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Nov 092014
 

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My husband spent four years in Moscow,Russia when he was a little boy. My Father in law was posted in the embassy of India in Moscow. Although that was very many years back still he talks about few dishes which remained in his heart like Bubliki, russian style bagels and Borsch, russian beetroot soup. My Mother in law makes this occasionally. I looked on the web to find a recipe which is authentic and still workable. Since I myself have never tried the authentic Borsch I really cannot comment on the authenticity of this recipe but I know for sure that it was damn tasty, healthy and fulfilling. 

Borsch is a soup from Ukrainian Origin that is very popular in many Eastern European Cuisine including those of Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. It is largely made with Beetroot as the main ingredient, which explains the deep red colour. Nevertheless, there are many non beet versions also. It is served both hot and cold. Today I am sharing the beetroot hot version with you. Borsch is also known as Borscht, Borsh, Borshch, Bortsch, Borstch.

Some times even Bacon is added to give that smoky flavour. But we will stick to complete vegetarian variant.

Directions:

1. Soak red kidney beans over night or atleast 7-8 hours and boil them till they are soft and tender. You can even use canned beans.

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2. Finely shred cabbage,grate carrot and chop onions. Set aside.

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3. Cube some boiled potatoes and shred boiled beetroot. Set aside.

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4. In a wok add some olive oil and add onions and carrots.

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5. Saute them for 7 to 10 minutes or until they are soft. Add tomato ketchup and combine. Set aside.

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6. In a large soup pot or saucepan add water and boiled potatoes.

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7. Throw in shredded cabbage and beetroot. Keep boiling it till the crunch of the cabbage has disappeared and it has become soft and tender.

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8. Add boiled red kidney beans along with its water.

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9. Add a bay leaf to the simmering pot.

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10. Add vegetable broth. I used broth bullion along with water. Also add pepper and Lemon juice. You can even add fresh or dried dill if you like. I did not have any so I skipped.

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11. Add sauteed carrots and onions to the soup pot.

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12. Add salt to taste. Keep simmering till it has reached perfect consistency as per your taste.

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13. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and beetroot garlic bread

If you are looking for more soup recipes you can try Mexican Chicken Consome with Rice, Classic Tomato Soup, Mexican Soup of Red Kidney Beans.

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Classic Russian Borsch | Russian Beetroot & Vegetable Soup
Serves 4
Classic Russian soup largely made with beetroot and other vegetables.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large beetroots, thoroughly washed, peeled and boiled
  2. 1 large potatoes, boiled
  3. 1 Tbsp of cooking oil
  4. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  5. 1 carrot, grated
  6. 4 head of cabbage, thinly chopped (see picture)
  7. 1 can kidney beans with their juice or 1/2 cup kidney beans boiled
  8. 1 bay leaves
  9. 5 cups water and 2 cups vegetable broth or stock
  10. 2 Tbsp ketchup
  11. 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  12. ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  13. Salt to taste
  14. 1 tsp chopped dill (optional)
  15. Sour Cream for garnish
Instructions
  1. Soak red kidney beans over night or atleast 7-8 hours and boil them till they are soft and tender. You can even use canned beans.
  2. Finely shred cabbage,grate carrot and chop onions. Set aside.
  3. Cube some boiled potatoes and shred boiled beetroot. Set aside.
  4. In a wok add some olive oil and add onions and carrots.
  5. Saute them for 7 to 10 minutes or until they are soft. Add tomato ketchup and combine. Set aside.
  6. In a large soup pot or saucepan add water and boiled potatoes.
  7. Throw in shredded cabbage and beetroot. Keep boiling it till the crunch of the cabbage has disappeared and it has become soft and tender.
  8. Add boiled red kidney beans along with its water.
  9. Add a bay leaf to the simmering pot.
  10. Add vegetable broth. I used broth bullion along with water. Also add pepper and Lemon juice. You can even add fresh or dried dill if you like. I did not have any so I skipped.
  11. Add sauteed carrots and onions to the soup pot.
  12. Add salt to taste. Keep simmering till it has reached perfect consistency as per your taste.
  13. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and beetroot garlic bread.
Adapted from Natasha's Kitchen
Adapted from Natasha's Kitchen
The Secret Ingredient http://www.thesecretingredient.in/
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Comments

  1. Ketchup in a borsch? Seriously?

  2. I never claimed it to be an Borsch authentic recipe. I followed some one's…and why not it tastes great and balances the flavour of the soup! 😉

  3. I never claimed it to be an authentic Borsch recipe. I followed some one's…and why not it tastes great and balances the flavour of the soup! 😉