How To Prepare Traditional Borscht Soup at Home

Updated: 8 September, 2022 seen 20

Borscht is a sour soup common in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. In English, the word "borscht" is most often associated with the soup's variant of Ukrainian origin, made with red beetroots as one of the main ingredients, which give the dish its distinctive red color. The same name, however, is also used for a wide selection of sour-tasting soups without beetroots, such as sorrel-based green borscht, rye-based white borscht, and cabbage borscht.

In today's Food Blogger series I will share my way of preparing traditional red beetroot borscht at home. For the truth's sake, it was my borscht soup I made, but once you know the trick of how to prepare soups, the rest is just a matter of ingredients.

Ingredients I will use today: 3 beetroots, 1 potato, 1/4 cabbage, carrots, onion, salt, vinegar (optional), greens, garlic

Cooking directions: Boil beetroots for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, then rinse them under running cold water for about 5-10 minutes (that will make beetroot soft). Chop onions and carrots, fry them in the same pot you are going to boil the sup. Grate the beetroot and put it in the pot with some 2 liters of water. Cut cabbage, potato, and greens and add to the soup. Now you can add some salt and pepper, garlic, Boil until all is ready (for about 40-50 minutes). Serve with sour cream.

Boiling beetroot for about and hour
Boiling beetroot for about and hour

I boiled more than just 3 beetroots, as the rest of beetroots will use for some other dish, like beetroot salad

Put beetroots under running cold water for about 5 minutes
Put beetroots under running cold water for about 5 minutes

Just do it, I don't know for how long they should actually stay under the running water, but I usaully just leave the tap open, while working on some other ingredients, like chopping or something

Frying carrots and onion
Frying carrots and onion

I have learned that carrot and onion is the base of most of the soups, and not only

Peeling beetroot
Peeling beetroot

One of the messiet works in the kitchen, to avoid ultra mess - I peel them inside the bown put inside the sink

Grated beetroot
Grated beetroot
Boiling borscht soup
Boiling borscht soup

Boil for another 40-50 minutes, add more salt, species, greens. 

Borscht soup served
Borscht soup served

Some sour cream would be recommended. Hope you enjoyed this recipe.