Lithuanian Cold Borsch – Chłodnik litewski

During hot summer you may like cold cooling soup made of beets and beet’s leaves, buttermilk and spring greens: dill, spring onions and cucumber.


  • 3 young beets with leaves
  • 1l kefir
  • 1 l buttermilk
  • 300 ml sour cream
  • cucumber
  • bunch of dill
  • 3-4 spring onions
  • salt, pepper
  • lemon

Peel beets, cut into 1/4 slices, cover with small amount of water and cook for 8 minutes. Then add cut beet leaves and add to the pot for another 5 minutes. Cool.

In a pot mix buttermilk with kefir and sour cream. Add cut dill, spring onions and diced cucumber. Mix with cooled beets.

Season with salt, pepper, add a splash of lemon juice.

Serve with hard boiled egg and young spring potatoes.

Notes: You can exchange buttermilk and kefir with sour milk and change proportion of them, depending on your preferences. Cooking is not about being a pharmacist, it is following your tastes:)

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