Dhania, Jeera Borstch

Dhania, Jeera Borstch


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About this recipe: Beetroot is delicious with other vegetables in this version of the Russian classic soup.

Brenda Houghton

Serves: 6 

  • 500 g raw beetroot, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • 50 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 150 g onions, chopped
  • 1 small red or yellow capsicum, deseeded and chopped
  • 175 g potatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1.2 litres vegetable stock
  • A pinch of dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper
  • To garnish: 150 g low-fat curd and chopped fresh chives

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Put the beetroot, celery, mushrooms, onions, pepper and potatoes into a large saucepan and stir in the oil. Cook over a high heat, stirring, until the vegetables start to sizzle. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes without lifting the lid.
  2. Stir in the coriander and cumin and cook for a further 1-2 minutes. Add the stock and thyme, bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the soup into bowls and garnish each serving with curd and a sprinkling of chives.
  4. Variation: to make a smooth soup, purée all the ingredients at the end of Step 2 in a food processor or by using a hand-held mixer.

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