lithuania

Personal story:
I learned this recipe from my parents and they learned it from my grand-parents. This soup is like a messenger of summer. With the first spell of warmth after winter every family in Lithuania makes this soup. The smell of fresh cucumbers, scallops and dills drives away the winter lethargy. Yet the pink colour raises suspicion among foreigners. Once I had guests from abroad. Cold beetroot soup was served for lunch but they did not try it because it looked weird.

Difficulty Level
Difficulty Level II

Time
How much does it take to prepare it? 15 min.
How much does it take to cook it? 15 min.

Cooking utensils What are the necessary tools for cooking the dish?
Pot, knife, cutting board, grater.

People For how many people?
4 persons.

Ingredients List of ingredients with quantity.
1 litre of kefir (Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir grains), 4 medium size beetroots, 2 cucumbers, 3 eggs, 1 scallion (spring onion), a pinch of dill, salt, 1 spoon of sour cream per serving to garnish, 4-6 potatoes as a side dish.

Steps
Boil the beetroots. Boil the eggs. Peel and boil potatoes. Peel boiled beetroots and grate or cut them in fine shreds Soak the beetroots in boiling water, strain and cool them. Dice the cucumbers. Chop scallions and dill. Chop boiled eggs. Place all ingredients into a pot or a big bowl. Add kefir and stir gently to combine, add salt by taste. Chill and garnish with dollops of sour cream before serving.

Practical tips and secrets Any secret to make the recipe tastier?
If chopped scallions and dill are mashed with salt before adding other ingredients, they give more intensive flavour. The soup gets a better taste after staying for a few hours in the fridge. Pickled beetroots can be used instead a raw. The soup is faster to make and has a more sour taste. The soup can be thinned by adding ice cubes or iced water. Potatoes eaten as a side dish are tastier when fried after boiling.

Healthy tips Which health diseases can this dish help to combat?
Beetroots are low in calories and rich in fibre. In combination with kefir they improve digestion and treat constipation. They are also rich in nitrates that reduce blood pressure and improve blood circulation.

Seasonal tips Which season is the best time for having the dish?
Cold soup is best in summer. It is very refreshing, quick and easy to make, and healthy.

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