Many years ago my nephew, who was working in Russia, came to stay with us.He is a very affectionate and lovable person.My grand daughters are very fond of him and are informal with him. During his stay with us, the girls started nudging him to cook Russian food for us. I tried to wean away the girls from making such requests.But they were adamant andfinally succeeded in persuading him . He agreed (there was no other way to wriggleout ) Typical Russian cuisine was prepared in our house. My husband ls a strict vegetarian. His request was that nothing non-veg should be cooked. One of the dishes that was made was Borsch Soup. All of us loved the taste of Borsch soup.In our enthusiasm we did not even ask him the recipe.
Today, after a long period of time I came across the recipe of Borche in a newspaper capsule 'Russia and India Report". My nephew is the editor of this paper. The paper carries the recipe of Borsch presented by Elena Revinskaya. Old memories were revived. I am inclined to write the recipe for the benefit of my friends
medium potatoes 2
¼ medium cabbage, diced
1 large beetroot, grated (this soup has a unique and unconvential flavour due to beet root)
1 large carrot, grated
1 large onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
4 garlic cloves chopped
1 tspCoriander leaves
¼ tsp sugar
Curd (substitute to sour cream)
Ground black pepper
Method of preparation
the potatoes into cubes and keep it for boiling
the cabbage into medium size squares and add into the pot soon after
the chopped onions in the pan, add grated carrot, beetroot and
tomatoes and saute on a slow flame till they wilt and become soft.
Then add the chopped garlic, sugar and vinegar and turn off the fire.
the potato and cabbage are fully cooked in the pot, add in the sauteed
with fresh coriander leaves, black pepper and salt. Let it stand for some time, serve
hot with curd (1 table spoon per plate) and garlic bread.
Tip: In order to get bright red colour, do not overcook
This soup can be prepared as vegetarian as well as non vegetarian. If we are looking forward for a non vegetarian soup we can add cooked meat after all the vegetables are cooked.
( Courtesy Sh.Ajay Kamalakaran via India and Russia report)