Borscht with Kvas (Beetroot Soup)

Borscht (borsht or borshch ) is traditionally an Eastern Europe soup where the prominence is given to Beetroot along with other vegetables. There are basically two variations of this soup – hot and cold and since we are not fans of cold soup, I opted for the former. It is totally yummy with minimal ingredients and effervescent flavors. The color is deep red thanks to the beetroot and its only enhanced further with the addition of Beetroot Kvas.

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 2 beetroot, peeled
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of tomato puree
  • 1 bay leaf
  • few sprigs of parsley/cilantro
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 4-5 whole black peppercorns
  • about 3 cups of water/vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cup of beetroot Kvas (recipe follows)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • few chives to garnish
  • 2-3 tsp of fresh lemon juice
1. To prepare Beetroot Kvas Grate one beetroot, add it to 2/3 cup of water and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Cover and set aside for about 30 min.
2. For Borscht In a saucepan, in 1/2 tsp of olive oil, saute the onions until soft (yes, chop onions first - otherwise they will look 'bloody' like this one :)
3. Chop beetroot, celery and carrot into thick strips and then along with garlic add them to the onions. Saute for 2 seconds with little salt (about a pinch or so).
4. Add the tomato puree and saute for another 1-2 min.
5. Tie the bay leaf, peppercorns, herbs and cloves in a muslin cloth. Add about 3 cups of water/stock to the saucepan, drop the muslin cloth with the stock, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
6. Remove the muslin bag, add the strained Kvas, season to taste and serve garnished with chives.

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By Gina on Feb 24, 2012

It is lithuanian tradicional soup :)

By Neha on Feb 25, 2009

Such a lovely color n so nice pictures DK.
Thanx for sending..

By Klik on Feb 18, 2009

Never thought, that ordinary Borscht may be so...just have no words to describe! Perfect! I'm from Russia, and practicaly in every family mums cooking that type of soup. Often. But when I saw your photo, I just couldn't imagine, what it is! Good soup, good serving, good photo! Brava!

By Allie on Feb 11, 2009

Lovely borscht! I've never done it w/ the kvas before, but it looks wonderful and I think I'll try it with the kvas next time!

By Occasional Martha on Feb 11, 2009

I made borscht for ITB, too! So interesting to see the many variations of the same sort of idea. Yours looks so good! Great stain removal tips, too!

By Scott at Real Epicurean on Feb 11, 2009

Well it seems that 3 of us submitted different versions of the same dish for this event! I did a Polish Barszcz - spelled a bit different but in essence the same idea.

The fact that this soup has spread across so many countries is testimony to how delicious it is!

By Soma on Feb 11, 2009

I love soup. This one has one beautiful color.

By DK on Feb 11, 2009

Thanks girls. I appreciate each one of your comment :)

@Trupti - Thanks for the event details dear..will update my post soon..will def chk in with your event..sounds great :)

By Anushruti on Feb 11, 2009

Your Borscht looks good and the accompanying picture is well shot.

By Madhu on Feb 10, 2009

Wow..lovely color.The soup is very tempting..

By Cynthia on Feb 9, 2009

I am in love with the colour.

By Curry Leaf on Feb 9, 2009

Lovely dear,I too love Borscht and has been making the Veg version from Mahanandi

By Uma on Feb 9, 2009

beautiful color! mouthwatering soup. Thanks for the nice tips too!

By Pavani on Feb 9, 2009

I love beetroots and the color of them, but my DH is a strong hater. Will try this just for myself.

By veggie belly on Feb 9, 2009

Ive only had the indian version of beetroot soup - with cumin and pepper. Love your pics, looks colorful and healthy!

By Ashwini on Feb 9, 2009

wow nice recipe abd lovely beetroot looks mouth watering..

By Trupti on Feb 9, 2009

wow Dhivya..soup looks very delicious..nice color & very nice photos.

If you want you can send this recipe to Neha's SWC:Soups event.

Check out MBP: Kids Menu & if possible do participate in it.

By Asha on Feb 9, 2009

Beautiful color, kids like soups like Broccoli and cheese etc. Enjoy the detoxing! :)

I have 2 French dishes I am sending to you today or tomorrow. I replied to you at Aroma last night! ;D

By sunita on Feb 9, 2009

What a gorgeous looking soup, DK :-)

By Indhu on Feb 8, 2009

lovely colour :)
and I am starting to get into soups... will try this one :)

By Nags on Feb 8, 2009

That's a nice soup recipe though if I make it, I will be slicing the vegetables really fine, can't stand chunky vegetables in soup! *snob! I know! :D *