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Beetroot Soup or Borscht Recipe

Updated on August 22, 2016
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How to Make Quick and Easy Borsht (Beetroot Soup) - a Recipe for Autumn, Winter and Spring, when Beetroots are in Season

Borscht (also spelt Borsht) or Beetroot Soup is a traditional Jewish delicacy.

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Borsht is Also a Popular Traditional Soup Throughout Eastern Europe

You can find variations of Borscht from Russia to Poland and Bulgaria, so, clearly, the Jews brought the recipe with them when they left Eastern Europe in the Diaspora.

Beetroot Soup Recipes are quite varied, and in Omsk, Russia, I tasted a much thinner version of Borsht, made mainly with cabbage and just a few shreds of beetroot and carrot. I have recently even bought Polish borsht as a packet soup, and in concentrated form in a bottle, from our local ethnic store. Some Romanian friends gave me yet another variant, which they called borsht (or bors"), but which didn't contain any beetroot but instead a fermented slightly sour-tasting liquid and lovage. It was quite tasty, but I much prefer my version.

The recipe below is Borsht the way my Mother used to make it (what a cliché!).

Beetroot soup is cheap to make, because it uses seasonal vegetables and very few ingredients. It is good for vegetarians as no meat is involved, and it is nourishing and tasty. What more could you ask?

First of All, a Word of Warning: Beware of Beetroot Stains

Beetroot stains everything,

from hands to wooden surfaces,

to clothes - a beautiful rich colour,

but not one you necessarily want in

inappropriate places!

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 Minutes and 20 - 30 Minutes cooking

Total Time: 25 - 35 Minutes

Serves: 4

Beetroot Soup Ingredients

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Fresh Beetroot
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • Half a Lemon
  • Half a teaspoonful of Salt
  • 1 teaspoonful of Sugar (or equivalent sweetener)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons of Sour Cream or thick plain Yogurt

Variations

  • Many people grate the beetroot before cooking, but this is messy, so I don't do it.
  • Many people have just a blob of sour cream on the top of the soup. Not me, I like everything mixed in together in a pink swirl.
  • Recently I have been adding thick yoghourt to my beetroot soup instead of cream, as I think it might be healthier and better if you are trying to lose weight or cut down on fatty things.

So this is the way I make borsht:

Instructions

  1. Wash the beetroots and remove leaves and any blemishes.
  2. Boil the beetroots for about 5 minutes to loosen the skin, then throw away the water.
  3. Peel and slice the beetroots and cover them in about one and a half pints of fresh water.
  4. Add juice of half a lemon, salt and sugar.
  5. Bring to the boil and gently simmer until the beetroot is soft (about 15 - 20 minutes), then let it cool slightly. Add any further lemon, salt or sugar to suit your taste - I think lemon juice brings out the flavour, but the sourness needs to be counteracted with sweetening, as this soup has a mildly sweet flavour.
  6. Take about half the beetroot slices, blend them with a little of the liquid in a blender, adding the two egg yolks and the cream or yogurt. Then add them slowly to the soup, stirring the mixture to stop it curdling. Bring it slowly to the boil and simmer for about one minute.

Notes:

1. The soup can be served hot or cold.

2 Sometimes I use about quarter of a pint of milk instead of cream or yogurt. Milk and lemon juice tend to curdle, but this is avoided if you add the milk slowly whilst stirring, and then heat it slowly, maintaining the soup below boiling point.

3 The egg yolks thicken the soup, but you need to stir them in when the soup has cooled.

Here's a Variation on What Borsht Looks Like - The Russian Version

Photographic Print, Titled "Borscht, a Traditional Russian Beetroot Soup, Moscow, Russia, Europe"
Photographic Print, Titled "Borscht, a Traditional Russian Beetroot Soup, Moscow, Russia, Europe" | Source

You can see that this version is quite a thin soup, with little bits of vegetable floating about - unlike mine, which is thicker, and a different colour becaus


It looks different again if you use one of the many versions of borsht cup soup now available. They are actually quite tasty, but, to my way of eating, fresh tastes best".

Instant Borsch - this is the one I sometimes use when I just want an instant cup soup

Red Borsch Instant Soup Product of Poland Winiary 170g
Red Borsch Instant Soup Product of Poland Winiary 170g

It's nowhere near as good as the fresh home-made version, but makes a pleasant and comforting hot drink and it's amazingly cheap!

I always keep some in my cupboard, along with the tea and coffee.

When I make it, I usually add a little lemon juice and yogurt, cream or even milk, to make it more like the real thing.

 

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I love borscht soup. My grandma makes it but hers is orange ish in color. She adds beef to it so maybe that is why. But it tastes so good! Thanks for the recipe. I want to see how it is!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Diana, this recipe looks really good. And something that I can even make, I hope. Will let you know how it works. (smiley face)

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have never made this type of soup before. Sounds interesting.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @SandyMertens: It's a bit like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. I'm the only one out of my family who actually likes (loves) it, following the tradition of my mother and grandmother.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I've always wanted to try beetroot soup - now I shall - thanks to you

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      My family is from Russia and we make beet borscht also - we use sour salt in lieu of lemon but I think I'll try your recipe - I like the idea of thickening the borscht with eggs. Will follow up and let you know how it went.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never eaten Beetroot so maybe I need to give it a try.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm scared of trying something like this. Guess I should taste it in a restaurant to see if I'd like the taste first.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I love beets, but haven't tried making the soup yet.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @jptanabe: It only needs very cheap ingredients, so you won't have wasted much money, just a bit of time if you don't like it - and maybe you know someone else who will like it

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Virginia Allain: That would be a good idea, or try the beetroot soup essence - if you like that, just remember home made borsht is much better!

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @OhMe: Nothing venture, nothing win.

      I'm amazed at how many of you have never tried it. Depends on your background really, doesn't it?

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      Arco Hess 2 years ago from Kansas City, Kansas

      Yum! For whatever reason, beets have been so incredibly hard to find lately. I use to find them all the time. I've been wanting to cook up some borscht.

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      Diana Grant 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      They are seasonal, so maybe you've been looking at the wrong time

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      Sylvia 8 months ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      I've always wanted to try this soup and especially to try making it. My husband loves beets. Your recipe sounds wonderfully easy and delicious too. I'm going to save it for when I harvest our first crop of beets (cross your fingers!).

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      Diana Grant 7 months ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, soup-making couldn't get much easier than this simple recipe, because there are so few ingredients

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