Vegan Borscht (Beet) Soup

 

Beetroots (Beta Vulgaris) in Greek Pantzaria or Kokkinogoulia, also known as zacharoteutla, are known in Greece since antiquity as a valuable and nutricious vegetable. Wild Sea Beets (Beta Maritima), being native to the shores of the  Mediterranean region,   has been used as a vegetable for over 2000 years.  There are mentions even by early Greeks and Romans and is the ancestor of cultivated beets, sugar beets and Swiss Chard.

In Greek mythology, beetroots were considered so valuable that they were offered to God Apollo, at Delphi, as a gesture of loyalty and gratitude.  The Oracle at Delphi claimed that beetroots were worth their weight in silver, second only to horseradish in mystic potency.  Aphrodite the Goddess of Love, would eat a lot of beetroots in order to stay beautiful and sexy.  Its colour and shape connects it with the heart and used to be a symbol of love but also as an aphrodisiac.  It is said that if a couple eat out from the same beetroot, they will fall in love.

The Greek doctor Hippocrates (460-377 BC), often called «the Father of Medicine,» advocated the use of beet leaves as bindings for wounds.  It was also a cure for headaches as well as toothaches and other ailments.  Dioscourides and Galenus, two other ancient Greek physicians, believed that beets had properties to produce blood and cure anaemia, something which has been proved in recent years, as the beetroot is rich in iron.

Containing the powerful antioxidant betacyanin, which gives beetroot its deep red hue, this vegetable purifies the blood and has anti-carcinogenic properties. Research shows it boosts the body’s natural defenses in the liver, regenerating immune cells.

Although beetroot was one of the vegetables where in some sites I read that it was good for gallbladder problems, I also read some contradictory opinions.   However, most of them were in favour, so my mind was made up to use them.  I can assure you that my husband did not have any problems after eating them.

I quote some of the medicinal properties of beetroots from an article by  Eve Juurik, The Spring of Life:    «Beets contain an abundance of minerals: potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, iodine, iron, manganese, chlorine, and copper, as well as traces of the rare metals rubidium and caesium; vitamins  B1, B2, niacin, B6, B12, C, P, and beta carotene; flavonoids; natural sugar, and a good quality and quantity of amino acids.

The part of the beet used medicinally is the root. Beetroot contains anti-tumor, emollient, nutritive, rejuvenative, stimulating, resistance-enhancing properties.  Beetroot helps normalize the ph balance of the body and build the blood.  It also increases the uptake of oxygen by as much as 400 percent.  Beetroot has been used as a supportive therapy in diseases of the liver and fatty liver.  It supports and stimulates the liver, gallbladder, kidney, and spleen and increases the flow of bile.  Beets have been used successfully in conditions ofacne, anemia, cancer, diverticulitis, dysmenorrhea, hepatitis, jaundice, nausea, hypoglycemia, leukemia, poor circulation, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and dysentery.  Beetroot helps combat acidosis and aids the natural process of elimination and detoxification.  The beet juice, being an excellent solvent for inorganic calcium deposits, is valuable in the treatment of hypertension, arteriosclerosis, heart trouble, and varicose veins. Read more here

I love beets and have been eating them all my life.  One of the soups I’ve been wanting to make for years is Borscht. Now was a good opportunity to try this amazing Russian soup.  I’ve read a few recipes and most of them contained beef and butter which of course I did not include in the soup because of my husband’s gallbladder problem.  I found a Vegetarian Borscht on which I based my recipe.  If you like beets, i think it was great and would highly recommend it.  I call it a Vegan Borscht because the yoghurt I used is optional and you can always substitute with a vegan sour cream.

 


Vegan Borscht, Recipe Adapted by Ivy

Preparation time:  30 minutes

Cooking times:  about 2 hours

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

5 beets (about 600 grams), finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

6 cups water

1 large bay leaf

250 grams celeriac, finely chopped

2 medium potatoes, cubed

2 tomatoes, peeled and grated

2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

1 tbsp dill, finely chopped

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Salt and a little freshly ground black pepper

Low fat Greek yoghurt or vegan sour cream (optional)

Instructions:

Cut the onion and garlic and set aside.

Cut parsley and dill and set aside.

