Russian cabbage borscht

    1 hour 5 min

    An elderly lady residing in Turkey served this to a friend of ours while he was in that country several years ago. She has since passed away, but her recipe lives on. It is the best Borscht recipe I've ever enjoyed. Serve topped with soured cream, extra dill and chopped fresh tomatoes.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 225g thinly sliced potatoes
    • 140g thinly sliced beetroot
    • 1L vegetable stock or water
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 250g chopped onions
    • 1 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 celery stick, chopped
    • 1 large carrot, sliced
    • 250g coarsely chopped red cabbage
    • black pepper to taste
    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh dill
    • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 250ml passata
    • soured cream, for topping
    • chopped tomatoes, for garnish

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Place sliced potatoes and beetroot in a medium saucepan over high heat; cover with stock, and boil until vegetables are tender. Remove potatoes and beetroot with a slotted spoon, and reserve stock.
    2. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Stir in onions, caraway seeds and salt; cook until onions become soft and translucent. Then stir in celery, carrots and cabbage. Mix in reserved stock; cook, covered, until all vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
    3. Add potatoes and beetroot to the pan. Season with black pepper and dill. Stir in cider vinegar, honey and passata. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer at least 30 minutes. Serve topped with soured cream, extra dill and chopped fresh tomatoes.

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    For God's sake author, Russians do not even know what passata is, never mind use it for their borscht! I am telling it as somebody who has been cooking borscht all her life, this is just an improvisation, sorry.  -  07 Jun 2010


    the recipe tastes very nice especially with the caraway seeds but in my view it needs more liquid or else it isn't soupy enough and I think it need more beetroot too be truely authentic - but nonetheless very nice.  -  15 Jan 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. In order to make it in to a soup it needs more liquid - or at least mine did. I added water together with the passata.  -  15 Jan 2011