Lithuanian cold beet soup (šaltibarščiai)


  • 500ml kefir or buttermilk
  • 3 medium beets, boiled and peeled
  • 2 large cucumbers, diced
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled
  • a bunch of chives, chopped
  • a bunch of fresh dill, chopped
  • salt
  • freshly grounded pepper
  • crème fraiche
  • 450 g potatoes


  1. Boil the potatoes. You can either serve the potatoes boiled or to add an extra crisp, quickly sautee them in oil before serving.
  2. Blend the kefir and beets in a blender, season with salt and pepper. You may need quite a bit salt here as the beets give a lot of sweetness and adding salt will balance it, so add it according to your taste.
  3. Stir in the diced cucumber. Divide between plates and serve with a dollop of crème fraiche, a few slices of egg and generously sprinkled with chives, dill, and potatoes on the side. Enjoy!

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