Fill a large bowl with water and lemon juice.  Wash and cut all the vegetables in smaller pieces.  Leave the potatoes and celeriac last.  See how to clean celeriac here.

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot and sauté the onion and garlic until translucent. Add all the vegetables as well as bay leaf and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and lower heat.  Cover and simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 2 hours.  If needed add more water.   Remove the bay leaf after the first fifteen minutes.

When cooked, add parsley and dill and cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve hot or cold with additional grated black pepper, a swirl of yoghurt or vegan sour cream, a splash of extra virgin olive oil and some fresh dill and parsley.

Note:  For those with gallbladder problems avoid adding extra black pepper, yoghurt, sour cream or olive olive oil on top.


Disclaimer:   I’m not a doctor, I’m not a surgeon and I’m not a dietician.  Each person may have different symptoms, so please consult your doctor before following this diet.

Recipes adapted for Gallbadder Diet:

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Gallbladder Diet

Makaronia me Kima (spaghetti with Meat Sauce)

Milokopi (Bearded Umbrine) with Roasted Vegetables

Chicken Burgers

Pumpkin-Potato Puree

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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Χωρίς σχόλια on Vegan Borscht (Beet) Soup

  1. Ο/Η Rosa λέει:

    It looks wonderful! I’d love to eat some for lunch.

    Have a nice day.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Ο/Η Jill Colonna λέει:

    Ivy, I’ve been meaning to try Borscht for so long and so you’ve inspired me. Loved your adaptation here and when it’s so healthy, you can’t beet it! (groan…)
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  3. Ο/Η Caffettiera λέει:

    I just received a bunch of beetroots, and I’ve always wanted to make borsch too. I was not aware I had such a powerhouse in my fridge!
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  4. Ο/Η Rich λέει:

    This looks amazing! I am definitely going to make it this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes; I am not exactly the best in the kitchen.

  5. Ο/Η Joyce λέει:

    This looks delicious. I’ll try making it soon.
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  6. Ο/Η Simona λέει:

    I must give borscht a try. I like making soups and I like beets, so nothing should stop me. Thanks for reminding me. In the meantime, can I have a bowl of yours?
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  7. Ο/Η Gracie λέει:

    This kind of soup looks amazing and delicious..I want to try some..Thanks for sharing this to us..

  8. Ο/Η Eftychia λέει:

    I never cooked anything similar to this soup. It sounds healthy and tasty. I will save this recipe for a future reference. Thank you Ivy!
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  9. Ο/Η Rich λέει:

    I made this last night with some friends as part of a small dinner part; very tasty and fun to work on as a group! Thanks.

  10. Ο/Η niacin dangers λέει:

    I’ve never heard beetroots and kopiaste before. Even it doesn’t looks tasty still it looks nutritious.

  11. Ο/Η Ancutza λέει:

    I love this it brings springtime in my plate! Wish you a good day!
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  12. Ο/Η Chetan λέει:

    I love soups. Thanks for sharing importance of beet & recipe of beet soup. Will try out..
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  13. Ο/Η analy λέει:

    thanks… for this post.. i never seen this b4.. and now i know and i want to more about this vegetable…

  14. Ο/Η Mike λέει:

    Hmmm… i’m not a huge fan of beats but I have never seen them made into a soup in this way. Perhaps the taste is improved?

  15. Ο/Η Phil λέει:

    This is the first time i have seen a recipe like this and i’m intreged enough to give it a go

  16. Ο/Η ,John Ransom λέει:

    Numerous studies have shown that beets contain powerful nutrients that help protect against heart disease, stroke, birth defects and cancers, particularly colon cancer. Beets can also help to lower cholesterol levels in the body and have anti-aging effect.

  17. Ο/Η John Ransom λέει:

    wow! this was excellent. I woke up with a random craving for and this really hit the spot! it’s also one of the most aesthetically pleasing dishes I’ve ever cooked, so many deep colors.

  18. Ο/Η ace maxs λέει:

    Loved your adaptation here and when it’s so healthy, you can’t beet it! (groan…)

  19. Ο/Η Andrew λέει:

    Hello,
    This soup looks pretty tasty. Even though I am not a vegan, I will be sure to try this out. Thank you for sharing this,
    Andrew

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