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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

GastronomicGallivant: Russian "All-Veg" Borscht

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Ever since I saw the movie Eastern Promises, I have been making Borscht(Soup) frequently. I have to say that Beet is not my most favorite vegetable.I like it, don't love it but I eat it anyway for all the health benefits it brings.I prefer the pureed version better than the chunkier version.
Ingredients:
  • Beet - 1, large, peeled and diced
  • Potato - 1, medium, cleaned and diced (I used Purple potato)
  • Carrot - 1, medium, peeled and sliced
  • Red Onion - 1, small, halved and then quartered
  • Red Cabbage - 1/2 cup, shredded
  • Bay Leaf - 1
  • Vegetable Stock - 3 cups (Water may be used as well)
  • Garlic pods - 2 medium
  • Red Wine vinegar -  1 tbsp
  • Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Sour Cream - For Garnish
  • Salt and Cracked Pepper - for taste
Procedure:
  • In a stock pot, add the vegetable stock/water, bay leaf, garlic pods, onions, diced potatoes, beets,sliced carrots and shredded cabbage.
  • Bring it to roiling boil with closed lid until the vegetables are tender for about 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper.
  • Discard the bay leaf and puree with an immersion blender.
  • Add the vinegar.Enjoy it warm or cold.
  • Garnish with Sour Cream before serving.
Makes 3 medium servings

Enjoy!
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45 comments:

  1. Wow..What a color lassie..love delicious..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  2. CL, congrats on getting a giveaway @ Sowmya's :)

    The soup sure looks colorful, almost like a perfect dish for a vampire...lol :)

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  3. I love the color of this soup! But I am like you beets are not my favorite...but I do eat them...my favorite way is roasted.

    ps thanks for promoting my giveaway.

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  4. Wow! lovely coloured soup Dear..congrats on winning the giveaway at Sowmya's space..

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  5. Congratulations fo wiining the give away at Sowmya's Creative Saga.
    This soup looks very delicious and colorful.

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  6. Congrats on getting a giveaway dear. All healthy stuffs in one pot.. looks really soooooooo good and with beautiful color.. Loved the recipe too. Yummy!!! I can have these kinds of soup all day without meal..

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  7. I'm only just coming around to beets...if only they didn't make everythign look so pretty I could avoid them forever. But as it is they are just too photogenic. Maybe I would like them better in soup form...this looks awesome, especially with the swirls!

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  8. Congratulations on winning the give-away. Cool recipe, love the color.

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  9. love the colour and by the ingredients , i would say that I certainly love the taste..

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  10. I have never tried this. It looks very good and sounds healthy.

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  11. Congratulations for winning the give away at Sowmya's Creative Saga.
    This soup looks very delicious and colorful.

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  12. Congrads dear for getting the give away. Soup looks so yummy and colourful.

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  13. All veg Borscht looks really good. I love any thing with beets.

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  14. I love the color of the soup so rich....

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  15. Kudos!!!! All the way...... And the prep is delightful..... I loved the presentation, which is making it more tempting....

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  16. hey wow awesome one...that garnish and the color of it making me to have a sip rgt now....nice blog...
    I alwaz love to see all ur recipes....thanks so much....

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  17. congrts dear..........and delisious and color lassie

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  18. congrats CL,
    You deserve it...Lovely, fascinating n colourful recipe...

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  19. Congrats for winning the giveaway CL..am happy for u dear..

    Wat a beautiful bowl of delicious borscht..looks very catchy..

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  20. Hey dear, lovely post!! This soup looks very delicious and colorful!! Kisses

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  21. OH wow, what an attractive colour combo! Really stunning! I need a sip.... don't mind, right? hehe... Hope you're having a wonderful day!
    Cheers, Kristy

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  22. It was just yesterday i was contemplating whether to buy beet or not and then i vaguely asked ro if he likes it and he said no..so that kinda solved it for me..but just for the heck of it it like to see what it tastes like..never had beet can u blve tht?

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  23. Congrats on winning the giveaway at Sowmya's Creative saga.....Love the color...I love beets so this I'm going to try....

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  24. What an eye-catchy, attractive color. It looks creamy and delicious. Great presentation. Congrats for the win.

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  25. I love how this is equally delicious cold or hot! Always love the colour of beetroot!

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  26. love the colur of this soup and the white swirl is really pretty.

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  27. Beautiful colour of the soup and very healthy too.

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  28. looks superb.
    cool lassie you are welcome to collect the queen award from my blog.

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  29. looks superb.
    cool lassie you are welcome to collect the queen award from my blog.

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  30. Congrats on winning the giveaway! The veggie borscht looks splendid :-)

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  31. Beautiful colour, looks tempting and yummy.

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  32. கலரினை பார்க்கும் பொழுதே அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது...சூப்பர்ப்...

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  33. The color is so brilliant, it may even inspire a staunch carnivore like myself :)

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  34. Love the color of this veggie soup..Great recipe!!

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  35. les couleurs sont magnifique et la soupe doit être vraiment délicieuse et légère, j'aime beaucoup
    bonne soirée

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  36. what a bful color,yum and delcious ..looks mouthwatering...mindblowing...must say u like to play with colors...ur all dishes r so colorful ..great treat to eyes......

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  37. wow yummy and healthy soup.. What a color.

    First time here . You have a great blog.

    if u have time visit my blog

    http://sailajasrecipes.blogspot.com

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  38. I might just try this. I'm not a fan of beets, but my husband likes them. I trust you when you don't care for them either but can eat this! Looks lovely!

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  39. so impressive...you know, hailing form Eastern Europe I have grown up with this staple served almost once a week. My mom always has Borsh (or Borstch) in the cellar- this one is actually the base made of fermented wheat bran, used in a variety of borstch-es. The beet root one is my favourite though. Congratulations! Great recipe and presentation!

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