A. Aleksandravičius

Cold beetroot soup

You will experience the real taste of Lithuania cuisine if you taste this easy-to-cook soup, especially popular in Lithuania – „šaltibarčiai“ (cold beetroot oup, pink soup)! The soup has a shocking bright pink colour due to the natural beetroot juice and an incredibly fresh taste due to the most important ingriedent in the cold soup – kephir, recognized by nutritionists as one of the healthiest products in the world. 

Carlo petrini, an Italian founder and leader of the famous Slow Food movement, has called Lithuanian cold beetroot soup „the world‘s most aesthetic cold soup“. 

You’ll need:

Beetroots, boiled or marinated – 500 g.
Cucumbers – 200 g.
Dill – 20 g.
Green onions – 30 g.
Kefir – 1 l.
Milk – depends on how liquid you want your soup to be.
Boiled eggs – 2 pcs.
Sour cream – 100 ml.

Steps to prepare the Cold Pink Soup:

  • Finely chop the dill and the green onions;
  • Cut an unpeeled cucumber into small cubes;
  • Grate the boiled or marinated beetroots into the pot together with the greens;
  • Add salt and sour cream, pour in the kefir and mix everything together;
  • Chop up the boiled eggs and add to the soup;
  • Water the soup down with milk, squeeze in some lemon juice if you like it sour;
  • Serve the Cold Pink Soup with boiled or fried potatoes sprinkled with dill.