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A delicious vegetarian Cold Beet Soup, made from beets, cucumbers, kefir and lots of dill - called Holodnik (холодник). Full of Probiotics. Tasty like Okroshka or Svekolnik, the perfect chilled soup on a hot summer's day.
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Cold Beet Soup - Holodnik (холодник)

A delicious vegetarian Cold Beet Soup, made from beets, cucumbers, kefir and lots of dill - called Holodnik (холодник). Full of Probiotics. Tasty like Okroshka or Svekolnik, the perfect chilled soup on a hot summer's day.
Course Soup
Cuisine Russian
Keyword chlodnik, Cold Beet Soup, holodnik
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 large beets about 1kg or 2 lbs
  • 1 cucumber
  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 litre kefir
  • 1 litre beet stock water reserved from boiled beets
  • 3 green onions
  • juice of a lemon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • dill bunch chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  • Peel the beets and boil them until they are cooked and soft (easily pierced with a fork). This will take around 40 minutes, depending on the size of the beets. Reserve 1 litre of the liquid for your soup. Grate the beets and set aside.
  • Finely chop the cucumbers, green onions and 6 of the hard boiled eggs. Slice the remaining 4 hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise and set aside.
  • In a pot, combine the kefir, lemon juice and the beet stock. Season with salt and adjust to taste.
  • Mix in the grated beets, cucumber, chopped eggs, green onions, and refrigerate in the frige until cold.
  • Serve with ½ egg in each bowl, along with a generous dollop of sour cream and dill. Enjoy.