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Russia – Borscht soup

Russia – Borscht soup

Vegetarianism is growing rapidly in New Zealand, but other parts of the world have had meat-free cuisines for centuries. For a rich and varied plant-based diet, talk to Chinese, Indians, Mexicans… Our wonderful volunteers have shared authentic recipes from around the world. Most of these recipes were traditionally vegan, but some were meat-based recipes that have been ‘veganised’. We have collected 31 recipes from 31 different countries to share with you – one for each day of October.

This recipe is made by Viktoria Lencses – she got the recipe from https://natashaskitchen.com/classic-russian-borscht-recipe

Ingredients

For Borscht:

  • 3 medium beets peeled and grated
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 4 cups vegetable broth + 6 cups water
  • 3 medium Yukon potatoes peeled and sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 carrots peeled and thinly sliced

For Zazharka (Mirepoix):

  • 2 celery ribs trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper finely chopped, optional
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp tomato sauce

Additional Flavorings:

  • 1 can white cannelini beans with their juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 Tbsp white vinegar or to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large garlic clove pressed
  • 3 Tbsp chopped dill

Instructions

  1. Peel, grate and/or slice all vegetables, keeping sliced potatoes in cold water until ready to use.

  2. Heat a large soup pot over medium/high heat and add 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add grated beets and sauté 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until beets are softened. 

  3. Add 4 cups broth and 6 cups water. Add sliced potatoes and sliced carrots then cook for 10-15 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.

  4. While potatoes are cooking, place a large skillet over medium/high heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Add chopped onion, celery and bell pepper. Saute stirring occasionally until softened and lightly golden (7-8 minutes). Add 4 Tbsp Ketchup and stir fry 30 seconds then transfer to the soup pot to continue cooking with the potatoes.

  5. When potatoes and carrots reach desired softness, add 1 can of beans with their juice, 2 bay leaves, 2-3 Tbsp white vinegar, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 pressed garlic clove, and 3 Tbsp chopped dill. Simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes and add more salt and vinegar to taste.